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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Report from Health & Wellbeing Board – 27 Jan 2015

Meeting Name: Health and Wellbeing Board

Date of Meeting: 27th January 2015

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed:

The Draft Solihull Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment was presented by the Stephen Mundy from Public Health. The report has been completed and is now being circulated for comment and consultation.  The assessment found that Solihull’s population currently enjoys good access to pharmaceutical services with a broad range of services available and concludes that there is no requirement for additional services at this time.  Solihull has a greater provision of community pharmacies than the England and West  Midlands average with 72% of residents living with a 1 mile radius or a 10 minute drive of their local pharmacy.   The document can be accessed at

Winter Pressures

It was noted that while Solihull Hospital was hitting its 95% target on delayed discharge, Heartlands and Good Hope Hospital were struggling and were working with Monitor and the CCG to rectify the situation.  A Pop-up Drop in Centre set up in Chelmsley Wood has alleviated the situation somewhat and the new Discharge to Assess (as opposed the old Admit to Assess process) step down beds operating in some residential and nursing homes were leading to better outcomes.

Urgent Care Centre

Plans for the Urgent Care Centre at Solihull Hospital are progressing well.

Solihull CCG Commissioning Intentions

Solihull CCG are clear about their mission which is “Helping people live longer, healthier lives”.  They recognise that while Solihull is a relatively affluent and successful borough, there still exist a number of health inequalities – with life expectancy differing by as much as eleven years across the borough.  The growing elderly population presents a significant challenge for both providers and commissioners of health and social care.  The CCG see success as being when the residents of Solihull, whether their health need is mental or physical, have the same opportunities, regardless of where they live; when they can grow old without the fear of growing old; when they know that if they need help it will be available – safe, high quality and effective care. This vision will be delivered through eight strategic programmes:

Preventing illness, improving health; High quality General Practice; Planned and Managed Care; Prevention and Early Intervention; Out of Hospital; Hospital Transformation; Joint Commissioning and Effectiveness Review

A bid has been made to the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund to Improve Access to GP Services which if successful will see a number of practices coming together to provide a more joined up approach.

Solihull Carers’ Strategy 2014-17 – ‘Caring for our Carers’ was presented for the Health & Wellbeing Board to consider the progress being made on development on the first year implementation plan and taking forward the new strategy.  The Carers Partnership have identified 2 main priorities in its current work – raising awareness of carers with GP’s and health professionals and communication with carers.


The Head of Integrated Care and Support Solihull presented a report detailing the progress of Solihull Together for Better lives and the work of ICASS and sought the support of the H&WBB in submitting an expression of interest to become a first cohort for the new care models.  Solihull –Together for Better Lives is the more user friendly term for the programme of work to be undertaken by ICASS, which focuses on frail older people.

Early Help

Tina McGrath, the Interim Assistant Director, Early Help presented the Early Help update on the implementation of the Early Help Service, including the transfer of commissioning responsibilities for public health 0-5 years.  The Early Help Service will build on the Best Start model which was agreed in October as the future delivery of the Children’s centres and consists of 3 stands: Targeted support; Universal support and Community Capacity and Engagement Support.  Health Visiting was seen as a very important strand of the Early Help service. There is a wish to work in partnership with the voluntary sector to provide targeted support for children and young people with the LA providing sites and premises for youth clubs, activity clubs etc.

Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat

The MH Crisis Care Concordat is Guidance which was issued in Feb 2014, structured around four key outcomes: Access to support before crisis point; urgent and emergency access to crisis care; quality of treatment and care when in crisis and recovery and staying well/preventing future crisis.  The National Concordat expects that in very locality in England, local partnerships of health, criminal justice and LA’s will agree and commit to local Mental Health Crisis Declarations.  Solihull has agreed a Declaration jointly with Birmingham.

Potential Follow Up Action/Discussion/Feedback Required:  Review of Voluntary Sector Representation?

Date of Next Meeting:  31st March  2015

Name and Contact No of Rep Completing:  Anne Hastings

Phone 0121 704 3361 or email