This month we held the Health and Wellbeing board meeting at the Haden Cross Community Fire Station in Cradley Heath. You can see the papers here
We welcomed a new GP to the Board Dr Ayaz Ahmed, the Clinical Commissioning group (CCG) primary care network representative.
The first item was an update from the Transforming Care Partnership on the actions set by the board in November. Our local partnership is made up of Black Country health reps and was set up in response to the Winterbourne View scandal in 2012. The programme aims to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities and/or autism residing in hospital so that more people can live in the community, with the right support, close to their home.
We had an update on the engagement work taking place and further detail on the money it costs to do this work. The board will hear from the partnership again at a future meeting.
Next we had an update on the Sandwell Safeguarding Children’s Board (SSCB). Following a national directive, the multi-agency safeguarding arrangements were shared with the board and later on this year, the SSCB will be known as the Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership (SCSP)
The new partnership will promote the interdependence of organisations and agencies including the voluntary, community sector in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and their families.
Responsibility for the partnership rests with Sandwell Council, the Chief of Police, the local Clinical Commissioning Group and Sandwell Children’s Trust.
This is positive news and the cabinet member for Children’s Services Cllr Simon Hackett has challenged the health and wellbeing board to consider how it can support the new partnership. A key support mechanism will be the statutory 4 board’s partnership, a meeting where the Chairs of our statutory boards come together.
We will hear more about the development of the new partnership later on in the year.
Andy Williams, Accountable Officer of Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG then presented an update on the future of health commissioning and provision in Sandwell.
The main focus of work so far has been on the development of a single outcomes framework and the building of a provider alliance in Sandwell. This means that the board will have oversight of 1 plan which will be focused around the Vision for 2030 that will contain detail on how local health services will run and be paid for. The board were receptive of the plan and asked that Andy bring the first draft to the next meeting. I will share more in March’s blog.
Following on from the board’s decision in 2017 to make mental health a focus theme and the young person and people’s parliament mental health takeover that took place in September 2018, the board received an update on mental health and wellbeing in Sandwell. Jayne Leeson, from Changing our Lives and Colin Marsh, a Service Manager for Sandwell Council presented a proposal for re-shaping the adult governance arrangements of mental health. The health and wellbeing board champions co-production and was pleased to accept the recommendation that the board receives and supports future white papers submitted by the People’s Parliament; a strategic body led by MPs with recent lived experience of mental health difficulties.
We also agreed that a new adult mental health and wellbeing strategic steering group should be set up led by the Parliament and supported by the Board and practitioners.
To encourage a joined up approach, the board asked that Children’s Services and the Children’s Trust consider this framework in line with their existing mental health governance model. I am delighted that this work-stream is progressing as I believe strongly in the aim to ensure mental health achieves parity with physical health.
We then received an update from Andy Williams on the social and health care centre in Rowley Regis. Plans are moving along at speed and I am delighted that this Better Care funded project is taking shape so quickly.
We then heard about an exciting initiative led by Cllr Elaine Costigan called Fizz Free February. Healthy Sandwell are challenging Sandwell residents to give up fizzy drinks this month. You can find out more about it including ideas for healthy swaps and make a pledge here
Finally, the board was also informed that Chief Superintendent Richard Baker was moving on from Sandwell. Sincere thanks were extended to him for his leadership on the prevention of violence and exploitation work-stream and his chairing of the statutory 4 board chairs group. His contribution was invaluable.
Future meeting: Our next meeting will be held on 14 March 2019 in Wednesbury – venue to be confirmed, at 4.30pm. Meetings are open to the public and papers can be found on the council CMIS page.
As I mentioned earlier, if you have any ideas of where we can hold the meeting, please get in touch with the board project officer Rachel Allchurch on 0121 569 5163 or tweet us @SandwellHWBB. (This blog does not replace the formal minute of the board meeting).