Agenda and minutes

Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Monday, 7th March, 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Suite, Civic Centre, Poole BH15 2RU. View directions


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To receive any apologies for absence from Councillors.


Apologies were received from Cllrs D Farr, C Matthews and K Wilson.


Substitute Members

To receive information on any changes in the membership of the Committee.


Note – When a member of a Committee is unable to attend a meeting of a Committee or Sub-Committee, the relevant Political Group Leader (or their nominated representative) may, by notice to the Monitoring Officer (or their nominated representative) prior to the meeting, appoint a substitute member from within the same Political Group. The contact details on the front of this agenda should be used for notifications.



Cllr S Gabriel substituted for Cllr D Farr and Cllr S Moore substituted for Cllr C Matthews.


Declarations of Interests

Councillors are requested to declare any interests on items included in this agenda. Please refer to the workflow on the preceding page for guidance.

Declarations received will be reported at the meeting.


The Vice-Chair declared, for transparency, that she was an employee of the University Hospitals Dorset Foundation Trust.


Cllr C Johnson declared, for transparency, that she was an employee of the University Hospitals Dorset Foundation Trust.


Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 523 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 17 January 2021.


The minutes of the meeting held on 17 January 2022 were agreed as a correct record.


Public Issues

To receive any public questions, statements or petitions submitted in accordance with the Constitution. Further information on the requirements for submitting these is available to view at the following link:- 


The deadline for the submission of a public question is 4 clear working days before the meeting.

The deadline for the submission of a public statement is midday the working day before the meeting.

The deadline for the submission of a petition is 10 working days before the meeting.



There were none.


Action Sheet pdf icon PDF 207 KB

To note and comment as required on the action sheet which tracks decisions, actions and outcomes arising from previous Committee meetings.


In relation to Action Sheet number 170, the BCP Carers Strategy, the Chair provided an overview of the Carers Review and Strategy engagement session that was held on Monday 21 February 2022. The main points were as follows:


·       11% of all carers in Dorset are unpaid.

·       There are 5300 carers that are registered with the Carers Information Service, however there is a need to reach those who have not registered or are unaware of the information and services available to them.

·       90% of the responders to the Carers Survey said that they felt lonely.

·       81% of carers reported that they had taken up more care due to the Covid pandemic.

·       69% of carers reported worsening mental health and 64% reported worsening physical health.

·       The highest number of those cared for were: a spouse or partner, followed by a younger relative, followed by a parent.

·       Not all carers had the information they felt they need, including information on payments, self-directed support, residential respite and CRISP (carers resource and info support programme).

·       2400 paper copies of the Carer’s survey were sent out and of those that responded, 131 said they were happy to be part of a focus group.

·       The majority of responders were spouses and/or partners of those they cared for. They preferred the label of ‘recognised carer’.

·       33% were not happy with the carer assessments but the majority were happy and were confident with the latest technology required.

·       CRISP events would also be helpful if offered during evenings as well as daytimes.

·       Many were pleased with the BCP website, especially the ‘my life and my care’ section.

·       Some carers were happy to be mentors in order to give tips and techniques to others.

·       Direct payments would be helpful with day-to-day chores such as dog walking, gardening and cleaning.


Cllr D Butler requested an update on Action Sheet number 171, Dementia Services Review, and asked for a monthly update on the diagnostic waiting times in order to monitor the target of reduction from 16 to 6 weeks.


The Committee noted the Action Sheet.


COVID Update

For the Committee to receive an update from Public Health Dorset on COVID-19, to enable the Committee to monitor the ongoing pandemic and scrutinise the ongoing response to COVID-19.


The Director of Public Health for Public Health Dorset introduced the

progress report on Public Health response to the

COVID-19 Pandemic. The main points raised during the presentation were

as follows:


·       The national strategy for dealing with Covid had changed and plans were in place for the Living with Covid strategy.

·       Current data showed that cases of the Omicron variant were extremely high in January 2022, with a rebound in February, before appearing to fall at present.

·       There was a significant change in public behaviour around the seeking of tests and more people were simply relying on PCR tests – therefore data is becoming less reliable.

·       The National Prevalence Survey conducted by the ONS showed that prevalence rates were at 4.8% as of 23 February.

·       The Government data shows that hospital admission rates for Covid are going down and that hospitals are showing a mixture of people who are admitted due to covid and those that are admitted for other reasons but also have covid.


Living with Covid Strategy:


·       The Prime Minister announced a series of legal and policy changes regarding the national response to Covid on 21 February.

·       This policy change saw the end of the legal requirement to self-isolate, with all regulations lifted, the end of universal free PCR and LFT testing to end on 1 April 2022 and a focus shift to protecting only the most vulnerable in the highest risk settings.

·       Local authorities were asked to maintain limited responses to Covid as part of a wider health protection response, including other infectious diseases and hazards.

·       Contact tracing was to stop (Test and Trace) from 24 February, which was to have a consequent impact on the local contact tracing teams.

·       Surveillance would also change from relying on confirmed cases via testing to the use of prevalence surveys in the population – for example the ONS seroprevalence survey.

·       There is currently no evidence of new variants that would pose a risk.


Public Health locally:


·       Public Health teams would continue to offer a day response to support higher risk settings such as care, healthcare and education (especially for children with additional needs).

·       Public Health would work with all local partners to review national guidance as it changes.

·       Targeted community testing programme would end on 31 March.

·       There is a limited supply of lateral flow tests that are to be held to support outbreak management and higher risk settings.

·       Work would continue with contact tracing teams to retain skilled people who want to carry on working with the Covid response, this would involve some wider redeployment.

·       The Health Protection Board would be maintained but would shift its focus to a broader health protection remit.

