Agenda and minutes

Health and Adult Social Care and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 6th February, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Suite 1,2 & 3, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ. View directions

Contact: Joel Hammond-Gant  Tel: 01270 686468 Email:

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from councillors J Clowes (substituted for by Councillor L Smetham), A Critchley, and L Wardlaw (substituted for by Councillor K Parkinson.)


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 16 January 2020



Upon consideration of the minutes of the previous meeting, the committee queried why the request made for a report from East Cheshire NHS Trust had not been included on the agenda.




1          That it be noted that the requested report from East Cheshire NHS Trust be received at the next meeting on 5 March 2020.


2          That the minutes of the previous meeting be approved as a correct record and signed by the chairman.


Declarations of Interest

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.


No declarations of interest were received.


Declaration of Party Whip

To provide an opportunity for Members to declare the existence of a party whip in relation to any item on the Agenda


No declarations of the existence of a party whip were received.


Public Speaking Time/Open Session

A total period of 15 minutes is allocated for members of the public to make a statement(s) on any matter that falls within the remit of the Committee.


Individual members of the public may speak for up to 5 minutes, but the Chairman will decide how the period of time allocated for public speaking will be apportioned, where there are a number of speakers.


Note: in order for officers to undertake and background research, it would be helpful if members of the public notified the Scrutiny Officer listed at the foot of the Agenda at least one working day before the meeting with brief details of the matter to be covered.




Councillor D Brown spoke to the committee as a member, and on behalf of, the Congleton Town Council Mental Health Support Group. He noted the positive work undertaken to reconfigure and improve mental health services in other areas of Cheshire East; was interested in the current and future plans for mental health services local to Congleton.




That Councillor D Brown be thanked for his statement.


Update on the Re-design of Adults and Older People's Mental Health Services in Cheshire East pdf icon PDF 133 KB

To consider the progress made to date by health partners.


Consideration was given to a presentation and report on the progress made to date by health partners in the redesign of adults and older people’s mental health services in Cheshire East.


Members asked questions and put comments in relation to;


·         whether the information history relating to a young person’s accessing of mental health services was available to other organisations or local authorities if they were to move to different areas of the country;

·         what contingencies had been put in place in the event that all of the beds within this new service provision were taken up;

·         whether mental health professionals had been consulted on this service model, and had agreed that this was the most effective model for health partners to adopt;

·         what financial savings had been made to date following the re-design, and what the long-term savings were projected to be;

·         whether mental health care for people with eating disorders in Cheshire East was as robust as possible.


The committee discussed the recent decision made by Northern Planning Committee to not approve the development of a new care home in Cheshire East. Despite the decision being made based on planning-related issues, members considered whether further training for members of the planning committees on the growing demand for health and social care services, would help to ensure that similar decisions can be made with a more holistic view of the multitude of needs of residents in the Borough.




1          That the information relating to the financial savings made to date, and long-term savings projections, be gathered by health partners and circulated to the committee outside of the meeting.


2          That the committee’s comments regarding training for planning committee members be passed on to the Executive Director Place.


Update on the Context within which the Cheshire East Health and Care Partnership is Operating pdf icon PDF 104 KB

To consider an update on the strategic context across Cheshire and Merseyside and the wider Cheshire footprint, and the implications of this on the Cheshire East Health and Care Partnership strategic planning for health service provision over the next five years.


Consideration was given to an update on the Cheshire East Place Partnership Five Year Plan, which provided members with assurance that the work of the council and health partners was being planned and undertaken as part of this wider vision for Cheshire East, with consultation and communication being carried out between all partners.


Members asked questions and put comments in relation to;


·         whether there are specific areas that NHS partners had consistently had budgetary overspend on;

·         the need for the council and partners to work together effectively in order to address the health and income inequality across Cheshire East; and

·         the need for the committee and others to recognise that the current financial pressures requires all involved to focus on patient outcomes and value for money, above concern about where a service is provided from.




That the update be noted.


Falls Prevention Strategy pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To consider an update on the performance related to the Council’s Falls Prevention Strategy.

Additional documents:


Consideration was given to the council’s draft Falls Prevention Strategy. Members asked questions and put comments in relation to;


·         whether there is available data on the causes of falls, and if this could be used to help to strengthen and focus the Strategy; and

·         the need for the Strategy to focus on reducing inactivity in people, to in turn keep muscles stronger for longer and prevent muscle deterioration.




That, subject to the committee’s comments being noted as part of the consultation, the Falls Prevention Strategy be endorsed.


Supported Employment pdf icon PDF 569 KB

To review how the Council is supporting residents to find, and remain in, secure employment.


Consideration was given to an update on the work undertaken by the council to support residents to find, and remain in, secure employment.


Members asked questions and put comments in relation to;


·         the need for the council’s elected members to promote the work of the Supported Employment Team, and for the council to encourage small and medium sized employers to take on more supported internships; and

·         whether the council would be able to apply for future iterations of the European Social Fund, now that the Withdrawal Bill had been legally passed by Parliament.




That the update be noted.


Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 192 KB


Consideration was given to the council’s forward plan of key decisions.




That the Scrutiny Officer liaise with the relevant officers about the Vulnerable and Older Persons Housing Strategy 2020-23 being presented to the committee at one of its meetings during the planned period of consultation.


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To review the current work programme.

Additional documents:


The committee reviewed its work programme. A query was raised about when the committee could expect to receive the requested update from the Local Safeguarding Adults Board and Cheshire Police.




1          That the item on adult safeguarding be added to the work programme at the nearest appropriate date.


2          That the Scrutiny Officer ask the relevant officers and partners about providing a response to Councillor D Brown’s statement.


3          That the work programme be noted.