Venue: Spencer Room, Town Hall
Contact: Chris Lunn
Declarations of Interest
any declarations of interest.
There were no declarations of interest received at this point in the
minutes of the Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel meeting held on 5
October 2022 were submitted and approved as a correct record.
SUSPENSION OF COUNCIL PROCEDURE RULE NO 5 - ORDER OF BUSINESS
in accordance with Council Procedure Rule No 5, the panel agreed to vary the
order of business to consider the remaining agenda items as follows: 6, 5, 4, 7 and 8.
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 25 October 2022.
The Chair provided a verbal update on the matters
that were considered at the Overview and Scrutiny
Board meeting held on 25 October 2022.
Amongst those was an update from Councillor Coupe, Executive Member for
Adult Social Care, Public Health, Public Protection and Digital Inclusion. As the respective Executive Member for this
Scrutiny Panel, the Chair had invited Councillor Coupe to this meeting to
provide details of what had been discussed, and to
provide any further details and/or answer any questions that Members may have.
Councillor Coupe tabled a copy of the presentation
slides that were provided at the Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting and,
during discussion, provided the following information with input from the
Director of Adult Social Care and Health Integration:
The Chair thanked Councillor Coupe for his
attendance; Councillor Coupe left the meeting at this point.
The Scrutiny Panel will be asked to consider and approve the content of the draft final report and determine recommendations for submission to the Executive.
The Democratic Services Officer
submitted a draft final report and recommendations for the panel’s
During discussion, a number of matters were explored, as follows:
The availability of rooms;
Health and safety issues;
The Council’s move to Fountain Court and the size and design
of that building;
Questions as to which organisations would potentially share
The number of VCS organisations within Middlesbrough and
consequential management of expectations vs. delivery.
A previous Link Officer role within Culture and Communities;
The role of Link Officer (i.e. what this involved, the level
this was offered at and how support could potentially cross directorates within
The link to the VCS through MVDA and the relationship with
The creation of wider relationships with the VCS;
The Council’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the bringing
together of the whole community;
A reduction in Council resources and therefore other potential
ways to link in with organisations, such as through the use of technology (e.g.
links to the Council website or a related portal);
Pre-existing links with community organisations and how
these were maintained through first contact in Community Hubs and Libraries;
how relationships could be managed through directorates; sign posting and call
Volunteer programmes operated by MVDA; and
Work that was currently taking place in respect of
transforming local communities and the establishment of a network to provide
support (reference was made to the work of Ageing Better Middlesbrough and the
intended retention of its principles following the programme’s conclusion).
Existing teaching programmes to assist people;
The diminishing number of people that did not have internet
The Council’s digital programme to help improve access – and
a potential way of targeting support;
Programmes delivered by the Staying Put Agency and the
challenges associated with encouraging individuals to learn and to keep using
The importance of social contact and learning from friends /
local support network;
The use of personal budgets to fund equipment and then link
into social network activity (which was very useful during the pandemic); and
The wide variety of needs covered by the circa. 600 VCS organisations within Middlesbrough.
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.
The Director of Adult Social Care and Health
Integration advised that there had been no substantive developments made since
the last panel meeting, though reiterated to Members that the higher level of
the Integrated Care System (ICS) was now in place.
Date of Next Meeting - 30 November 2022
next meeting of the Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel had been
scheduled for Wednesday, 30 November 2022 at 10.30 a.m.
Members were advised that the Independent Chair of
the Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board (TSAB) would be in attendance to provide
updates regarding the Board’s Annual Report for 2021/22 and Strategic Plan for
Any other urgent items which in the opinion of the Chair, may be considered.
– Charging Reforms and Fair Cost of Care
Director of Adult Social Care and Health Integration advised that submissions
on Fair Cost of Care had been made to the Government
on 14 October 2022. A response was currently awaited.
quarterly performance report in respect of increases in demand for Adult Social
Care services would be provided to the panel from
early next year. IT Services were
currently building the dashboard that would deliver the reports and it was anticipated that the system would go live in December 2022.