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Welcome, introductions and apologies for absence


Apologies were received from Councillor Cynthia Ransome, Kathryn Singh, Jackie Pederson, Peter Dale, Chief Superintendent Shaun Morley and Paul Tanney.



Chair's Announcements.


The Chair introduced Glyn Butcher from the People Focused Group (PFG) to the meeting, who gave a brief outline of the new ‘Safe Space’ mental health service that had recently been launched in Doncaster.  This was a joint scheme between NHS Doncaster CCG, RDaSH, PFG, Mind and Open Minds.


Glyn explained that this pioneering new service was the only peer-led crisis support service running in England.  The Safe Space service was based in Intake and could be accessed via a single point of access phone line.  Using peer and voluntary support, the service was aimed at helping those suffering from a mental health crisis so that they could avoid having to attend the local emergency department.  It was noted that service users were often people who were not well enough to go home but were not unwell enough to be in hospital.  Glyn added that the service aimed to provide each individual with wrap around support and a living well plan, which linked with local services, so that people could access the ongoing support they needed for longer-term recovery and stop them from escalating into crisis.


It was noted that partners were welcome to visit the staff and volunteers running the Safe Space in Intake if they wished to learn more about the service.



Public questions.

(A period not exceeding 15 minutes for questions from members of the public.)



There were no public questions asked at the meeting.



Declarations of Interest, if any.


There were no declarations of interest made at the meeting.



Minutes of the Meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Board held on 7th November 2019. (Attached) pdf icon PDF 228 KB


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 7th November, 2019 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.



Doncaster Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report 2018/19. pdf icon PDF 100 KB

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The Board viewed a video presentation on the Doncaster Safeguarding Adults Board’s (DSAB) Annual Report for 2018/19.  Members also received a copy of the Annual Report Executive Summary document.


Following the video, Shabnum Amin and Griff Jones summarised the key headlines from the Annual Report and outlined the multi-agency activities undertaken during 2018-19 by the Doncaster Safeguarding Adults Board to safeguard adults at risk and prevent abuse from occurring wherever possible.


Griff Jones explained that efforts were being made to strengthen the connections between the work of both the Safeguarding Adults and Safeguarding Children Boards.  One example where there was scope for greater joint working was in dealing with cases of transitions from child into adult abuse.  On this point, Alan Adams and James Thomas indicated that they would welcome the development of a joint working agenda between the two respective safeguarding boards, which would enable opportunities for greater collaboration to be explored, such as joint working on the Boards’ respective Annual Reports.


In response to a query regarding the promotion of safeguarding adults training, Shabnum explained that a range of basic awareness courses was offered, both online and classroom based.  She added that steps were being taken to try and make these courses more accessible out in the localities.  It was noted that other agencies and partner organisations in the Borough carried out their own safeguarding training and Shabnum explained that there was a need to capture this data to have a more complete picture.  In response, Board Members agreed to assist by helping to promote these courses, and to share their data in relation to any safeguarding training provided by each of their respective organisations.


Lucy Robertshaw pointed out that Safeguarding Workshops using the Makaton language programme were also available and she offered to share the website link for colleagues to access further information outside of the meeting. 


RESOLVED to note the multi-agency activities undertaken during 2018-19 by the Doncaster Safeguarding Adults Board to safeguard adults at risk and prevent abuse from occurring wherever possible.



Report from Health and Wellbeing Board Steering Group and Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 190 KB

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The Board considered a report, which provided an update on the work of the HWB Steering Group to deliver the Board’s work programme and, also provided a draft Forward Plan for future Board meetings, as set out in Appendix A to the report.


In particular, the report included updates for the Board on:


·         the Ageing Well workshop held in October 2019;

·         Board Effectiveness;

·         An Expression of Interest to participate in the ‘Shaping Places for Healthier Lives’ programme; and

·         Forward Plan for the Board.


In introducing the report, Dr Rupert Suckling referred to the significant amount of work that had been carried out in relation to the recent flooding emergency in the Borough, including the ongoing flood recovery operations, and he suggested that it would be useful for the Board to examine aspects of this, such as the health and wellbeing impacts, at some point in the future.


After the Board had noted that the content of the Forward Plan would be refreshed following the next Board workshop to be held on 6th February 2020, it was




(1)         that the update from the HWB Steering Group be received and noted;


(2)         that the proposed Forward Plan, as detailed in Appendix A to the report, be agreed.



Update on Get Doncaster Moving - A Whole Systems Approach to Addressing Inactivity pdf icon PDF 205 KB

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The Board received a presentation by Clare Henry which outlined the work that had been taking place in 2019 predominantly from the work overseen by the Get Doncaster Moving Programme and Advisory Boards.


During subsequent discussion, Board Members reflected on their organisations’ roles in addressing inactivity and whether they were doing enough to address this significant challenge. 


