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Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Report from Health & Wellbeing Board – 18 Sep 18

Meeting Name: Health and Wellbeing Board

Date of Meeting: 18th September 2018

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed:

BSOL Plans

Paul Jennings, Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull CCG presented on the plans for BSol.  They are working to tackle and reduce health inequalities. The NHS 10-year plan is due to be published in November and the CCG 5-year commissioning strategy is to be published this winter.  The Ageing Well programme is showing promise. The focus will be on the shift from crisis to prevention with public health being the ‘golden thread’ and a focus on social prescribing. There is to be a big push on flu jabs.  I enquired if this is to be extended to the voluntary sector as we have a lot of contact with some very vulnerable people and it is to be considered.

Chelmunds Court Care Home

A briefing was given on the actions being taken to support the improvement plan, following an inadequate CQC inspection at Chelmunds Court Care Home in North Solihull.  The purpose-built dementia care home opened in late 2017 and had difficulties from the start. We were assured of the providers continuing commitment to the achievement of the turnaround and their ambition to achieve a satisfactory re-inspection.

Local Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report 2017-18

Following the delivery of the LSCB annual report, the Independent Chair requested the H&WB Board to consider whether there are interdependencies between the ongoing priorities of he LSCB and the of the H&WB Board, in which areas the two boards can best support each other in improving arrangements for safeguarding children and young people in Solihull.

Priorities for 2018-19 include:

  • Supporting the delivery of early help services
  • Promoting positive and promising practice on neglect and gather evidence of the impact
  • Helping children at risk of exploitation and provide support into adulthood.

Solihull Safeguarding Adults Annual Report 2017-18

The Solihulll Safeguarding Adults Annual Report for 2017-18 was presented by the new Independent Chair Jane Geraghty alongside the Executive Summary in East to Read Format.

Priorities for 2018-19 include:

  • Partnership approach to Making Safeguarding Personal
  • Safeguarding and Self-funders
  • Safeguarding when transitioning from childhood to adulthood

Better Care Fund

An update was provided on the progress to deliver the Better Care Fund Plan 2017-18, which is a shared objective between Solihull Council and Solihull CCG.  Progress in delivering the schemes set out in the Better Care Fund Plan have continued, with a signed Section 75 Agreement now in place between the Council and BSol CCG.  The framework is designed to encourage closer integration of health and social care. Currently the reduction in non elective admissions is not on track due to the delay in the recruitment of a second geriatrician.  Permanent admissions to residential care of older people aged over 65 is on track and delayed transfers of care from hospital is also on track.

Strategic Housing Framework

It is recognised that Housing is fundamental to the health and wellbeing of Solihull Residents in many ways.  The proposed vision for this programme is ‘Delivering inclusive housing policies and innovative and effective housing interventions linking communities to growth opportunities, ensuring he the right housing in in the right place and the right time to meet local needs for all’.

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

The Priorities for 2018-19 include:

  • Support young people in raising awareness about mental health
  • Work with schools and colleges to develop whole school approaches
  • to put Solihull forward to pilot school mental health support teams
  • whole system approach to balance demand and capacity
  • focus on vulnerable children and young people
  • explore 24 hours access to crisis support
  • reduce waiting times
  • develop more workshops for parents

Autism Centre Developments

At May 2018, 82 pupils with autism were attending out of borough Independent Schools at a cost of £3,356,374 in placement costs and a further £722,200 in transport costs per annum.  There is a predicted global increase in the number of people diagnosed with autism. The medium to long term outcomes for someone with autism are shown by national research to be quite poor.  The aim is to change the negative expectations and outcomes and to work towards strong positive outcomes and participation in the community as fully as their needs allow. There are plans for an Autism Free School; and a Centre of Excellence in Solihull.

Public Health

The three key issues that need to be addressed in Solihull to improve health and life experience of the population are:

  • air quality
  • Loneliness and social isolation
  • Physical activity

Potential Follow Up Action/Discussion/Feedback Required:

  • Embrace the offer of free Flu jabs for key staff and volunteers in the VCS sector.
  • Consider how the VCS can contribute to the key themes in public health

Date of Next Meeting:  27th November 2018

Name and Contact No of Rep Completing:  Anne Hastings

Phone 0121 711 3410/07578169045 or email