Docstoc

STAFFORDSHIRE MOORLANDS DISTRICT COUNCIL.doc

Document Sample
STAFFORDSHIRE MOORLANDS DISTRICT COUNCIL.doc Powered By Docstoc
					                                                                     AGENDA ITEM 11


      STAFFORDSHIRE MOORLANDS DISTRICT COUNCIL

                           Health Scrutiny Panel

                                      Minutes

                         Tuesday, 21st June 2005


     PRESENT:           Councillor M. Ahmad (Chair)

                        Councillor F.R. Alcock, J.N. Hails, A.E. Hobson, H.W.G. Jebb,
                        Mrs. M.A. Motum and C.A. Stone.

     NON-MEMBERS:       Portfolio Holders:
                        Councillor M.J. Locker (Community Involvement)

     APOLOGIES:         Councillor B.T. Cowie, A. Hart, Mrs. C.R. Jebb, P.J. Roberts.

                        Portfolio Holder:
                        Councillor K. Harrison (Healthy Living)
                        Councillor L. Malyon (Resources)



1.   MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 26TH APRIL 2005                                        (1)

     DECIDED:    That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Panel held on the 26 th April
                 2005 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


2.   URGENT ITEMS OF BUSINESS

           There were no urgent items of business.


3.   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST


                                     Member Declaring
            Agenda Item                                           Nature of Interest
                                        Interest
     Agenda Item 5 – Presentation
                                                            Personal – Employee of
     by S.C.C. on School Meal          Cllr. C.A. Stone
                                                            S.C.C.
     Provision.

                                          - 1 -
                             Health Scrutiny Panel - 21 June 2005




4.   PRESENTATION BY MELANIE SWANICK, S.C.C – SCHOOL MEAL                              (4)
     PROVISION IN STAFFORDSHIRE


           The Panel received a presentation from Melanie Swanick, Head of Direct
     Services at Staffordshire County Council on Staffordshire Catering Services.

            In the presentation, Melanie explained the Health Basic Entitlement:

                              Every child matters
                              Fair funding
                              Governors determine level of service and service provider
                              Staffordshire Catering has individual contracts with 72
                               secondary schools
                              Primary opt for central contract

             The Panel was informed that promoting healthy eating in schools leads to an
     improvement in children’s behaviour, children learning better and they were less
     likely to succumb to obesity and illness.

           Staffordshire Catering Service had a Client Charter and a Customer Health
     Charter in place which promised the following:

                                  High Quality at Average Cost
                                  Flexibility
                                  Choice and Variety
                                  Management of Risk
                                  Product and Service Development
                                  Links with Curriculum
                                  Source Resources/Funding
                                  Safe Food
                                  Making Eating Fun

           The Panel was informed that there were three brandings depending on the
     school age ranges:

                                  The Lunch Bunch – Primary School
                                  Midi – Middle School
                                  Xen – Secondary School


           The Panel felt that education was the key to improving children’s health and
     promoting health eating. It was stressed that parents also need to be educated as
     they have a major influence on the eating habits of their children.

            The Panel was informed that a Central Government grant of £300 million was
     available to Staffordshire schools. The idea of the scheme was not to provide free
     food for everybody but to increase the availability of quality foods to young people.

                                             - 2 -
                           Health Scrutiny Panel - 21 June 2005


4.    PRESENTATION BY MELANIE SWANICK, S.C.C – SCHOOL MEAL                           (4)
      PROVISION IN STAFFORDSHIRE (CONTINUED)


            The Panel asked whether the food was locally produced and prepared.

             The Panel was informed that local suppliers were used where possible and
      there was a network of greengrocers set up.

             The Panel was also informed that Vending Machines in schools were to be
      reviewed, especially soft drink machines. These tend to be in secondary schools
      rather than primary schools.

            The Panel thanked Melanie for her informative presentation.

            DECIDED: That the presentation be received.



 5.   PRESENTATION BY PHILIP ALSFORD, SUBSTANCE MISUSE ISSUES                        (5)
      CO-ORDINATOR, COMMUNITY SAFETY PARTNERSHIP


            The Panel received a presentation from Philip Alsford, Substance Misuse
      Issues Co-ordinator, Community Safety Partnership.

             In his presentation, Philip explained that the current service provision
      consisted of treatment services, education to schools and enforcement staff. The
      Drug Action Teams priorities were to:

                         Improve access to Drug and Alcohol Treatment
                         Reduce Drug & Alcohol related deaths and ill health
                         Reduce Drug & Alcohol related crime
                         Reduce social & educational exclusion
                         Improve positive outcomes for Drug & Alcohol treatment


              The Panel was informed that over the next three years there would be a
      significant investment in drugs issues. There would be a community support centre
      opened by the end of July 2005.


