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The Chair introduced Members and officers to the Committee


Apologies for Absence




Declaration of Substitute Members




Declarations of Interest

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This applies to all members present at the meeting.






Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 106 KB



That subject to the inclusion of the words ‘ to look at which Council’s operate in house services’ in the SID, in minute 78 - the minutes of the meeting held on 11 June 2019 be confirmed and the Chair be authorised to sign them


Chair's Report


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 procedures for filming and recording of meetings and the procedure for Public questions, and fire evacuation procedures


Health and Wellbeing Board Update




Scrutiny Review Adult Paid Carers - Witness evidence - verbal pdf icon PDF 42 KB


Jess McGregor and Jon Tomlinson, Adult Social Services were present for discussion of this item, and introduced the following witnesses to the Committee, Colin Angel, Caleb Atkins, Ian Hadingham and Sayeda Ahmed


A revised SID was laid round for Members incorporating the amendments made at the previous meeting


All of the above witnesses made presentations to the Committee, copies interleaved, during which the following main points were made –


Colin Angel –UK Homecare Association Policy Director

·         The numbers of people affected by state- funded market failures has shown a significant number of contracts handed back or provider ceased training, in both the residential and home care services sectors

·         UKHCA Minimum price for homecare – the methodology used is verified by experienced finance directors from different organisations

·         The minimum price for homecare April 2019-March 2020 is £18.93 per hour, based on compliance with flat rate NMW/NLW

·         The current practice for the majority of Councils/high use of zero hours contracts by employers. To achieve economically efficient guaranteed hours contracts Councils would need to recognise and pay the full costs of contact time, travel time and costs and down time. Councils must pay the employer the costs of the entire span of the workers’ duty and worker receives the agreed wage for the entire span of their duty and travel costs. Councils also need to commission services in a way which increases workforce utilisation, e.g. by zoning areas, and moving away from framework agreements to contracts with guaranteed purchase

·         Perspectives on employee contract arrangements – Flexible/Zero hours contracts – Workers - popular with majority of workforce, even when given option of guaranteed hours, enables people to combine work and other responsibilities, income less predictable. Providers – responds to peaks and troughs in demand for services, maximises ability to recruit workers who want flexible or unsocial working hours, and higher risk of short notice of cancellations from workers, if not managed well. Councils – Councils are able to achieve purchase care at lowest hourly rate achievable, and there is a negative public perception of zero hours contracts

·         Guaranteed Hours contracts – Workers – Predicable income, easier to obtain mortgages and credit, harder to flex with personal commitments, less choice (worker must accept all arrangements). Providers – generally more attractive to younger recruits, may increase staff loyalty, provider bears risk of financial loss if Council’s purchasing pattern changes. Councils – More politically acceptable to elected Members, increased cost as Council pays all downtime


Caleb Atkins - City and County Healthcare Group


·         The number 1 healthcare provider in the UK, providing 50000 hours of care a day. It has 12500 care worker staff at 170 locations, and operates in all homecare segments, home care, extra care, live in, supported living, complex care, and temporary staffing (agency). It has a diversified contract base across more than 250 contracts with LA’s and CCG’s

·         The current landscape – there is a financially challenging environment, there is an Ethical Care Charter Commitment which is contractual, there is poor integration with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 89.


Camden and Islington Mental Health Foundation Trust - Performance update pdf icon PDF 141 KB

Additional documents:


Dean Howells and Simon Africanus-Rowe, Camden and Islington Mental Health Foundation Trust were present for discussion of this item, and made a presentation to the Committee, a copy of which is interleaved


During discussion of this item the following main points were made –


·         The key focus of the Trust is the safety and quality of care delivered – key domains – Patient safety, Clinical Effectiveness, Patient Experience

·         Patient Safety Priority 1– an overall trend on the number of incidents suggests continuing reduction. The proportion of restraints that are prone restraints are being kept to a minimum. The use of seclusion continues to decline, and demonstrates the Trust is achieving least restrictive practice in this area

·         It is recognised that sustainability is a key factor to the longer term success of this intervention. Further progress on this priority will be monitored through the Safe Wards project, and Positive and Proactive Air Group as priorities in 2019/20

·         Patient Safety Priority 2 – Provide comprehensive risk – a randomised audit  was undertaken between December 2019-January 2019 – evidence of timely risk assessments and risk formulation. The scores range from 80% to 100%. A rapid inpatient enquiry conducted in February 2019, following a serious incident, highlighted inconsistencies in recording risk assessment on EPR and populating care plans. The Task and Finish Group has achieved initial policy review, and identified documentation and training requirements, and is aligning this work with an STP-wide suicide prevention initiative

·         Patient Safety Priority 3 – Ensure mandatory targets are achieved – overall core skills compliance has reached 88>9%, which is higher than at any point in the last 12 months. CPR and Information Governance remain below the required levels. Weekly reporting has been introduced. Trajectories will form part of this reporting, in order to highlight any issues, and manage supply and demand for face to face programmes. Commissioning of courses will aim to flatten spikes caused by periods of concentrated high demand

·         Clinical Effectiveness Priority 4 – Engage service users/staff in suicide prevention strategies. A risk assessment and suicide prevention group established. This works in collaboration with the Public Health Crisis Concordat. Local strategy implementation delayed due to the complexity in having a local strategy while at the same time working with other stakeholders

·         Clinical Effectiveness Priority 5 – Better involvement of service users in developing and reviewing their care plans. Randomised documentation audit – care plans are co-produced, services users are receiving copies of their care plans, physical care needs are identified and care plans are up to date. The scores for these indicators range from 78% to 95%

·         Clinical Effectiveness Priority 6 – Improving Physical Health – Physical health screening is now embedded, and training covers a wide range of physical interventions. The Physical and Healthwellbeing policy has been comprehensively revised, and is ready for relaunch is June 2019

·         Patient Experience – Priority 7 – Learning from Deaths and serious incidents – Learning from Deaths policy embedded. Trust Mortality Review Group meets on a weekly  ...  view the full minutes text for item 90.


Work Programme 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 43 KB



That the report be noted