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All of the above members and officers were present at the meeting.
Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Mr M Adams (Peter Rooney attended as substitute), Mr A Cummins, Mr J Hawker (Mr A Gardner attended as substitute), Mr J Lawlor, Mr P Scott, Mrs L Simpson and Mr M Thomas.
Disclosures of Interest
Members are invited to disclose any disclosable pecuniary interest they have in any item on the agenda which comprises
1 Details of any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.
2 Details of any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out duties as a member, or towards your election expenses. (This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.
3 Details of any contract which is made between you (or a body in which you have a beneficial interest) and the authority
(a) Under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be executed; and
(b) Which has not been fully discharged.
4 Details of any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the authority.
5 Details of any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the authority for a month or longer.
6 Details of any tenancy where (to your knowledge)
(a) The landlord is the authority; and
(b) The tenant is a body in which you have a beneficial interest.
7 Details of any beneficial interest in securities of a body where
(a) that body (to your knowledge) has a place of business or land in the area of the authority; and
(b) Either –
(i) The total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or
(ii) If that share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.
In addition, you must also disclose other non-pecuniary interests set out in the Code of Conduct where these have not already been registered.
A “disclosable pecuniary interest” is an interest of a councillor or their partner (which means spouse or civil partner, a person with whom they are living as husband or wife, or a person with whom they are living as if they are civil partners).
There were no disclosures of interest on this occasion.
Exclusion of Press and Public
To consider whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any item on the agenda.
RESOLVED, that the press and public be not excluded from the meeting for any items of business.
To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 20 November 2020 (copy enclosed).
RESOLVED, that the minutes of the meeting of the Board held on 20 November 2020 be agreed as circulated.
To receive a joint presentation from the Director of Public Health (Cumbria County Council), North Cumbria and Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Groups (copy to follow).
The Board received a detailed presentation from the Director of Public Health (Cumbria County Council), Chief Operating Officer (North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group) and Director of Planning and Performance (Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group) which illustrated a COVID 19 update and report on the vaccination programme.
The Director of Public Health informed the Board that although substantial challenges still remained there were clear indications that Cumbria was past the peak of the second wave of the pandemic and, according to recent data, the future was looking more positive. Whilst he welcomed the recent positive update it was highlighted that rates did still remain high and emphasised it was imperative that they continued to reduce.
The Board also received encouraging news from North Cumbria and Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Groups in their continued fight against the pandemic.
A discussion took place regarding the patterns of mortality across the county and members were informed it was clear that COVID 19 affected people in more socially economically deprived areas to a greater extent than other areas. It was explained that the pandemic exacerbated and identified health inequalities, therefore, it was felt imperative that in the recovery phase the Board should consider supporting and tacking inequalities in order to have a more robust and resilient system in the county for the future.
The Board considered the Strategic Framework and officers emphasised that the continuation of good communication was critical to enable the public to understand the county’s response to the pandemic and maintain their trust. Officers highlighted the importance of prevention and felt all agencies had a key part to play emphasising the need for all organisations to have COVID secure measures in place to avoid transmission.
Members noted that support was being provided to other organisations to encourage them to become COVID secure and, therefore, enable them to function effectively and safely. It was explained that the county’s infection, prevention and control function had been strengthened in order to provide this support.
The Board was informed that a major focus of work had been around prevention and that all agencies played a substantial role in this; highlighting in particular the role of the County Council, district councils, Police and Lake District National Park in the implementation of local regulations.
Members received positive information regarding test, trace and isolate and it was explained that Cumbria was ahead of many other parts of the country. The Board noted that the contact tracing system which had been implemented in May was a substantial partnership with other agencies, including district councils as well as colleagues from sexual health services in the North Cumbria NHS System who had been instrumental in providing capacity to start contact tracing. Officers explained that there was now integration with the national system who worked closely with the county if they were unable to contact and trace within 24 hours and had proved invaluable.
The Board received an update on the complex mix of testing options which included the lateral flow testing programme ... view the full minutes text for item 102.
To note the list of future meeting and development dates (copy enclosed).
The Board noted that:-
(1) the next Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board Development day would take place virtually on Friday 12 March 2021at 10.00 am.
(2) the next meeting of the Board would take place virtually on Friday 16 April 2021 at 9.30 am.
The Chair outlined a questionnaire which had been circulated to members regarding future meetings and development days of the Board and included:-
Formal Meetings – virtual meetings if possible, taking place four times a year, starting at 9.30 am for a two hour period with a timed agenda which would include one or two major items together with three or four business items. The reports would consist of a mixture of presentations with cover papers and concise reports.
Development Sessions – physical meetings if possible, taking place four times a year, starting at 10.00 am for a two hour period to consider one or two major items.
It was also suggested that:-
· a yearly Forward Plan would be developed and be visible to the Board;
· there would be greater links between the Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board and Public Health Alliance on the delivery of the Public Health Strategy.
Board members were encouraged to respond to the questionnaire as soon as possible.