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Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Report from ICASS board – 3 May 16

Meeting Name: Integrated Care and Support Solihull (ICASS) Programme Board

Date of Meeting: 3rd May 2016

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed:  

Board Membership/attendance at meetings

It was notable that there was no-one in attendance from Heart of England Foundation Trust (HEFT) and that this meant that there were difficulties at times in moving agenda items forward, and key decisions having to be postponed.

Governance Review

The Governance Review which was initially supposed to take place in January is now finally underway but will take 4-6 weeks to complete.  The Good Governance Institute will undertake the review.  Board members will be asked to take part in the review and will be interviewed. The Board asked that the review be fully complete by the end of June 2016.

Communication and Engagement

The Solihull Together for Better Lives awards were very successful this year with over 300 people attending.  The criteria had slightly changed this year from ‘frail elderly’ to ‘vulnerable adults’ with no age range, nominations had doubled and there was a 4 page spread on the event in the Solihull Observer.  It was noted that the event had harnessed a lot of civic pride and was chaired by Jacquie Smith.

Better Care Fund Update

It was reported that the latest BCF had been submitted that morning.  It is believed that it will be approved, but with ‘additional support’.

Birmingham & Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

This is in the early stages but the Board were informed that the work is similar to the work of ICASS but on a much greater scale with the main areas being focused on being:

  • Primary Care
  • Mental Health and access to service
  • Safety of care in hospitals
  • Care in maternity- particularly maternal mortality

Other issues being considered are the gaps to be closed either by organisations themselves or by the systems.

Work stream Highlight Reports

An update was received on Prevention and Early Intervention; Out of hospital and Hospital Transformation, all of which are fairly much on stream with some delays due to the Governance Review.

Co-production/stakeholder panel

J.Aldridge (formally of Healthwatch) is undertaking a piece of work for ICASS around co-production and the setting up of a stakeholder panel.  Clarification was to be sought as to whether of not this work was a part of the Healthwatch function.

Potential Follow Up Action/Discussion/Feedback Required:  

There was nothing specific to the Voluntary and Community Sector

Date of Next Meeting:  9th June 2016

Name and Contact No of Rep Completing:  Anne Hastings

07578 169045 or