To consider a report by the Strategic Policy and Scrutiny Adviser (copy enclosed).
The Committee received a report which updated members on developments in health scrutiny, the Committee’s Work Programme and monitoring of actions not covered elsewhere on the Committee’s agenda.
Members were given an update on the meeting of the Joint Cumbria and Lancashire Health Scrutiny Committee which had taken place on 26 March 2019. The Committee’s attention was drawn to the lack of attendance at the meeting by elected members from Lancashire. Members highlighted the importance of convening future meetings with full attendance by both authorities. During the course of discussion it was agreed that the work programme for the Joint Committee would also be considered by the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee.
The Committee discussed the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report regarding the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT). A concern was raised regarding a perceived number of factual inaccuracies in the report regarding feedback from both staff and patients and it was felt this should be investigated further. Members were informed that Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee Lead Members were scheduled to meet with System Leaders from South Cumbria to discuss the report further with a view to a response being formulated.
During the course of discussion it was agreed that there were a number of lessons to be learnt from the report. A number of issues were raised including the problems incurred due to the geography of the county. Members were informed that work had been recognised to address the inadequate services provided by the Morecambe Bay Trust. The Committee was informed that the CQC UHMBT Report and Trust response would be considered at the July meeting of the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee.
The Committee was informed that Lancashire County Council was taking the lead on establishing the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System. It was explained that the Chair of the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee would attend an imminent meeting of the Steering Group which would develop the Terms of Reference. It was agreed that an update would be made at the July meeting of the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee.
Members received an update on the Joint Health and Adults Scrutiny Advisory Group noting that the most recent meeting had focussed on Population Health Management Models being developed in the North and South systems. The Committee noted the Group had recommended that information and data from Social Care would be incorporated in the Population Health Management System (Radar) in North Cumbria and requested that this information be circulated to members of the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee.
A discussion took place regarding waiting times and members were informed that performance metrics were publically available and would be provided to the Committee to inform the Work Programme.
The Committee had a brief general discussion regarding recruitment and retention. During the discussion a question was raised regarding the new system for recruitment of GPs and whether this was proving positive. It was agreed that reports regarding recruitment and retention from both North and South Cumbria would be included on the Committee’s work programme for discussion at a future meeting.
(a) the Joint Cumbria and Lancashire Health Scrutiny Committee update be noted;
(b) the appointment of a Joint Health Scrutiny Committee for the whole Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System be noted and a further update be provided at the next meeting of the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee;
(c) the Joint Health and Adults Scrutiny Advisory Group update be noted;
(d) waiting times performance metrics would be provided to the Committee to help inform the Work Programme;
(e) information on Population Health Management System (Radar) in North Cumbria be circulated to the Committee;
(f) the existing Work Programme be noted and the following items be added:-
(i) CQC UHMBT Report and Trust response be considered at the Committee’s meeting in July 2019;
(ii) update on Same Day Health Centre at West Cumberland Hospital be considered at a future meeting;
(iii) recruitment and retention reports from both North and South Cumbria be considered at a future meeting.