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The Chair introduced Members and officers at the meeting


Apologies for Absence


Councillors Burgess and Klute and Jana Witt - Healthwatch


Declaration of Substitute Members




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Order of business


The Chair stated that the order of business would be as per the agenda


Confirmation of minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 104 KB



That the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 12 July 2018 be confirmed and the Chair be authorised to sign them


Chair's Report

The Chair will update the Committee on recent events.


The Chair informed the meeting that there would be 2 additional meetings of the Committee, to be held jointly with the L.B.Camden Health  and Care Scrutiny Committee, on 9 October at Camden and on 29 November at Islington. These meetings were to consider the plans for the proposals to transform services in Mental Health in the Camden and Islington areas


The Chair stated that the Committee wished to undertake 2 new scrutiny reviews in the New Year – Social Care/Adult Carers and Eating Orders and it was noted that these would need to carry on into the New Municipal Year and it was –


RESOLVED: Accordingly


Public Questions

For members of the public to ask questions relating to any subject on the meeting agenda under Procedure Rule 70.5. Alternatively, the Chair may opt to accept questions from the public during the discussion on each agenda item.


The Chair outlined the procedure for dealing with Public questions and filming and recording at meetings


Health and Wellbeing Board Update


Members were informed that there was no report that evening, as there had not been a meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Board since the last meeting of the Committtee


Whittington Estates Strategy - Update - Presentation pdf icon PDF 426 KB


Sophie Harrison and Stephen Bloomer Whittington Hospital, were present at the meeting, and made a presentation to the Committee, copy interleaved.


During consideration of the report the following main points were made –


·         The Trust priorities include modern, fit for purpose maternity and neo-natal facilities, child centred community facilities, modern community based facilities that support and deliver the integrated closer to home vision and high quality accommodation

·         The Trust is progressing estates management, through the preparation of a Strategic Outline case, including an estate development control plan, by April 2019

·         The Trust is also building on relationships with the GLA, North Central London STP, Haringey and Islington Wellbeing Partnership and the London Estates Board

·         The Trust is also working with Camden and Islington Foundation Trust, to support the delivery of improvements in mental health facilities, and Project Oriel, ( Moorfields) by agreeing to the site of mental health facilities on part of the Whittington Hospital site

·         The Trust will have a strategic outline case (SOC) by April 2019, and as part of this work, the Trust has begun the process of preparing an estate development control plan, and has procured specialist resources to support the work – using SBS framework, mini competition, an architectural led team, and resources will include design, health planning, cost consultancy, and engineering and energy specialists

·         Delivering the SOC will require - presentation of the strategic context, including commissioner support, demonstration of Health Service need, a shortlist of options, including a development control plan, demonstration of affordability, and the presentation of timetable and deliverability

·         The Trust has begun the preparation of the design brief, and a more formal assessment of its current estate, and will begin to engage externally on delivery options in early 2019

·         Delivery of estates transformation will require support from, and engagement with staff, patients, the local communities, commissioners, and health and wellbeing provider partners. A number of more formal relationships/forms of engagement are already in place, including membership of the Haringey and Islington Wellbeing Partnership, and associated pathway groups and estates group, and membership of the North London Partners (NCLSTP), and associated Estates Strategy Board

·         The Trust has a relationship with the GLA, through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, and through this the GLA will provide strategic housing expertise and advice to the Trust. This support will enable the estate transformation plan to consider the delivery of affordable housing, to meet the aspirations of the draft London Plan, London Housing Strategy, and the L.B.Islington Local Plan

·         Through the H&I Estates Group and the NCL Estates Strategy Board, there is engagement with a range of partner providers, from primary through to tertiary care, to support an integrated approach to estates management

·         The Trust has an agreement with Camden and Islington FT for the use of part of the Whittington Hospital site for the provision of inpatient mental health beds. This will further facilitate the development of the St.Pancras and Moorfields hospital sites

·         In response to a question  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.


London Ambulance Service - Performance update pdf icon PDF 1 MB


Peter Rhodes, London Ambulance Service, was present for discussion of this item and made a presentation to the Committee.


