Apologies and substitutions.
Apologies for absence were received from Mr R Tinlin, Mr A Pike and Ms M Craig (no substitutes).
Thanks to former Chairman
The Chairman, on behalf of the Board, extended the thanks and appreciation to the former Chair, Councillor Salter, for her dedication and contribution to the work of the Board and for the able way in which she Chaired the meetings.
Declarations of interest.
The following members declared interests:
(a) Councillor Velmurugan - All agenda items - non-pecuniary interest - NHS General Practitioner, Council appointed Member to SEPT and SUFHT.
Minutes of the Meeting held on Wednesday, 26th March, 2014
That the minutes of the meeting held on 26th March 2014 be confirmed and signed as a correct record.
Progress on improving the four hour maximum waiting time standard in Accident & Emergency (A&E)
The Board considered a report from the Clinical Chief Officer, Southend CCG, which provided a report from the South East Essex Urgent Care Working Group which set out the progress being made across the health economy on improving the four hour maximum waiting time standard in Accident & Emergency (A&E). The report also sets out the short term actions and longer term goals to ensure compliance against the A&E standard.
The Board noted that considerable improvements had been achieved in meeting the waiting time standard and emphasised the need to continue to plan for the longer term sustainability of A&E. It was highlighted that in terms of primary care provision a number of plans to divert patients from attending A&E who could have their needs met within the community were being explored, e.g. development of GP 'hubs'. In response to a question concerning additional health related walk-in centres the Clinical Chief Officer advised that there were no specific plans for additional walk-in centres. Mr Keay highlighted the improvements made in the ambulance transfer time to hospital. Resolved: 1. That the position and steps being taken to ensure short term improvements be noted. 2. That a further update from the Urgent Care Working Group be provided to the Board in three months time to assure itself that adequate progress was being made.
Southend Health System Strategic Plan 2014-2019
The Board considered a report from the Chief Operating Officer, Southend CCG, which presented the draft CCG Southend Health System Strategic Plan 2014-19 for approval for submission to NHS England on 20th June 2014.
Resolved: 1. That the draft Southend Health System Strategic Plan 2014-2019, subject to further feedback from NHS England Area Team, be approved for submission to NHS England by 20th June 2014. 2. That approval of any significant changes to the plan, following final feedback from NHS England, be delegated to a group comprising the Chair of the Board, SBC Chief Executive, SBC Director for People, CCG Clinical Chief Officer and the Chief Operating Officer and that any significant changes be reported back to the Board. 3. That the updated timescale for refreshing and finalising strategic plans be noted.
Integrated Pioneer Programme, Better Care Fund and Joint Integration
The Board considered a report from the Corporate Director for People which provided updates on the Southend Better Care Fund (BCF) submission and the Integated Pioneer programme.
Resolved: 1. That the updates on the BCF and Integrated Pioneer Programme be noted. 2. That authority to make any final updates/changes to the final BCF Plan be delegated to the Chairman, Chief Executive (SBC), Corporate Director for People (SBC), Clinical Chief Officer and the Chief Operating Officer (Southend CCG) to sign off and make any updates to the final BCF plan prior to submission to NHS England. Any changes to the BCF plan to be reported back to the next meeting of the Board.
Department for People Care Act Update
The Board considered a report from the Corporate Director for People which provided an update on the progress of the Care Act and its implications for the Council in relation to care and support for adults.
Resolved: That the report be noted and any actions that are required be fed back to the Corporate Director for People.
Fulfilling Lives: A Better Start Update
The Board received a verbal update from the Head of Public Health on the successful bid to the Big Lottery Fund Fulfilling Lives: A Better Start programme.
The Board noted that Southend was awarded £40m which would be invested over the next ten years to improve outcomes in pregnancy and early childhood (0-3 years). In response to a number of questions the Board was informed that: The Wards that the funding was targeted at were Milton, Victoria, Westborough, Shoeburyness and West Shoebury as 44% of all children in the borough live in these wards. The ambition and aim was to become a Centre of Excellence for Early Years. The funding could not be used to provide statutory services but can be used to enhance services. Governance was a significant factor in the success of the Bid, in particular the support of the Board. Resolved: That the update on the Fulfilling Lives: A Better Start programme be noted and all those involved be congratulated on their work in putting the successful bid together.
Implementation of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms and the new SEN Code of Practice September 2014
The Board considered a report of the Corporate Director for People which provided an overview of the government reforms for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities that need to be in place from September 2014. The report also update on the progress on implementation in Southend.
In response to a question concerning financial implications the Corporate Director for People advised that the government reforms would be managed within existing resources but highlighted that the reforms could bring opportunities for more efficient and effective use of resources. Resolved: That the report be noted and the developments for greater integrated working for children with SEND as detailed in the report be supported.
Progress on Refresh of Priority Actions
The Board considered a report from the Health & Wellbeing Advisor which provided an overview of the refresh of the Health & Wellbeing Strategy priority actions for 2014/15.
Resolved: That, subject to minor amendments, the report be noted.
The Board received the forward plan of Board activity for the period 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015. This was a rolling plan and would be added to/changed as and when required.
Resolved: That the forward plan be noted.
Date and time of future meetings
Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 at 4.00pm
Wednesday, 3rd December 2014 at 4.00pm Tuesday, 10th February 2015 at 2.00pm Wednesday, 25th March 2015 at 2.30pm