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Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Report from Health & Wellbeing board – 7 Nov 17

Meeting Name: Health and Wellbeing Board

Date of Meeting: 07th November 2017

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed:

Draft JSNA 2017/18 Summary Update

A full Joint Strategic Needs Assessment was completed in 2013, with annual updates and this latest version is to inform Solihull’s Strategic priorities. It has been informed by the stakeholder workshop and through the SMBC’s DLT priorities, eg local plan, looked after children etc).  The priorities remain the same, being:

  • Children and young people (Best start in life and developing well)
  • Ageing well (Healthy older life)
  • Sustainable place and community (including Employment and living standards
  • Strengthen the role and impact of ill health prevention

The Solihull Intelligence and Insight Group, bringing together key service, commissioning and intelligence leads are responsible for co-ordinating the JSNA updates and deep dives.

Update on NEETS in year 12 and year 13 and support available

The Board received an update report on the 16-18 NEET young people and Opportunities through Youth Promise Plus.  The report highlighted that there had been a 0.6% decrease in NEET numbers from June 2016 to June 2017, 19 fewer young people than in the same cohort last year.  Only 17 young people had declared they were not available to the labour market, including teen parents, young carers and those with an illness. The regeneration wards show a higher proportion of NEETS than Solihull as a whole. Birmingham and Solihull Council are working in partnership to deliver the Youth Employment Initiative which is a European Social Funded project offering wraparound support to any young person aged 15-29 who is NEET.

Solihull Suicide prevention strategy 2017-21

An update on the progress of the Suicide Prevention Strategy was given.  In 2016 there were 13 deaths by suicide in Solihull with men accounting for 77% of the deaths.  In line with the rest of the UK, men are 3 times more likely to take their own lives than women.  It is noted that the data hides the huge consequential cost, both socially through emotional pain, grief and life long impact on families and loves ones who take their own life, as well as financially. The long-term aim is to achieve ‘zero suicides’ in Solihull though a multi-agency approach, working through the Solihull Suicide Prevention Action Plan.  There are plans to roll out suicide awareness training.

Local Transformation Plan for children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health services

A progress report was given on delivering the local transformation plan following assurance by NHS England to the initial plan in October 2015.  There were key achievement in the following workstreams:  Promoting resilience; improving access; care of the most vulnerable; accountability and transparency and developing the workforce.  It was noted that the community specialist mental health service element of SOLAR was inspected by the CQC in March 2017 and whilst the judgement was good for caring and responsive, it was requires improvement for safeguarding and inadequate for well led and effective, reflecting a significant time of change for the service and they are now working with the CQC to address the areas identified.

Local safeguarding children Board Annual Report and serious case review

The Board were informed of the work of the LSCB in 2016-17 and asked to accept the report as a transparent account of the work undertaken.  The recommendations of the Serious Case Review were accepted by the Board.

Potential Follow Up Action/Discussion/Feedback Required:

Look out for the roll-out of Suicide Awareness Training, mindful that it affects all age groups.

It was noted that the VCSRG have been a committed member of the LSCB since 2011.

Date of Next Meeting:  23rd January 2018

Name and Contact No of Rep Completing:  Anne Hastings

Phone 07578 169045 or email