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Welcome and Introductions
Councillor Richard Watts welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Dr Henrietta Hughes, NHS England. Councillor Janet Burgess submitted apologies for having to leave the meeting early. Councillor Joe Caluori offered his apologies for lateness.
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Order of Business
It was agreed that Item C1, Health and Work Programme – Update, would be considered prior to items B1 and B2.
Lela Kogbara, Assistant Chief Executive (Strategy and Partnerships), and Graeme Cooke, Head of Strategic Change (Employment), introduced the report which provided an update on the Health and Work Programme agreed at the July 2015 meeting.
The following main points were noted during the discussion:
· It was reported that good progress had been made in developing the programme.
· Lela Kogbara was Chair of the Programme Board; however this responsibility was to pass to health colleagues. It was suggested that this would increase the Programme Board’s emphasis on clinical matters.
· A multi-agency programme structure had been established by the council, CCG, JobcentrePlus and health colleagues. Objectives, outcomes and monitoring arrangements had been agreed. The programme had been implemented on a small scale, with the Working Better employment service operating from seven primary care settings. Although the small scale of this trial was recognised, it was commented that this was useful in resolving preliminary matters related to integration and data collection.
· It was commented that the CCG had been particularly helpful in liaising with health services and work was underway to develop joint training for health and employment professionals.
· A priority and challenge for 2016 was to procure a provider for the supported employment trial. It was reported that the trial would aim to work with 500 residents who were out of work with either a long-term condition or disability. It was intended for the trial to commence in summer 2016 and run for two years.
· The importance of engagement with residents was emphasised. Resident experts were being sought to participate in a steering group to help shape the design and delivery of the programme. To date 20 residents had been identified.
· The Board considered the national policy context of the programme and noted that the government had announced further support to those with long-term conditions in the 2015 spending review and autumn statement. In particular, £115 million funding had been announced for a Joint Work and Health Unit, which had been established by the Department for Work and Pensions and Department for Health.
· Whilst it was too early to evaluate the effectiveness of the programme, it was reported that the primary care services engaging with the Working Better employment programme had approached the programme with enthusiasm, recognised the benefits for patients and health and employment services and overall positive feedback had been received.
· Some initial feedback had been received which commented that agencies had to be careful in forming the narrative of the programme. The Board was keen to emphasise that the programme was not connected to national benefit cuts and was not seeking to “force” people back into work.
· A discussion was had on national health and work initiatives. It was reported that some Islington residents requiring health assessments by the Department for Work and Pensions had been contacted by the Health Assessment Advisory Service to advise that their assessment was in Milton Keynes. The Board noted that the nearest assessment centre was in Highgate and expressed concern at the impact ... view the full minutes text for item 74.
Alison Blair introduced the report which provided an update on proposals for greater integration between Islington Council, Islington Clinical Commission Group, their counterparts in Haringey, Whittington Health NHS Trust and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.
The following main points were noted during the discussion:
· The overall objective of integration was to improve health and care services for residents. It was thought that further integration of services would contribute to residents feeling supported and listened to and would mean that service users would only have to provide information once.
· In considering integration matters, partners would need to review how they communicate with each other and the public, the information they hold, how systems are managed and the changes required to achieve the best outcomes for residents. It was considered that further integration would improve efficiencies and the financial sustainability of services.
· The Board considered local services and initiatives which had benefitted from further integration, including the Integrated Community Ageing Team, iHub, locality networks and the integrated digital care record project. It was noted that there was national support for further integration of local services and, following small-scale successes, local agencies had to consider how services could be integrated further and at a greater pace.
· It was reported that discussions with Haringey had continued following the NHS Vanguard application in early 2015. Whilst there was a local and national appetite for integration, further consideration was required on how integration would impact on service providers, financial resources and the sustainability of services. The Board noted that it was crucial for local needs and priorities to be reflected in any integration arrangements.
· It was agreed that the Health and Wellbeing Boards of Islington and Haringey were best placed to lead on the integration of services and infrastructure. There was a need to move from integration on initiatives to integration at a strategic and governance level, although it was recognised that this was a greater challenge. The Board requested a further report on how integration with Haringey at a governance level could be achieved.
· To ensure integration achieved the desired outcomes, integration would need to be approached in a careful and targeted manner. All partners needed to further consider what was to be integrated and why. In addition, Islington Council would need to consider how integration with Haringey would interact with joint-working with Camden on Public Health functions. It was reported that CCG Chairs across London had recently discussed the benefits of collaboration and opportunities for shared learning.
· Although the Board recognised the potential efficiencies and benefits of integration, it was agreed that a detailed vision was required to shape the integration of local services. It was thought that once this vision was agreed the governance arrangements would follow. Partners would need to address the spatial scale of services; determining which services were best delivered at a sub-borough, borough, cross-borough, and cross-London scale.
· The importance of involving local people in developing integrated services was emphasised. In particular, it was commented that services had ... view the full minutes text for item 75.
Julie Billett and Liz Brutus, Assistant Director of Public Health, introduced the report which presented the Camden and Islington Smokefree Strategy 2016-21.
The following main points were noted during the discussion:
· The importance of smoking cessation initiatives was noted. Islington had the highest prevalence of smoking in London which represented the biggest preventable risk factor that contributed to premature death.
· It was commented that nicotine addiction was a long-term condition which often started in childhood and disproportionately affected those who were disadvantaged.
· The Board noted successes in smoking cessation, including positive work with schools and enforcement activities such as the smokefree playgrounds initiative.
· The Board considered the three objectives of the strategy; closing the gateways in to smoking for children and young people, helping people to quit smoking, and reducing related harm. It was commented that partnership work between Public Health, Adult Social Care and the NHS, amongst others, would be required to achieve these objectives.
· Specific recommendations for consideration included all members of the Board working towards training all resident-facing staff to provide advice on smoking cessation; all members of the Board to embed support with stopping smoking into their workplace wellbeing programmes; a coordinated approach to preventing and tackling smoking in children and young people; mainstreaming stop smoking activity across commissioned NHS secondary care services; and introducing further designated smokefree areas.
· It was commented that a detailed delivery plan would be developed to support the strategy.
· The Board considered that all partners needed to support the strategy for it to be successful. Although the mainstreaming of stop smoking activity across commissioned NHS secondary care services was supported, it was commented that NHS services could not take on the sole responsibility for such activity.
· In response to a query on how smoking cessation advice can be best provided to children and young people, it was commented that increasing the knowledge and confidence of those working with children and parents on a regular basis was crucial. It was recognised that staff did not wish to appear judgemental; however services already working with families were well placed to have difficult conversations about smoking.
· The Board noted that those with vulnerabilities and long-term conditions, particularly mental health conditions, may require additional help to quit smoking.
· It was commented that providing resident-facing staff with the skills to deliver advice on smoking cessation could be a powerful tool, however sustained effort would be required to embed the giving of advice into working practices.
· The Board discussed the smoking of cannabis. It was noted that local agencies had focused on addressing cannabis use through drug services; however there was a need to raise public awareness of the overall health effects of smoking cannabis, particularly given its prevalence and the difficulties of enforcing its use. It was reported that up to 30% of respiratory patients at the Whittington Hospital were cannabis users. It was suggested that there can be a perception that smoking cannabis was somehow less harmful than smoking tobacco which needed to be addressed. ... view the full minutes text for item 76.