Venue: Solihull Council, Committee Room 1 Civic Suite
Councillor D Harries.
Declarations of Interest
To receive declarations of interest from Members.
Councillor G Moore declared two non-pecuniary interests – as a member of Birmingham LGBT and as a trustee of Birmingham Citizens Advice.
Questions and Deputations
To answer any questions, if any asked by any resident of the Borough pursuant to Standing Orders.
No questions or deputations were received.
To receive the minutes of the previous meeting held on 19th January 2023.
Minutes to follow.
The minutes of the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 19th January 2023 were submitted.
That the minutes of the meeting held on 19th January be approved as a correct record.
Independent reviews at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) - Update PDF 144 KB
Further to the Newsnight and other media coverage in December 2022, relating to alleged concerns regarding patient safety, leadership, culture and governance, in partnership with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), NHS Birmingham and Solihull (ICB) has agreed three independent reviews.
This paper summarises the progress to date.
The BSOL ICS Chief Executive presented the report, which updated Members on the three independent reviews that had been launched, further to Newsnight and other media coverage in December 2022, relating to alleged concerns regarding patient safety, leadership, culture and governance. The following points were raised:
· BSOL ICS had been provided a draft of the Patient Safety Review, which had been completed by the independent clinician Professor Bewick. The Review was now going through a factual accuracy check that BSOL ICS had to undertake, as part of due process.
· All three of the reviewers were clear that they would be happy for their families to use services at UHB. This had also been shared with the Cross-party Reference Group, which included Cllr K Grinsell, as Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Wellbeing and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board.
· The Culture and Well-led reviews were also being undertaken – Professor Bewick had now been commissioned to oversee these reviews as well and to return in June on progress on his first quality report following the initial Newsnight allegations.
· The Rt Hon Preet Gill MP had also agreed to continue chairing the reference group until the conclusion of these reviews in the summer.
Members raised the following queries:
· A Member raised how, in the media, it had been reported the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) had issued an ‘Emerging Concerns Protocol’ to NHS England in regards to UHB and queried this.
· The BSOL Chief Executive explained this related to the management of complaints and confirmed UHB had responded to this protocol appropriately. It was explained that Professor Bewick would take into account this matter, as part of his oversight of the three reviews being undertaken.
· In response to a Member query, the BSOL Chief Executive confirmed Professor Bewick had not identified any red flags in regards to safety.
· A Member requested the estimate timescale on when the full findings of the Patient Safety Review could be shared.
· The BSOL Chief Executive explained timelines had been agreed and it should be possible for this Review to be shared by 9th March
· A Member queried the oversight arrangements in regards to the actions arising from the first review, to ensure ongoing delivery.
· The BSOL Chief Executive confirmed the Cross party Reference Group would continue to review this work. Membership of this Group included Healthwatch, Professional representatives, Union representatives, MPs and Health and Wellbeing Board chairs. A Joint BSOL and NHS E Oversight Group had also been established, to review the delivery of actions in detail. Professor Bewick would also return in June to report on progress. The BSOL Chief Executive also emphasised how a range of measures were being delivered now, as the three reviews were being undertaken, including engaging with staff.
· Another Member also raised the media coverage regarding the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) and UHB. They expressed concern on the Committee finding out about this via the media.
· The BSOL ICS Chief Executive explained the process, whereby ... view the full minutes text for item 5.
Proposed configurations of services across University Hospitals Birmingham - communications and engagement outcomes PDF 2 MB
To receive a communications and engagement update in regards to the proposed configuration of services across University Hospitals Birmingham, following the reporting to the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 13th October 2022.
The UHB Chief Executive introduced the report, regarding the proposed improvement of services and increased capacity across the Trust. This included the following:
· The re-configuration of the delivery of surgical services.
· The development of the Solihull elective hub, with the introduction of six new theatres, and
· The re-introduction of the Solihull Minor Injuries Unit (MIU).
In regards to the Solihull MIU, the UHB Chief Executive confirmed they remained on track for opening in June 2023. For the new theatres, they had started the enabling works, with the planned opening date scheduled for summer 2024.
The UHB Director of Communications informed Members of the communications and engagement activity undertaken, following the reporting to the Committee in October 2022. The combined digital reach of this activity was over 166000 local people and organisations. Ten public engagement sessions were held, including virtual and face-to-face sessions at all hospital sites.
The UHB Director of Communications outlined the feedback from public engagement sessions at hospital sites. This included how the improvements and investment at Solihull Hospital were really welcomed, whilst people were extremely positive about the re-opening of the MIU.
Member raised the following queries:
· Members welcomed all the engagement activity and the positive feedback received.
· Members queried whether UHB was recruiting from overseas for the re-introduction and expansion of services and whether any challenges were being encountered.
· The UHB Chief Executive explained they did have an international recruitment programme. He confirmed they were not specifically recruiting from overseas to re-open the MIU. There had been a positive local recruitment response for staff to support the running of this Unit, including registered nurses, emergency nurse practitioners, radiographers and porters.