·       PCR testing would end on 1 April with further clarification to be given on how to access testing if needed.


Vaccination programme:

·       The Booster programme was slowing in its delivery, from 15,000 jabs given per day to 1500 per day.

·       83% of the eligible population had now had their booster, which was recognised as a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 192.


Health Infrastructure Plan Update

To receive an update on the Health Infrastructure Plan as part of the wider Dorset ICS process from the Transformation Director of University Hospitals Dorset.


The Transformation Director, University Hospitals Dorset introduced the

Health Infrastructure Plan Update. The main points raised during the presentation were as follows:


·       The Hospital Infrastructure Programme had been nationally renamed as the Dorset New Hospitals Programme (NHP).

·       The programme’s Strategic Outline Case (SOC) was submitted in the Summer period of 2021.

·       The programme is cross-trust and the current management team straddles the three existing trusts (UHD, Dorset County and Dorset Healthcare) with a programme lead in each of the three respective areas.

·       The programme is 5 schemes and is Dorset-wide.

·       The Dorset area is an advanced system with good engagement at a local system level.

·       The Dorset NHP programme is both community acute and mental health focused and covers all aspects of health and integrated social care.

·       In August 2021 the Strategic Outline Case was submitted to the Joint Investment Committee and subsequently approved. The SOC was the first step and the Outline Business Case is to be submitted in the Summer of 2022.

·       Each of the hospitals across Dorset will include varying specialist services.

·       There are four cohorts in the national NHP and Dorset is within Cohort 2 – meaning it is an agile scheme and can be ready to deliver by 2024.

·       There has been significant investment for the programme and the wider system will include £305,000,000 of societal benefits coming through this scheme.


The Transformation Director, University Hospitals Dorset answered questions and comments from the Committee. The main questions and answers were as follows:


·       A question was posed as to whether the renaming to ‘new hospitals programme’ was misleading, the Committee heard that the programme did not include the creation of new hospitals but rather improvements to existing hospitals. The Committee heard that in Dorset the physical improvements being made were new wings or refurbishments to existing buildings.

·       The Committee were informed that the new build at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital will be finished in September/October 2024.

·       Members heard that regarding Dorset County Hospital, for those living in Dorset, patients will continue to have choice in the Dorset system though this is dependent on the nature of the hospital visit.

·       It was clarified that, once the new Bournemouth A&E was opened in Octoober 2024, Poole would change to urgent care in accordance with the Clinical Services Review

·       The Committee heard that ambulance access to the RBH would include covered access for any patient that is visiting.


RESOLVED that the Committee noted the update.


Suicide Prevention Plan Progress Update - 2022

For the Committee to receive a progress update on the progress of the Suicide Prevention Plan.


The Chair informed the Committee that due to programme timeframes the Suicide Prevention Plan Progress Update item would be heard at the next Committee meeting on the 23 May 2022.


Portfolio Holders Update

To receive any updates from the relevant Portfolio Holders on key issues or actions that have been taken since the last meeting, as appropriate.


The Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Active Health provided the following

points of update:


·       Covid management and the offer of regular vaccinations will be similar but not identical to the flu vaccine.


·       In terms of budget, the last Full Council meeting saw the approval of the budget, including the public health budget for 2022/2023. There were no cuts to public health; the underspend in 2021/2022 is to be redirected to urgent needs in the community, such as vulnerable children.


·       Dorset Integrated Care System (ICS) is to supersede the CCG. It is a national programme. Dorset’s ICS sees Patricia Miller as its new Chief Executive.


·       The Integrated Chair Board (ICB) is a body that is chaired by the Chief Executive of the ICS and includes a number of health professionals. Its primary concern will be on the money and funding that is handed down by the Department for Health. Below the ICB is the broader Integrated Care Partnership (ICP). At present, discussions are ongoing on what the makeup of this partnership will be. It will be a multi-partnered body that include Local Authorities and specialist care providers for example. These groups will be able to have a seat in the partnership and be able to input on the joint up working. Overall the aim is to prevent people coming through the door of social care and healthcare.


Following the Porfolio Holder’s update, the Committee asked questions and made comments. The answers given included:


·       That Dorset Council had made a decision that they wish to set up their own care company, Care Dorset (CD), and will transfer the Dorset based services from Tricuro to CD. BCP Council have made a declaration that they will commit to Tricuro and continue working with Tricuro given the confidence in their ongoing service. Dorset Council explained in their statement that they wanted to have more control over their care; geographically and demographically Dorset are different to BCP and in setting up their own, new organisation they can focus on the needs of the Dorset area.

·       The Committee heard that the ‘village hotel’ is up and running and planned to be in place until 31 March. This centre is there to assist people to plan for their onward journey after leaving hospital.



RESOLVED that the Committee noted the update.           

Following the Portfolio Holder’s Update, the Chair invited the Manager of Healtwatch Dorset to provide an update on their recent work and projects. The main points of the update were as follows:


·       Healthwatch Dorset were in the process of planning their work programme for the coming year. This process involved working with a steering group made up of volunteers to evaluate the feedback gathered from the previous year as well as looking at projects taking place both locally and nationally.

·       The three projects to be focused on are:

·       1) Dentistry. The Government said new funding was going into dentistry however this was time limited until the end of March to help give people more access to local  ...  view the full minutes text for item 195.


Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 528 KB

To consider and comment as appropriate on the development of the Committee’s Forward Plan.


Members discussed the Forward Plan and raised the following topics:

·       Think Big Project Update

·       Tricuro Update

·       Health Inequality report as highlighted in the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) paper.

It was agreed that these would all be added to the Committee’s Forward Plan and that the scope and appropriate timing of the items would be discussed and finalised with Officers.   


RESOLVED that the Forward Plan be agreed by the Committee.