During consideration of the report the following main points were made –


·         Following the inspection in March 2017, the LAS moved from an overall rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’, which is a tremendous achievement and recognises the efforts of people across the service

·         The Care of Patients in once again rated as ‘outstanding’

·         Amongst the CQC’s key findings is that staff went above and beyond their expected duties, in order to meet patient needs

·         The CCQ report also found that people working across all parts of the service demonstrated care which was consistent to the LAS values

·         On the well led element of the inspection, the CQC found strong leadership, and more widely also highlighted the expertise in the care of the maternity and mental health patients

·         There has been significant progress since 2015, from a position of an    inadequate overall rating and being placed in special measures, to a good overall rating in 2017/18, and removal of special measures. Significant progress has also been made against all of the 2017/18 quality priorities

·         The new LAS 5-year strategy introduced its new vision to build a world class ambulance service for a world class city, and exists to provide outstanding care for all its patients. The strategy also aims for the LAS to be a first class employer, valuing and developing skills and the diversity and quality of life of people, to provide the best value possible for the tax paying public, and to partner with the wider NHS and the public sector, to optimise healthcare and emergency services provision across London Borough of Islington

·         Patients are playing a larger role in the integrated 111/Integrated Urgent Care provision across London, integrating 999 and 111 call answering, and clinical support to provide better and faster care. In addition, the LAS works with patient groups, and other providers, to introduce more specialised models of care for a greater proportion of its patients, and priority services. There is also a need to reduce unnecessary conveyancing of patients to emergency departments

·         In terms of staff, the LAS is seeking to recruit and retain talent, improve engagement, and recognise and reward excellence

·         In terms of public value, as previously stated the LAS is integrating 999 and 111 call answering, and this will provide a more cost effective service. Pioneer services will reduce unnecessary hospital conveyances, delivering savings for system partners. In addition, there will be a detailed internal programme of work, to implement the recommendations of Lord Carter’s review into unwarranted variation within the NHS, and there will be a new partnership with South Central Ambulance Service

·         The LAS work closely with a range of NHS Partners across London, including STP’s, CCG’s, Mental Health and Community Trusts, NHS England, NHS Improvement, and the CQC. There are a number of joint priorities including, increasing usage of alternative care pathways, reducing conveyance to emergency departments, and reducing handover  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.


Scrutiny Topic - Witness Evidence - GP Surgeries


Imogen Bloor and Rebecca Kingsnorth, Islington CCG, were present for discussion of this item.


During consideration of the report the following main points were made –


·         Social prescribing is the process of linking people with a range of non-medical community based services, which can support wellbeing and develop skills, knowledge and confidence to self- manage (activation)

·         Patient activation refers to the extent to which people feel engaged and confident in taking care of their health conditions

·         Patients who are more activated are better able to self-manage and use traditional services less frequently

·         Patient activation measure is a validated tool that measures levels of patient activation – skills, knowledge and confidence

·         An evaluation of the use of Patient Activation measures in Islington in 2014/15 found that 13% of patients reported the highest level of ability in managing their health conditions and 25% reported the lowest level and may feel overwhelmed by their conditions

·         Patients most able to manage their health conditions had 38% fewer emergency admissions than the patients who were least able to

·         If patients with low levels of activation were better supported to manage their conditions, as well as the most able, emergency admissions and attendances at A&E could be prevented

·         Evidence supports that social prescribing builds capacity into the health and social care system, offering an alternative to traditional health care interventions

·         A pilot in East Merton showed a reduction in GP consultations for patients referred to social prescribing by 33%. Patients identified were frequent attenders at this practice

·         Social Prescribing Islington Navigation service – Age UK is the Islington provider of the Islington Navigation Service the principal social prescribing connector service in the borough. There are 7 care navigators and support patients/service users to identify ways of achieving individual health aims

·         The navigators also connect service users to appropriate health/care services and other non-traditional providers to make best use of community resources for the delivery of these goals. There is enhanced signposting through up to date knowledge of available local services

·         There is also promotion of patients/service users independence through improved availability of information and support linked to personal goals. It is not simply a signposting service and the navigators are highly skilled professionals with backgrounds in a range of social and community care services – for example mental health, drug and alcohol services

·         The Islington Navigation service is open to all adults with an identified need. There are onward referrals to over 130 different organisations per year and service users are 81% likely or highly likely to reduce use of primary and secondary care services, due to navigation service interventions

·         There were 1088 referrals in 2017/18 and there were 350 referrals from GP practices

·         The new 2018 contract requires the service to develop and build links with primary care to raise the profile across all sites and to increase referrals

·         There is a focus on an integrated care and health integrated network model, which is focused on building resilience through collaboration – a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.


