Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board, Chairs blog, November 2018

Hello there,

This month we held the Health and Wellbeing board meeting at Tipton Muslim Community Centre.

We heard the news that Dr Basil Andreou, GP and Vice Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board will be stepping down.  The board thanked him for his dedication and support to our board over the last five years.

This time around we had a number of really interesting topics to discuss. First we heard from the Transforming Care Partnership.  Our local partnership is made up of Black Country health reps and was set up in response to the Winterbourne View scandal in 2012. They are working to support people who have learning disabilities or complex mental health problems who need to be admitted to hospital.

We heard about the engagement work taking place and asked the partnership to ensure that key work-streams are linked up including Children and Adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) programme.

The partnership also told us about the money it costs to do this work and the board asked that it reaches an agreement with its partners on how the costs will be met by early next year.

We then heard from Lesley Hagger, the new Executive Director of Children’s Services here at the council who updated the board on the Children and Adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) transformation plan. The plan was first developed in October 2015 following publication of the Future in Mind report in 2015 that identified the current challenges to children and young people’s mental health provision. Issues included long waiting lists and poor access to services.

The plans for next year include improving access so that people can get the help they need, supporting the wider children’s workforce, shaping the ACEs work streams and joining up engagement opportunities with key partners including the Children’s Trust and the local clinical commissioning group.

The board approved the interim plan and asked that a delivery plan be created and bought back to board in early 2019; I’ll update you on this in the future.

The final main discussion item focused on the Better Care Fund presented by Andy Williams, Accountable Officer from Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). This work supports the reducing delayed transfers of care focus theme.

Andy asked the board to consider options for the future of social care-led bed-based intermediate care provision in Sandwell. The board approved option2 – the building of a specialist 80-bed integrated Social Care and Health Centre at the Knowle site, Harvest Road, Rowley Regis, with the Centre to be managed and staffed by the Council. This is an exciting piece of partnership work and we will hear more about developments next year.

I had a number of items on my chair’s correspondence list this time around.  Firstly, Cllr Syeda Khatun, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Communities updated the board on the improving end of life care focus theme of which she is Board sponsor.

Since the last update, engagement work has taken place including consulting on localising a national palliative care framework here in Sandwell. We asked council, CCG and Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust colleagues for their views on what was important and we will be asking local people what they think on 4 December at the CAP Centre in Smethwick between 12.30 and 3.00pm. If you want to come along, click here to register

Secondly, we had a good news story from our SHAPE team here at the council who won a BAPA (Black and Asian Police Association) Police & Community Inspirational Award for the work they do in inspiring young people through the programme to fulfil their potential – well done Neesha and team!

We then heard from Andy Williams, Accountable Officer for the CCG who confirmed that their GP leadership structure had changed and as of 2019, the health and wellbeing board will have new membership. I will share more about this in the next blog.

Finally, Chief Supt. Richard Baker updated the board on the work of the other 3 statutory boards, the Safer Sandwell Partnership Police and Crime Board (SSP), the Sandwell Safeguarding Children’s Board (SSCB) and the Sandwell Safeguarding Adult’s Board (SSAB).

The SSP have agreed new priorities and have aligned new sub-groups in support of the prevention of violence and exploitation (PoVE) work.  New programme managers for PoVE and Modern Slavery will be starting in the New Year.

The SSAB have appointed their new Chair, Sue Redmond and new priority areas have been identified including:

  • Voice of the service user
  • Data performance
  • Safeguarding pathways

The SSCB is making plans to transition to new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements (MASA) in 2019. Priorities for their approval are:

  • Improving SSCB performance
  • Improving services for Sandwell children
  • Improving response to exploitation

Work is currently being undertaken to consolidate a number of plans to strengthen SSCB governance in readiness for MASA.

Cllr Simon Hackett, cabinet member for Children’s Services updated the board on a recent inspection of the Youth Offending Service (YOS). The inspection is part of a new programme of Inspections led by HM Inspectorate of Probation. The board was pleased to note that the service received a ‘good’ rating. Read the rest of the inspection report by clicking on the above link.

Future meetings: Our next meeting will be held on 17 January 2019 at 4.30pm. Venue to be confirmed. Meetings are open to the public.

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


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