             The Panel agreed that 16-24 year olds who binge drink should be targeted in
      an attempt to reduce drug and alcohol related crime and young people under the age
      of 16 should be educated from an early age.




                                            - 3 -
                            Health Scrutiny Panel - 21 June 2005



5.   PRESENTATION BY PHILIP ALSFORD, SUBSTANCE MISUSE ISSUES                             (5)
     CO-ORDINATOR, COMMUNITY SAFETY PARTNERSHIP (CONTINUED)


           The Panel felt that it would be of benefit to write to the PCT to raise its
     concerns over the lack of interest from GP’s to become specialists in the field of
     alcohol and drugs. Members were also interested in establishing statistics from the
     PCT relating to the number of patients treated for alcohol and drugs related illnesses.

            The Chairman thanked Philip for his informative presentation.

            DECIDED:        1) That the drugs and alcohol issue remain on the Panel’s
                                Work Programme for review
                            2) That a letter be sent to the PCT raising concerns over the
                               lack of interest from GP’s to be specialists in the field of
                               alcohol and drugs
                            3) That the PCT be asked to provide statistics relating to the
                               number of patients treated for alcohol and drugs related
                               illnesses.


6.   WORK PROGRAMME                                                                      (6)

          The Panel received a report highlighting the work of the Panel in 2004/05 and
     suggesting ways of developing the work programme for 2005/06.

             It was felt by the Panel that the work programmes must be managed
     effectively and the following should be considered when the work programme was
     devised:

                             Issues identified by Members as a key issue to the public
                             New Government guidance or legislation
                             Issues raised by partners or external organisations
                             Council corporate priorities
                             Services important to the community have been identified
                              through questionnaires, surveys and citizens panels.

             The Panel agreed that the Work Programme for 2005/06 should include
     the following items:

                             Out of Hours Primary Care Service
                             Health Inequalities Action Plan
                             Cheddleton GP Centre
                             Childhood Obesity
                             Cancer Screening Review




                                              - 4 -
                           Health Scrutiny Panel - 21 June 2005



6.   WORK PROGRAMME (CONTINUED)                                                           (6)


           The Panel was informed that with regard to the Out of Hours Primary Care
     Service the PCT were still gathering data and a report was due to be completed in
     the Autumn.

            The Panel was informed of a letter received by the Chairman from Jon
     Holliday of SM PCT regarding Cheddleton GP Centre. The Panel decided to invite
     Mr Holliday to a future meeting.

           The Panel requested that the issue of substance misuse be added to its work
     programme.

           The Panel also requested that when information was sourced from SMPCT,
     contact be also made with North Stoke PCT as some of the wards within the District
     were covered by North Stoke PCT.

                    DECIDED: That the work programme for 2005/06 be approved
                             subject to the addition of ‘substance misuse’.


7.   CANCER SCREENING - REVIEW PROGRESS REPORT                                            (7)

           The Panel received a report providing it with additional findings on issues that
     were raised at its last meeting, in relation to the Cancer Screening Review.

           The report highlighted the progress that had been made in response to the
     NHS Cancer. Research had shown that cancer networks had been set up to monitor
     progress and work with PCT’s to raise standards of cancer care within the PCT.

            The Panel was also updated on research carried out on Prostate Cancer and
     was informed of the tests available and those which may be used to detect prostate
     cancer.

             The Panel agreed that a report should be presented at the next Panel meeting
     which would highlight some of the findings of the Review with a view to developing
     final conclusions and recommendations.

             The Panel felt it would be useful to forward this report to Newcastle PCT for
     their information.

            It was agreed that the possible reduction of breast screening age be added in
     the report particularly in the event of the closure of the screening facility in Hanley.

        DECIDED:           That an interim report be submitted to a future meeting.




                                              - 5 -
                         Health Scrutiny Panel - 21 June 2005




8.   HEALTH SERVICES FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN (YOUNG CARERS)                          (8)

           The Panel received a report highlighting work carried out by Staffordshire
     County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee in respect of Health Services for
     Vulnerable Children (Young Carers) in Staffordshire.

            The report contained an introduction to how the Health Scrutiny Committee
     were developing a Health Scrutiny Programme in Staffordshire, the terms of
     reference of the working group and the conclusions and recommendations of the
     working group.

           DECIDED:         That the Staffordshire County Council be invited to attend a
                            future Panel meeting to present their Review.




                             The Meeting closed at 12.10pm




                                          Chair                                    Date




                                          - 6 -

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:2
posted:8/19/2011
language:English
pages:6
yanyan yan yanyan yan
About