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Friday, February 12th, 2016

Report from Health & Wellbeing Board – 26 Jan 16


Meeting Name: Health and Wellbeing Board

Date of Meeting: 26th January 2016

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed:  

Care Quality commission (CQC) Inspection of Heart of England Foundation Trust

The Care Quality Commission completed an unannounced inspection of the Trust on 7th/8th December 2014.  Final reports were received by the Trust in June 2015.  Overall the Trust was rated as ‘Requires improvement.’ The action plan put in place appears to be making a substantial difference with very practical things being put in place to ensure safety, e.g. open visitors hours so that family and friends are on hand throughout the day rather than in limited visiting hours, and getting rid of the nurse station outside the bays and having the nurses stationed within the bays at all times.  The H&WBB were assured that these measures were having a positive effect.  It was also noted that there were some areas of outstanding good practice such as their local complaints resolution being very responsive to patient’s needs and caring being good across the Trust.

Outcomes from the Partnership Governance Review

Melanie Lockey attended the H&WBB to ask the members to consider the outcomes from the Partnership Governance Review and to request that it commit to review the Strategic Board’s current arrangements in light of the new proposals.  The proposals set out a number of key features and opportunities including the introduction of a Strategic Engagement Forum and a Public Sector Integration and Reform Task Force, enabling Strategic Boards to focus on their Executive functions and reduce duplication from overlapping priorities identified by various strategic boards.

Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-18

The H&WBB is focussed on the following key priorities:

  1. Give every child the best start in life
  2. Create & develop healthy, sustainable places and communities
  3. Strengthen the role and impact of ill health prevention
  4. Ageing well – healthy older life

Early Help update

The transformational change programme to deliver the Early Help strategy has been in place since November 2014, with multi agency work streams developing new ways of working.  The following have been identified as critical success factors to have been achieved by the end of 2016:

Collaborate actions groups are up and running; Collaborative multi agency groups are up and running; All agencies have attended training and are using  the new early help engagement process; A quality assurance scheme has been developed and a pool of volunteers are established and 4 apprenticeships

Emotional wellbeing and mental health service update

A progress report was given on the implementation of the new emotional wellbeing and mental health service for children and young people in Solihull.  It is reassuring to note that the new service is about people, families and quality of life, not thresholds and treatments and that children and young people will receive mental health services locally, within their own community and close to home, and do not need to be admitted to inpatient services.

Potential Follow Up Action/Discussion/Feedback Required:  

The impact of Partnership Governance Arrangements on the Voluntary and Community Sector in Solihull

Date of Next Meeting:  29th March 2016

Name and Contact No of Rep Completing:  

Anne Hastings (from minutes as not present at meeting)

Phone 0121 704 3361 or email