Agenda and minutes

Solihull Health & Wellbeing Board - Thursday 20th May 2021 10.00 am

Venue: For the public - online via Youtube

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The following apologies were submitted:

Paul Jennings – BSol CCG (Paul Athey – substitute)

Ruth Tennant – Director for Public Health

Louise Rees – Director of Children’s Services and Skills

Louise Minter – School Strategic Accountability Board

Lisa Stalley-Green – University Hospital Birmingham

Gianjeet Hunjan – Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust

James Voller – Voluntary and Community Sector



Declarations of Pecuniary or Conflicting Interests from Members

To receive declarations of interest from Members.


There were no declarations of interest.



Questions and Deputations

To deal with any questions or deputations received.


A deputation was received from the Monkspath Patients Participation Group, which raised concerns regarding the provision of services by the Solihull Healthcare Partnership (SHP) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Democratic Services Officer read out the deputation on behalf of the group.


The Chairman advised the CCG was currently reviewing all concerns they had received about SHP and a report on this would be presented at the next Board meeting.


Andy Cave detailed how Healthwatch Solihull had completed a report on GP access which had been shared with all the Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in Solihull. Healthwatch had requested the PCNs to detail the actions they were taking for improvement – once Healthwatch received a response from the Solihull PCNs, they would publish this with their report, which could also be shared with the Health and Wellbeing Board. Andy Cave confirmed that Healthwatch continued to work with BSol CCG to raise the issued outlined in their report.



Better Care Fund end of year template pdf icon PDF 158 KB

To present for approval by the Health and Wellbeing Board the Better Care Fund end of year template in which progress in delivery of the Better Care Fund Plan for 2020/21 is reported.

Additional documents:


The Assistant Director for Commissioning presented the report, which invited the Board to approve the Better Care Fund end of year template, in which progress in the delivery of the Better Care Fund for 2020/21 was reported. The Assistant Director detailed the work undertaken by the CCG, Local Authority and local providers to ensure all national conditions for the BCF in 2020-21 were met. It was also emphasised how they were all keen to build on the closer partnership working that had been established in response to the crisis, including the focus on recovery, as well as the preparatory work for integration under the Integrated Care System.


The following questions were raised:

·  The Chairman raised questions on behalf of a Board Member unable to join the meeting, as follows:

·  How did the mandatory funding contributions reflect inequalities?

·  In regards to any absence of accessible electronic records for patients and services – would any plans to redress this be shared?

·  In regards to the first question, the Assistant Director for Commissioning explained how both the spending undertaken as part of the BCF, as well as the future procurement planned, took into account the diverse and changing needs of the Borough.

·  Jenny Wood explained how, in regards to the second question, they were working together across the health and social care sectors to build the core components of a care record that covered both health and care elements. It was explained how this was a separate piece of work from the BCF; however, it would support the delivery of the BCF ambitions.

·  Councillor Sexton highlighted both the anticipated average fee rate for 2020-21, if COVID-19 had not occurred and the actual average fee rates per user for 2020-2 – she queried why both rates were the same.

·  The Assistant Director for Commissioning explained how the fee rate remained the same for the standard service offer. Work was undertaken with providers to look at any additional costs incurred as a result of COVID-19 – it was explained how additional funding provided by the Government during the pandemic was used to help offset the additional costs incurred.



The Health and Wellbeing Board approved the BCF Template for submission.