· Members queried the potential for an A and E service being provided at Solihull Hospital.
· The UHB Chief Executive explained he didn’t anticipate an A and E service would be delivered via Solihull Hospital, due to the national service specification set by NHS England. He detailed the focus now upon establishing an Urgent Treatment Centre at the Solihull Hospital site.
· Members queried the communications plan in place now, as the services outlined in the report became live.
· The UHB Director of Communications explained how an intensive communication plan was being developed for the re-introduction and expansion of services, including via digital, media and other established channels – it was confirmed this could be shared with the Committee.
· Members reiterated their support for the proposed improvement of services and increased capacity, as set out in the report – they request for site visits to be arranged, when possible.
The Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee
(i) Noted and welcomed the positive engagement outcomes, as set out in the report, and
(j) Endorsed the proposed configuration and increased capacity of services across University Hospitals Birmingham and for them to be enacted as soon as possible.
Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System Dementia Strategy PDF 269 KB
This report provides an overview of the proposed Joint Dementia Strategy for Birmingham and Solihull 2023-2028 and the accompanying action plan 2023-25.
The Senior Integration Manager for Frailty, BSOL ICS presented the report, providing an overview of the proposed Joint Dementia Strategy for Birmingham and Solihull 2023-2028 and the accompanying action plan 2023-25.
Members were informed how the Strategy was developed through the Birmingham and Solihull Dementia Interface System Steering Group. Membership of this Group included ICB, Council, NHS, third sector and lived experience reps. The engagement undertaken with people with dementia and their carers was also outlined, to ensure their views informed the Strategy and its priorities.
Members raised the following observation and questions:
· Members welcomed the strong emphasis in the Strategy upon the needs of different communities across Birmingham and Solihull. A Member queried how the diversity of needs within each communities was taken into account. They also welcomed the focus upon people with learning disabilities in the Strategy and questioned how the needs of autistic people were considered.
· The Senior Integration Manager for Frailty explained that, from a diversity perspective, there was emphasis upon personalised care and support, as well as ensuring everyone was treated as an individual. There was focus on ensuring equity through personalised care.
· The Senior Integration Manager for Frailty explained that the strong emphasis upon people with learning difficulties in the Strategy was because people with Down syndrome faced a significantly greater risk of developing dementia. In addition, when people with learning difficulties developed dementia it often presented differently. It was also recognised how autistic people may present differently when developing dementia and also required their individual needs to be taken into account.
· A Member welcomed how, in the Action Plan, it detailed Councils adopting a simplified application form for Council Tax discounts. They queried whether simplified forms and guidance could be made available for a range of services, in one place.
· The Strategic Commissioner agreed, explaining how this point on ensuring clear information and advice was available was being taken into account. She also detailed the role of Community Wellbeing Hubs, which could support people in navigating and accessing support.
· A Member emphasised the importance of regular medication reviews and queried how this could be reflected in the Strategy.
· The Senior Integration Manager for Frailty detailed how medication reviews were undertaken by Primary Care. Medicine management colleagues at the ICS had recently undertaken a pilot, looking at care home residents, including those at increased risk of, or with, dementia, to ensure they were receiving the most appropriate medication. This pilot had been extremely successful in identifying the reduction or removal of medication and was being rolled out across Birmingham and Solihull.
· A Member queried how the views of carers would be taken into account as part of the delivery of the Strategy, including in terms of being made aware of and accessing support. They also questioned the psychological support for carers.
· The Senior Integration Manager for Frailty explained that, to support this Strategy, there was focus upon identifying people with dementia and their carers’. She detailed a pilot being undertaken with North Solihull Primary ... view the full minutes text for item 7.
Progress report: Enabling Primary Care Strategy PDF 10 KB
This report summarises the feedback from a series of engagement sessions held with GP teams across Birmingham and Solihull during November 2022- January 2023.
The themes also reflect those heard from elected members and partner organisations over the course of the preceding 12 months in relation to concerns relating to GP access.
The report does not detail implementation plans to improve GP access, it sets out the approach by which we aim as a system to transform health and care services at a neighbourhood level. This approach responds to what we have heard locally, and reflects the recommendations set out by Claire Fuller in her National review of primary care service.
The feedback and themes are being incorporated into a Primary Care Strategy that is currently being drafted.
The Chief Officer for Primary Care and Integration, BSOL ICS presented the report, outlining the development of the Enabling Strategy for Primary Care.
Members were informed how the report summarised feedback from a series of engagement sessions held with GP teams across Birmingham and Solihull. The themes also reflected those raised by Members and partner organisations over the previous 12 months.
The Chief Officer for Primary Care and Integration took Members through the feedback and themes, as outlined the report, and detailed how these were being incorporated into the Primary Care Strategy. He confirmed that, as part of the next steps for the Strategy, there would be engagement with the public and Healthwatch
Member raised the following observations and queries: