Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Laura Bluff and Sean Gibbons.
Declarations of Interest, if any
There were no declarations made.
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meetings held on the 18th July 2022 be agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.
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There were no public statements made.
The meeting was attended by both people with lived experience and partner representatives. Those in attendance provided statements and an overview of the completed actions and next steps to be delivered across the partnership as part of the Carers’ Strategy 2022-25 and Carers’ Action Plan 2022-23.
Geoffrey Johnson, a Former Carer and Co-Chair of the Carers Strategic Oversight Group provided an overview of his experience as a carer and involvement with the Carers Strategic Oversight Group. He informed the Panel of his support for the Doncaster All Age Carers Strategy 2022-2025 and the Carers Action Plan for 2022-23, which was approved by Cabinet on the 11th May 2022. The Panel also received from partners an update of the Carers Strategic Oversight Group and examples of Good Practice that have taken place.
Members heard that all partners had now received the Doncaster All Age Carers Strategy 2022-2025 and the Carers Action Plan 2022-23, with measurable outcomes being discussed to be taken away and updated annually. Reference was made to the lack of attendance from some partners at Group meetings and a wish that they provided representation that would help send a message that Carers were valued. It was noted that carers have concerns of both carer recognition and discharge in hospitals
It was continued that the Carers Action Group have co-produced along with the Communications Team, a Carers flyer, which would require further funding to be broadened to other languages.
Finally, Mr Johnson passed his congratulations and thanks to Tommy Shaw, leaving Chair of the Young Carers Council, for supporting young carers in the Borough. He expressed his wish that such Carers who have stood down, should receive a letter of thanks after the contribution and time they have given to Doncaster Council.
Glyn Butler, voice of a carer (and People Focus Group (PFG)/Safe Space), vocalised his experience of caring and its impact on mental health.
The Director for Health and Wellbeing, then provided a presentation updating the Panel on the following areas
· What Carer’s Contribute.
· Doncaster’s All Age Carers Strategy 2022 - 2025
· Doncaster Carer’s Group Governance Structure
· Doncaster Carer’s Strategy and Action Plan
· Progress So Far
· Doncaster Carers Action Group
· Next Steps
Further insights were provided by Campbell McNeil (Commitment to Carers Programme/NHS England), and Cath Magee (Making Space/Doncaster Carers Wellbeing Service), who provided overviews of what was currently taking place and what was available for carers.
The Director of Health and Wellbeing stated how there had been tangible developments although it was felt that larger organisations needed to scale up their involvement.
The Panel continued to address the following areas:
Locality Working – Concern was raised that there was still a disconnect between carers in the communities and what was taking place within localities. It was asked, what was available in terms of training and signposting to key organisations such as Making Space and Doncaster Carers Wellbeing Service
Cath MacGee spoke about how there was an aspiration to make locality areas more carer friendly and spoke about the ... view the full minutes text for item 11.
The Panel was asked to give consideration to a presentation, which covered;
· Findings of the latest GP Patient Survey;
· Current access to primary care across Doncaster;
· National, South Yorkshire and Local approaches to improvement; and
· Primary Care Estate development across Doncaster.
The Panel discussed the following areas:
GP Survey – Clarification was sought around information provided on the presentation showing results from the GP Survey. This related to green bars indicating experiences of Primary Care Networks to be lower than that of national and Integrated Care System levels. It was explained that there were a number of questions asked within the survey that formed part of a particular theme. Members heard how this was about tailoring the offer back as part of the support for quality, telephony, capacity and demand where it can be sought from other practices, tailoring to that particular Primary Care Network. It was acknowledged that this might be different in the south to what it was in the north.
It was explained that there could be 7/8 practices in a Primary Care Network. Members were informed that the survey had not brought up any areas that they were not already aware of. It was recognised that what was important was what was being done going forward.
It was added that many areas undertaken nationally, were still split on list size or numbers. It was explained that this had not yet moved towards a more needs based approach and it was felt that this was perhaps the national direction, from an inequalities point of view.
In relation to the Inverse Care Law, it was explained that when a practice was struggling, it could become a difficult place to work and therefore attracting new people became more challenging. Members heard that although this was the reason behind the new roles, there was a need to make those struggling practices (particularly those linked to areas of deprivation) a good place to work with the hope that people will remain.
A question was asked about the origin of the qualitative data. It was explained that the consultation around Enhanced Access was undertaken with the GP Federation working with HealthWatch. It was added that Primary Care Doncaster and North Primary Care Network, had also undertaken some initial engagement on what the local population wanted. It was continued that from a broader point of view around how they work with practices, a triangulation of evidence was brought together that included; the data, qualitative information and what the practices were providing. Finally, it was explained that work had been carried out to share intelligence from good practices to be used to support those practices that were struggling.
Glyn Butcher thanked Primary Care for what they do and explained his observations from the work that he had undertaken with communities and SafeSpace. It was felt that people often attended their GPs due to habits and intergenerational patterns and that the key to addressing demand included promotion and re-educating people to consider alternative ... view the full minutes text for item 12.
The Panel received a presentation showcasing the work undertaken to date on the 2022 JSNA, the forward plan and the enabling infrastructure. This included:
· Doncaster’s 2022 JSNA and Reports
· 2021 Census
· JSNA Outcomes framework
· Mortality Analysis
· Forward Plan
· Next Steps
It was reported that the JSNA provided an intelligence overview of health and wellbeing in the borough and should be used for strategic commissioning purposes to understand the needs and assets in communities as well as health and wellbeing outcomes. Members were informed that the Health and Well Being Board (HWBB) agreed a revised JSNA policy in June 2021 as a continuous process of investigations and outcomes monitoring rather than a static annual document.
There was a discussion and the following was raised;
Future Challenges and Health Problems – Concern was raised around the cost of living crisis that could create more health issues against the already present challenges around deprivation across the Borough. It was noted that food banks were now asking for food items that needed warming up rather than ingredients to be cooked. It was added that because dental health was so poor in deprived areas, softer and liquid type foods were easier to eat to digest.
Officers agreed that although the data was important, it was about understanding the drivers, for example, women’s healthy life expectancy, and which headlines were important to target and monitor effectively. It was viewed essential that this information helps feed into the wider policy work and places that need it most. It was explained that it was also about understanding multiple deprivation and intersectionality between different policy drivers and how that reflects in the data, for example, the team was currently working within the next phase of Stronger Families, which was a significant piece of data driven work involving 35 data sets.
In respect of current concerns, it was explained that a response cell (similar to that created during the pandemic) could be established to monitor social and economic impacts (over the winter). This would help consider issues such as unemployment trends, business bankruptcy, empty shops, footfall in town and economic centres as well as health problems seen by Accident and Emergency departments. It was explained that it was particularly important what was taking place going forward.
The Chair thanked officers for providing this information and commented on how valuable it was for the Panel in identifying future issue to be addressed through the workplan.
RESOLVED that the Panel note the findings of the JSNA to date and the forward plan.
The Senior Governance Officer presented the Scrutiny Work Plan that had recently been agreed by the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee and the Council’s Forward Plan of Key Decisions.
RESOLVED: That the update be noted.