Adult Social Care and Health

Our Councillors have been busy since the last meeting with a number of different working groups having signed off the Quality Accounts for our hospital trusts, ambulance service and Mary Ann Evans Hospice; and the ongoing work looking in-depth at the transition of mental health services.

They will come together for a formal meeting on Wednesday, 16 July (10:00 a.m. at Shire Hall, Warwick) to consider an agenda that looks internally at performance both in Adult Social Care and Public Health. The Children and Young People OSC will also join the committee to consider the People Group Annual Review 2013/14, which covers both children and adults.

This is a public meeting – if you have a question see the agenda for details or just come along to listen.

Transitions of Mental Health Services – we’d like to hear from you!

Scrutiny Members have responded to concerns that have been raised about the inconsistencies in the transition of young people from CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) to adult mental health services by setting up a joint Task and Finish Group that is focusing on the following areas:

  • Information sharing to parents/carers and individuals about future service provision beyond 16 years of age
  • Communication between various key agencies
  • Procedures and arrangements affecting parents/carers.
  • Carers assessments – how these are being offered.
  • The need for a clear pathway for the transition between services.

Have you or someone you care for had any need to use CAMHS services and experienced the transition either between different CAMHS services or between CAMHS and adult mental health services?   If so, we would like to hear from you – both good and bad experiences, and what you think would have made your life easier.

Please send your response to democraticservices@warwickshire.gov.uk.

Scrutiny – Get involved

Time to get involved…..

Scrutiny is one of the building blocks of local democracy. It holds local leaders to account for the decisions they make, challenges performance, and makes suggestions to improve services.

In July Councillors are going to be considering what they want to scrutinise over the next 12 months. If you want to get involved and send us your ideas, either leave us a comment below or email us at democraticservices@warwickshire.gov.uk

These are the issues we would like to hear your views on:

  • Our communities and individuals are safe and protected from harm and are able to remain independent for longer
  • The health and wellbeing of all in Warwickshire is protected.
  • Our economy is vibrant, residents have access to jobs, training and skills development.
  • Warwickshire’s communities are supported by excellent communications and transport infrastructure.
  • Resources and services are targeted effectively and efficiently whether delivered by the local authority, commissioned or in partnership.
  • The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment – are my needs covered?

It’s not necessary to respond to all of these. Feel free to concentrate on the issues you think are most important, or those you have most to say on.  If you are not sure which issues your suggestion fits within, send it along anyway and we will make sure that suggestions are put forward for consideration.

Deadline

It will help us to receive your suggestions on where you think improvements to services need to be made by our deadline of 30 June 2014.  We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

Adult Social Care and Health

7 May 2014 will be another busy meeting for this scrutiny committee. There are a couple of reports from Health colleagues and it will be interesting to hear what NHS England has to report on primary care plans for the area.  We will also hear from Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust on their recent CQC inspection.

Adult Social Care will bring reports on the One Organisational Plan and Charging, and the Committee will be asking Public Health whether they have done what they said they would do one year after returning to local government.

The meeting is open to the public and there is an opportunity for the public to ask questions – contact Ann Mawdsley on 01926 418079 for further details.

Review of 2012 – Adult Social Care and Health

1st April 2013 will bring in a range of new health arrangements to the NHS in England. In our review of what our councillors have done in 2012, much of that work was in preparation for the changes that lie ahead.

Health Partnership Event

The Committee kicked off this work with an event in April 2012 that brought together all the key players, including GPs from the new Clinical Commissioning Groups, representatives from Public Health, members of the Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board and ourselves (the Adult Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee). This event was very successful in establishing links between the different organisations and understanding all our different responsibilities.

Working With Local Councils

Last year also saw our successful bid to become a “Scrutiny Development Area”, which gives us support from the Centre for Public Scrutiny to develop health partnership working with our District and Borough Councils. This is especially important in the context of “health and wellbeing”, as many of the wellbeing services are delivered by these partners and it is right that we all work together to improve services for everyone in Warwickshire.

Focusing on Patient Priorities

For the first time, in 2012 we joined forces with a host of stakeholders to help the five Warwickshire Trusts draw up their Quality Accounts. As a scrutiny committee, we are expected to “sign off” these Quality Accounts every year, and we are trying to make that exercise meaningful to ensure that the voice and experience of the patient and the public is at the centre of all our hospital, ambulance and mental health services. This new process is a joint initiative with our District and Borough Councils, Warwickshire LINk, Coventry City Council and Coventry LINk – and has proved very successful to date.

A Strategic Perspective

We have been keeping a close eye on the development of the Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board, which takes on its full responsibilities on 1 April 2013, and the Chair has been working hard developing relationships with all of the partners who make up the Board to ensure we have a clear vision of what is happening.

Social Care

The Committee has also continued to scrutinise our Adult Social Care services, which are facing a number of challenges. With an aging population and an increasing demand for services for people with more and more complex needs, including dementia, and at a time when resources are tight, our Adult Social Care services are having to meet these challenges without any risk to our residents. Again, 2013 will bring in more changes with the journey of the Social Care Bill, which will, amongst other things, bring changes to how social care is funded, and will have serious implications for local authorities.

Looking Forward

Central to all of the work we have done in 2012 is the strong relationships that have been built up with our partners. There is now clear understanding by all partners about our role as a scrutiny committee in providing the accountability and transparency the public needs for their services.

Adult Social Care and Health Scrutiny

Its that time again! Councillors will be meeting tomorrow morning for their first meeting in 2013. They last met in December, with a meeting focused on some of our hospitals and we had the Chief Execs of both George Eliot and Warwick Hospital attend to discuss a number of issues, including mortality rates.

Tomorrow the focus will be on Adult Social Care, although the Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the CAMHS report will look at health issues at well.

Other items of interest are on safeguarding and the future options for the community meals service.

As always, members of the public are welcome to attend. Further details about the meeting are available on our website.

Adult Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny

The Committee will be meeting again on 5 September and once again have a full and varied agenda.  Members will be scrutinising the Mental Health Services for young people to make sure waiting lists continue to be driven down, as well as a number of other health and social care issues.

As usual, members of the public are welcome to attend.  If you have a question you want to put to members email it through to annmawdsley@warwickshire.gov.uk.

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