Venue: Virtual Meeting
Contact: Chris Lunn
Declarations of Interest
To receive any declarations of interest.
There were no declarations of interest received at this point in the meeting.
The minutes of the Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel meeting held on 8 December 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.
SUSPENSION OF COUNCIL PROCEDURE RULE NO.
5 – ORDER OF BUSINESS
The Director of Adult Social Care and Health Integration provided Members with an update regarding the integration of Health and Social Care; the following points were made:
- Maintaining flow in respect of hospital discharge, which had become increasingly difficult, yet undertaken with few exceptions to date.
- Providing additional home care in the run-up to Christmas, which owing to staff challenges had been more expensive.
- Responding to outbreaks of Covid within care homes. It was indicated that care home residents had largely been fully vaccinated (first two doses plus booster vaccination), but where there had been outbreaks, homes were temporarily closed to admissions. At present, half of the Council’s care homes (15) were closed to admissions. It was explained that homes were closed on a rolling-basis for a period of 28 days before they could be reopened, however, discussions would be taking place regionally to determine whether this could be reduced to 14 days. This situation was not unique to Middlesbrough and was occurring both regionally and nationally.
- Reviewing additional capacity within extra care to free up hospital beds.
- Reviewing designated settings to allow for Covid-positive individuals to be discharged from hospital; a designated setting may be required in the future (location to be confirmed accordingly). It was indicated that one provider was able to offer two units of 15 beds per unit if required, although this would need to be authorised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and commissioned by the Hospital Trust.
- The Director concluded by highlighting the dynamic nature of the current situation, which was being monitored on a daily basis.
During the discussion that followed, Members asked a number of queries of the Director. In response, the following information was provided:
A representative from the Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board will be in attendance to update Members on the Board’s Annual Report 2020/2021 and its Strategic Business Plan 2021/2022.
The Chair welcomed Darren Best, Independent Chair of the Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board (TSAB) to the meeting, who was in attendance to update Members on the Board’s Annual Report 2020/2021 and its Strategic Business Plan 2021/2022. The following matters were raised as part of the update:
· Implications of the Care Act 2014 with regards to safeguarding responsibilities.
· Differences between child and adult safeguarding legislation and practice.
· The responsibilities of Local Authorities within adult safeguarding and the publication of the annual report, as presented.
· The role of the TSAB Chair.
· The reasoning behind the establishment of a single TSAB for the four Teesside Local Authorities.
· The main considerations of the annual report and the positive outcomes identified within it, including:
- The breadth of partnership work being undertaken;
- The various agencies involved in safeguarding and the high levels of engagement achieved;
- A genuine openness to learning and development;
- The role of the TSAB Sub Boards and the work carried out; and
- Serious case reviews and the partnership work and learning achieved.
· Priorities for 2021/2022, which had been changed to ‘I’ statements: the purpose of this change was to remind of TSAB’s service recipients by approaching from the perspective of the service user or carer.
· Performance Indicators – four out of five had been met; only one had been missed by 2%. It was explained that in terms of the percentage of people satisfied with their enquiry outcome, 73% had been achieved. However, this did appear more promising for the current year.
· The challenges identified within the report, including:
- The very complex environment that adult safeguarding operated in, which the pandemic had added to; praise was offered to all those working in the sector.
- The breath of adult safeguarding, which had grown significantly since the 1990s, and now included such issues as homelessness and self-neglect.
- How the voice of service users and carers could best be heard in terms of service delivery from the Local Authorities.
- Work to be undertaken in respect of domestic abuse: the impact on families and links to areas such as children’s safeguarding; homelessness; trafficking; and financial abuse.
- Staffing and training – reference was made to the impact of the pandemic; a lack of both staff and resources; recruitment challenges in terms of competition from online retailers; consideration that will need to be given towards supporting staff and ensuring sufficient training.
· Data – reference was made to the general trajectory of the adult safeguarding reports that had been received and, from those, the percentage converted into formal Section 42 enquiries under the Care Act. Consideration was given to the scenario of a rise in the number of cases and enquiries, and whether this was positive or negative – i.e. positive in that there was increased awareness and reporting of issues, or negative in that it was a significant and increasing problem. It was felt that, due to the amount of good work taking place, an increase in the trajectory ... view the full minutes text for item 21/40
Discussion: Social Housing
Following a request from the Vice-Chair, Members are asked to participate in a general discussion around the topic of social housing for residents.
Following a request by a Panel Member, a general discussion ensued in relation to social housing. The following matters were considered:
· The availability of bungalows and ground floor apartments.
· The operation of housing associations as private entities.
· The criteria, policies and processes in place for allocating social housing and how providers established these.
· Accessing grants and / or funding for housing adaptation work.
· The work of the Staying Put Agency and the possibility of receiving related information at a future meeting.
· Planning and Development policy and the Local Plan.
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 7 December 2021.
Chair provided a verbal update on the matters that were considered at the
Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting on 7 December 2021.
Date of Next Meeting - 9 February 2022
The next meeting of the Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel had been scheduled for 9 February 2022.
Regarding the outstanding items on the panel’s work programme, following discussion it was agreed that the next review topic would be ‘The Role of the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) in Supporting Adult Social Care (with a focus on Covid-19 Recovery)’.
AGREED that ‘The Role of the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) in Supporting Adult Social Care (with a focus on Covid-19 Recovery)’ review would commence at the next meeting.