Agenda and minutes

Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel - Wednesday 13th October, 2021 10.30 am

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Chris Lunn 

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Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.


There were no declarations of interest received at this point in the meeting.


Minutes - Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel - 1 September 2021 pdf icon PDF 145 KB


The minutes of the Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel meeting held on 1 September 2021 were submitted and approved as a correct record.


Integration of Health and Social Care - Verbal Update

The Director of Adult Social Care and Health Integration will provide the panel with a verbal update regarding the integration of health and social care.


Item deferred.


Ageing Better Middlesbrough (ABM) - Update and Future/Legacy Planning

ABM's Chief Executive and Programme Manager will be in attendance at the meeting to provide an update regarding work undertaken to date, and to discuss plans for the future.


Ageing Better Middlesbrough’s Programme Manager and Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind’s Chief Executive Officer delivered a presentation to the panel, which covered the following topics:


  • Ageing Better Middlesbrough – Recap; a review of the (initially 6-year) £6m National Lottery Community Funded programme that had operated since 2015 and which, owing to the pandemic, had been extended until March 2022.  The programme, which worked to reduce loneliness and isolation for people aged 50+ in Middlesbrough, was a partnership of organisations led by Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind and managed by a Core Partnership, including older people and stakeholders.  It was indicated that a lot of positive work had been carried-out to date, with key learning achieved.  Members heard of the activities being undertaken, including a more focused approach towards 1:1 services in response to the pandemic; mental health therapy; digital inclusion; intergenerational activity; and falls partnership work.
  • Festival of Ageing Better – over 130 individuals had attended the event between 20 September 2021 and 20 October 2021; the first in-person event since the start of the pandemic.
  • Age Friendly: Capacity Building – this was the primary project currently being worked on to assist with Ageing Better Middlesbrough’s legacy planning.  In partnership with Middlesbrough Council, Public Health, the NHS and the Voluntary and Community Sector, Ageing Better had developed a ‘Get Ready for Age Friendly Middlesbrough’ training programme, together with a suite of awareness training in respect of matters such as sensory, dementia, falls and digital inclusion.
  • Age Friendly Middlesbrough Consultation – to assist with the development of the programme, both a digital and paper consultation document / survey had been created; over 250 responses had been received to date.  It was indicated that a link to the digital survey would be circulated to Councillors after the meeting.
  • Legacy – Age Friendly Middlesbrough – Public Health’s vision was “To make Middlesbrough an Age Friendly Town, where people of all ages can live healthy and active lives.  Where people can continue to stay in their homes, participate in the activities that they value, and contribute to their communities, for as long as possible”.  To create an age friendly community, it was explained that eight components needed to work together: Transportation; Housing; Social Participation; Respect and Social Inclusion; Civic Participation and Employment; Communication and Information; Community Support; and Health Service, Outdoor Spaces and Buildings.
  • World Health Organisation (WHO) Process – it was explained that to gain status or ‘stamp approval’ by the WHO, an application would need to be submitted prior to the end of the Ageing Better Middlesbrough programme in March 2022.  The process, which included co-designing the programme with older people and viewing policies and services through the lens of an older person, as well as gaining political support, was outlined to the panel.
  • ‘Centre for Ageing Better’ – a short video was played to Members.
  • ‘Please, have a seat’ project – Members heard that this initiative encouraged places and businesses to offer seats to people (not necessarily older people) whilst they were away  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21/17


Overview and Scrutiny Board Update

The Chair will provide a verbal update on matters considered at the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Board held on 8 September 2021.


The Chair provided a verbal update on the matters that were considered at the Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting held on 8 September 2021.



Date of Next Meeting - 10 November 2021


The next meeting of the Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel had been scheduled for 10 November 2021.


A Member made reference to verbal reports that had been provided at several different Committee meetings recently and requested that, where possible, written reports be provided in future.




Any other urgent items which in the opinion of the Chair, may be considered.




Exclusion of the Press and Public

To consider passing a Resolution Pursuant to Section 100A(4) Part 1 of the Local Government Act 1972 excluding the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following item on the grounds that if present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information falling within paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act and the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.


The resolution to exclude the press and the public was agreed.


Update: Aster Care Home


The Head of Strategic Commissioning and Procurement provided an update in respect of Aster Care Home.