Jo McDonough outlined some of the ways that RDaSH was encouraging physical activity.  From a staff perspective, she explained that RDaSH promoted walking and running clubs, and organised walking competitions.  She felt, however, that with regard to service users, there was scope for greater engagement, while acknowledging that certain services such as cardiac rehabilitation did promote physical activity.


Councillor Nuala Fennelly stated that under her Cabinet portfolio for Children, Young People and Schools, she encouraged schools to do more to promote physical activity.  She also stressed the importance of local exercise classes, which she felt helped to reduce the number of visits made to GPs, but highlighted that sustainability was an issue, as often these classes came to an end when funding ran out and people were left disappointed.


Dr David Crichton advised that he was pleased to represent the DCCG on the Get Doncaster Moving Board.  He then outlined some of the initiatives that the DCCG was involved in, including supporting Sport England’s and the Royal College of GPs’ Active Practice Charter, which was aimed at increasing activity and reducing sedentary behaviour in patients and staff.  Dr Crichton also reported that GP training sessions had been organised as part of the Fit Rovers scheme, a free health and fitness programme funded by the CCG in partnership with Doncaster Rovers Football Club.  He also advised that online training was currently being tested, which would enable clinicians to provide more support for people in relation to advising them on how they could improve their health through being more active.


Richard Parker informed the Board that Karen Barnard, Director of People and Organisational Development, was the lead officer on this at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH).   He stated that the DBTH had received a platinum award last year for staff health and wellbeing through its ‘Wellbeing at Work’ programme.  He explained that DBTH endeavoured to create an environment where staff were able to exercise easily.


Phil Holmes felt that, from a staff perspective, working conditions greatly influenced participation levels in relation to exercise and being active.  He stressed the need to make improvements to the way in which organisations worked in order to help staff be less sedentary.


In response to a question with regard to future plans in relation to parks and open spaces, Clare Henry explained that a significant amount of work was being done in this area, including holding workshops and conducting parks surveys, and drawing up bespoke Park Plans for 10-15 parks which had been identified as being within 1km of deprived areas.


After further discussion, during which the Chair explained that Councillor Nigel Ball had been proactive in trying  ...  view the full minutes text for item 41.


Well Doncaster Update pdf icon PDF 98 KB

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The Board received a presentation by Vanessa Powell-Hoyland and Emma Nicholas-Hernandez on the Well Doncaster programme, including its strategic goals, the journey so far, outputs and strategy for moving forward in 2020 and beyond.   


The officers also informed the Board that a submission had recently been made to the European Regional Development Fund for investment of approximately £500,000 for the Community Wealth Builder Programme.  This was an 18 month Borough-wide programme providing non-financial support to new and existing social enterprises, and would complement the Well Doncaster agenda.


General discussion followed, during which Glyn Butcher explained on a personal level how the Well Doncaster programme had transformed his life and he paid tribute to the work of officers such as Vanessa Powell-Hoyland, Emma Nicholas-Hernandez and Dr Rupert Suckling in engaging with and supporting people like him.


After the Board had noted that Well Doncaster was one piece of a larger jigsaw, building on the principles laid down in the Doncaster Growing Together Borough Strategy and the move towards locality working, it was


RESOLVED to note the update on the Well Doncaster programme and how it cut across Team Doncaster priorities, fed into the Place Plan and addressed the Board’s priorities at population level.



Children and Young People's Plan Impact Report pdf icon PDF 196 KB

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The Board received the Impact Report for 2019 in relation to the Children and Young People’s Plan. 


It was noted that the Children & Young People’s Plan had been released in 2017, setting out how the outcomes and experiences of all children and young people in Doncaster were going to be improved through until 2020.  The plan focused on 4 themes;

• Keeping our children and young people safe

• Ensuring our children and young people are happy & healthy

• Helping our children and young people achieve in their


• Striving for equality in everything we do.


This year’s Impact Report included assessments of each of the 4 themes individually.  Each of the 4 themes had a section of infographics setting out some important improvements that had been delivered in the past year.


In presenting the report, Riana Nelson stated that she was proud of the progress made to date since the CYPP was launched.  She explained that two years into the delivery against the priorities within the CYPP, the Impact Report was able to demonstrate some real positive changes that had been made and the impact those had had on the outcomes and experiences of Doncaster’s children and young people.  Moving forward, it was noted that the Plan and its priorities would need to be refreshed and set in the context of Doncaster’s ambition to be the most child friendly borough in the UK.


During subsequent discussion, Councillor Nuala Fennelly referred to the Young Advisors and Doncaster Young Commissioners groups listed on the back page of the Impact Report, and explained that groups such as these played an invaluable role in helping to measure the impact of the CYPP and ensuring that the voices of children and young people were heard.


After the Board had acknowledged the progress made against the CYPP objectives, and recognised the importance of being clear on which Boards were taking the recommendations forward, it was


RESOLVED to note the content of the Impact Report for 2019 in relation to the Children and Young People’s Plan.