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Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Report from Solihull Together Board – 20 Jul 17

Meeting Name:                Solihull Together Board (STB)

Date of Meeting:             20th July 2017

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed:

Evaluation of the Midlands Cluster and Emergency Care Vanguard

A report was presented by SQW on the findings of the five-month evaluation of the Midlands Cluster Urgent and Emergency Care (UEC) Vanguard, focusing specifically on the findings emerging from the Solihull Together Vanguard.  It noted that Solihull has a relatively old and rapidly ageing population, the 65 and over population grew by 25% between 2005 and 2015.  Older populations are more likely to have multiple co-morbidities and demonstrate greater use of UEC services, as well as social and community care.

The five main workstreams reviewed as part of the evaluation were:

  • Local Area Co-ordinator service (LAC) embedded in localities to provide non-statutory solutions to people’s needs – tackling social isolation, low level mental illness, frailty; dementia, financial and housing issues through informal support, advice and guidance
  • Care Navigator Service – introduced to help individuals to navigate the complex service landscape, each Care Navigator is linked to 3 GP practices and support individuals to navigate a range of services, including social care, primary care, community care or services related to housing, benefits and other non-clinical issues, in order to alleviate the pressure on GP’s.
  • Integrated Decision Hub (IDH) – with the aim of acting as an interface between health and care professionals and remove duplication by providing a single telephone based point of contact for professionals requiring advice and support on a range of issues
  • Achievement of the eight ‘must do’ regarding IUC – Solihull CCG has worked with the lead CCG for the West Midlands NHS 111 service to make progress towards achieving the eight requirements outlined by NHS England, e.g. making appointments out of hours

Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)

As part of the ongoing work towards a Solihull Together Accountable Care Partnership, it is acknowledged that the Solihull Together Programme is mandated by and accountable to the Solihull Health and Wellbeing Board, and in terms of the Birmingham and Solihull STP, it is acknowledged that ‘Solihull Together’ is a place based programme.  This is important in order not to lose much of the excellent integrated work that has been characterised by a shared willingness and drive to work together to deliver better outcomes, transformed quality of care delivery and sustainable finances.

Better Care Fund

The updated Integration & Better Care Fund Planning Guidance was issued on 4th July 2017, indicating the deadline for submissions of final BCF plans being the 11th September 2017, which need to be agreed by the Health & Wellbeing Board. The emphasis of the fund is on Delayed Transfers of Care.

Views from the Independent Care Sector (ICS)

A report was given by the Acting Strategic Commissioner for Older People on the views of the Independent Care Sector in Solihull and how they can play a significant role in reducing unnecessary admissions to hospital as well as supporting reductions in Delayed Transfers of Care.

Potential Follow Up Action/Discussion/Feedback Required:

The consultation on the potential merger of Birmingham and Solihull CCG’s has now been published.  Voluntary and Community Sector colleagues are strongly encouraged to respond to the consultation as the decision has implications for Solihull residents.

Date of Next Meeting:  20th July 2017

Name and Contact No of Rep Completing:

Anne Hastings
Phone: 07578169045