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Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Report from Health & Wellbeing Board – 27 Nov 18

Meeting Name: Health and Wellbeing Board

Date of Meeting: 27th November 2018

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed:

Solihull Together

Nick Page, SMBC Chief Executive and Chair of Solihull Together update the Board on the approach, priorities, workstreams and progress of the Solihull Together Board.  The merger of Solihull CCG into the new Birmingham and Solihull CCG, the merger by acquisition of HEFT by University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) and the review of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) strategy has been an opportunity to refresh priorities and arrangements.  The H&WBB were asked to explicitly recognise that the Solihull Together Board acts as both a Partnership Board and also as a Delivery Board for the workstreams, and in relation to the STP, will act at the local (Solihull) delivery mechanism. The workstreams include:

  • SupportUHome
  • Solihull OPAL/Community Gateway
  • Localities, Neighbourhoods & Communities
  • 0-25
  • Falls
  • Reducing Physical inactivity (Sport England Local Delivery Pilot)


Tony Hawkeshead, Birmingham and Solihull CCG reported that the STP has made some significant progress over the summer and is now focusing on 3 main areas –

  • Maternity, Childhood and Adolescence
  • Adulthood and Work
  • Ageing and later life

Concern was expressed about the lack of engagement with the public and with the voluntary and community sector, which they recognise and are hoping to rectify, starting with a conference in Birmingham on the 5th December.

Preventing Violence Against Vulnerable People

The Board was provided with the annual summary of the progress of the PVVP programme and the positive partnership working on a regional basis across the 7 local authority areas of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton to tackle –

  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Domestic violence and abuse (DVA), Forced Marriage (FM) and Honour based abuse (HBA)
  • Child sexual exploitation/Missing (CSE)
  • Rape and sexual assault

The challenge for our local Police is trying to root out what is in effect hidden crime as many young people who are vulnerable to criminal exploitation do not report it.

Corporate parenting

The Children and Social Work Act introduces wide-ranging changes to the worlds of child safeguarding and corporate parenting, with implications for he local authority in how it acts as corporate parent for looked after children and care-experienced young people.  It introduces seven principles that LA’s must have regarding to even when the child or young person is looked after by another local authority –

  • Act in the best interests of looked after children and care leavers, and promote their health and wellbeing
  • Encourage them to express their views, wishes and feelings
  • Take account of those views
  • Help them gain access to the services provided by the LA and its partners and get the best us of them
  • Promote high aspirations among looked after children and care leavers and help them secure the best outcomes
  • recognise and promote the need for them to be safe and have stability in their home lives, relationships, and education or work
  • prepare looked after children and young people for adulthood and independent living

Local area inspection of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

The Board was updated on the progress made following the joint local area inspection of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities providing, which took place in October 2017.  Whilst SMBC were not issued with a letter of Action following the Ofsted inspection, officer s in the local authority and CCG have developed a joint action place which addresses the development needed to secure the improvements required.  The H&WBB were assured that significant improvements have been made.

All Age Autism Strategy

The Board were asked to note the progress with the development and implementation of the Autism Delivery Plan, which sets out 10 strategic goals over 3 themes –

  • Widen awareness of Autism across communities, schools, professional and employers to enable those with Autism, their families and carers to achieve an independent life
  • Widen employment opportunities for those with Autism
  • Access to services is easy to understand, accessible and focused on the low cost pathways to enable services to be as accessible as possible within resources

An Autism Free School bid has been submitted which would increase specialist provision in the borough, outcome will be known in Spring 2019.

Solihull Clean Air Strategy

A Solihull clean air strategy is to be launched in February 2019 covering the period 2019-2024 to improve air quality and reduce population exposure to the pollutants known to be most harmful to human health., with poor air quality being recognised as a significant public health issue, increasing the risk of some cancers and cardiovascular disease and potentially exacerbating existing conditions such as respiratory disorders.  It disproportionately affects those who live in more deprived and congested areas, and those who are more vulnerable to the effects of air pollution such a children, older people and those with existing medical conditions.

Better Care Fund

An update on the quarter 3 performance 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, due now to be in post in March 2019. Permanent admissions to residential care of older people aged over 65 is not on track but should be much improved when the new Support U Home workstream, ‘Straight home’ is imbedded. Delayed transfers of care from hospital is also on track.

Potential Follow Up Action/Discussion/Feedback Required:

  • Reminder to take up the free Flu jabs for staff and volunteers in the VCS sector.
  • What is the best method to deliver training to the VCS on autism?  E-learning or face to face?



Date of Next Meeting:  22nd January 2019

Name and Contact No of Rep Completing:  Anne Hastings

Phone 0121 711 3410/07578169045 or email