Healthwatch Annual Report/Work Programme pdf icon PDF 1001 KB

Additional documents:


Emma Whitby, Islington Healthwatch was present for discussion of this item and made a presentation to the Committee, copy interleaved. Members noted that one of the documents in the pack was in fact a draft and she apologised for this, and it was noted that a new document would be provided for Members


During consideration of the report the following main points were made –


·         Healthwatch is part of a national network, is 5 years old, and is part funded by LBI, and funding is being sought from other sources. Funding from LBI is to fulfil the statutory functions of the Health and Social Care Act 2013

·         Healthwatch gather and report views on health and social care, and to provide people with information on services. It is a charitable company and takes a collaborative, critical friend approach

·         To date this year, 47000 people have been reached on social media, 26 volunteers helped with things like mystery shopping to blogging, and reports have tackled issues ranging from autism and accessible information, through to hospital discharge and reablement. 101 people have been spoken to about mental health day services, 42 local service have been visited and over 300 people have been given advice and information

·         Healthwatch brought commissioners and service users together, in August 2017, to discuss how to improve support for adults with ADHD. As a result, commissioners have redesigned the service to make more support available to people, before they have been clinically assessed. In particular, a psychosocial group at the point of referral is now available

·         When working with partners, Healthwatch want to share responsibility and finances fairly, and bring resources to small grass roots organisations, supporting their development, through training and skills sharing and valuing their expertise. Healthwatch works with community health voices, such as ethnic minority organisations,and the Manor Gardens Centre, and Elfrida Society. Other partnerships are being sought

·         In 2018/19 Healthwatch aims to continue to deliver its signposting service to at least 200 residents, reflecting the diversity of the borough, to have a co-signed statement in response to the Camden and Islington Estates Strategy, to start resident engagement in Day Centre Specification design and procurement, to have a programme of information stalls linked to protective characteristics and other vulnerabilities, to seek community views on health and care,and to liaise with diverse community health voices to gather BME input on primary care

·         In addition, other measures, such as patient group meetings on key topics of relevance, and a response to key consultations from NHS England and the Green paper on Social Care will be actioned. Healthwatch will also be seeking views about resident’s experiences in elderly care homes, and to assess in hospitals the implementation of the Accessible Information Standard

·         Volunteers from London Metropolitan University designed and delivered a project about social isolation, and volunteers also gathered views on community services and phoned GP surgeries to find out what support is offered to patients with autism. Healthwatch has also influenced future plans on pharmacy spending, and trained  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.


IAPT Scrutiny Review - 12 month progress report pdf icon PDF 132 KB


Jill Britten , Islington CCG was present for discussion of this item.


During consideration of the report the following main points were made –


·         It was noted that national targets were being met on the number of IAPT sessions offered

·         Reference was made to the fact that the data issues had now been resolved in relation to recommendation 10

·         Members were informed that one year funding had been provided from NHS England to support Islington and Haringey IAPT services to develop an offer to support people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and/or COPD, whose physical needs are met either through primary care, or Whittington Health community and acute services. This new integrated IAPT service will be delivered in addition to the core local IAPT offer already available in each borough


The Chair thanked Jill Britten for her attendance


Walk in Centres pdf icon PDF 646 KB


Imogen Bloor, Rebecca Kingsnorth, Sarah Soan and Phil Wrigley, Islington CCG were present for discussion of this item.


During consideration of the report the following main points were made –


·         The CCG were providing the same level of funding as for the existing contract and is currently undertaking a six month programme of engagement with patients and professionals to inform the decision making process

·         It was noted that the contract for the service expires in March 2019, though there is an option to extend this to September 2019

·         There were a number of options available and it was stated that if Members had views as to their favoured option this should be communicated to the CCG

·         Discussion took place as to unregistered patients and that these needed to be identified in order to direct them to register at a GP practice. It was stated that further attempts should be made to identify whether patients attending the walk in centre were unregistered and that this should inform the process

·         In response to a question it was stated that a phone app was being trialled in a pilot across NC London for consultations with GP’s and the CCG were monitoring this



(a)  That the process of engagement that the CCG is undertaking to inform the decision making process in relation to future investment in same day primary care provision be noted

(b)  That approval be given to further engagement plans as in the report

(c)   That if Members have any views on further engagement or consultation these be notified to the CCG and an attempt be made to identify the unregistered patients attending the walk in centre, as referred to above



The Chair thanked Imogen Bloor, Rebecca Kingsnorth, Sarah Soan and Phil Wrigley for attending


Work Programme 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 49 KB



That the work programme be noted