Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny Health & Social Care Sub-Committee
Tuesday, 19th December, 2017 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. View directions

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Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 21 November 2017 as an accurate record.



The Minutes of the meeting held on 21 November 2017 were approved and signed as an accurate record of the meeting subject to the following amendment:

Councillor Steve Hollands to be noted as being in attendance at the meeting.



Disclosure of Interests

In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, Members and co-opted Members of the Council are reminded that it is a requirement to register disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and gifts and hospitality to the value of which exceeds £50 or multiple gifts and/or instances of hospitality with a cumulative value of £50 or more when received from a single donor within a rolling twelve month period. In addition, Members and co-opted Members are reminded that unless their disclosable pecuniary interest is registered on the register of interests or is the subject of a pending notification to the Monitoring Officer, they are required to disclose those disclosable pecuniary interests at the meeting. This should be done by completing the Disclosure of Interest form and handing it to the Democratic Services representative at the start of the meeting. The Chair will then invite Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda item 3. Completed disclosure forms will be provided to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion on the Register of Members’ Interests.



There were none.



Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.



There were no items of urgent business.



Dementia Friendly Croydon pdf icon PDF 676 KB

The report details the plans for Croydon working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Borough.






Additional documents:


Jack Bedeman, Consultant in Public Health gave a presentation to the Sub - Committee on the work that was being carried out by Croydon Dementia Action Alliance (CDAA) to establish Croydon as a Dementia Friendly Borough.


This report had been brought to the Sub Committee for scrutiny prior to a detailed report being presented to the Executive Leadership Team in January 2018.


Dementia is a significant issue not just for Croydon but nationally. The Sub-Committee was informed that there are approximately 850,000 people in the UK living with Dementia. As a result there was significant financial costs to the economy, impact on employers as 51% of carers were also in employment.


The commitment to being formally recognised as a ‘Dementia Friendly Community’ had commenced in March 2017 with the formal launch of Dementia Friendly Croydon planned for March 2018.

Croydon had linked with boroughs where Dementia work had progressed significantly such as Merton, for transformation advice and guidance. Additionally, Croydon had taken on board learning from various Dementia pro-active boroughs.


The presentation highlighted the plans, structure and proposal for raising awareness, and to seek support for various projects through the engagement of the whole community including Council departments.


Councillor Patsy Cummings arrived at 6.40pm


Croydon had begun to establish itself in terms of Dementia Alliance and had implemented its work plan in the following areas:

         Raising awareness through multiagency working and partnerships.

         Encouraging services such as police and London fire brigade to join the alliance.

         Addressing accessibility issues around the borough

         Engagement with carers.

         Council departments, staff and their interaction with people with dementia.

         Changes to council services to streamline processes to be dementia friendly.

         Working with ‘One Croydon’ Alliance.


The Sub Committee was informed that in order for the Alliance to map

 out its action plan and track key stages of raising awareness, a work

 programme had been devised which consisted of the following phases:


Phase One 

              Stakeholder Engagement

              Dementia Friendly Workshops

              Identification of key themes for phase two



Phase Two

              Launch of Dementia Friendly Croydon

              Relaunch of Croydon Dementia Action Alliance

The actions under phase two to be implemented during National 

 Dementia week, 15-20 May 2018.


Phase Three

              Submission of formal registration for the National Dementia Friendly Community Programme.                     


Members queried the financial implication of Croydon being a Dementia friendly borough. The officer responded that there were currently no specific financial implications and any future implication would depend on the extent of the work that is carried out in the borough. The officer further advised that the only current financial overhead were in terms of the workshops and the role of the Dementia Action Alliance & Social Inclusion Coordinator which was currently being funded.


The Sub Committee enquired as to whether there would be an entity that local charities could pay into to support the work that had been done should there be resource issues. The officer advised Members that this may be looked into the future should the need arise for exploration.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 67/17


Healthwatch Croydon Update


The Committee were provided with an update of Healthwatch’s work.


Joint Health and Overview Scrutiny Committee Update


The Chair informed the Committee that a meeting of the South West London JHOSC took place on 14 December 2017 to discuss the plans on STP. The Sub Committee members were advised that the meeting focused on the realignment of services with an emphasis on local transformation boards.


The Sub Committee concluded that a letter should be sent to the CCG that Croydon expects to be notified and appropriately consulted in the consideration of reconfiguration of services.                         


Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following motion is to be moved and seconded where it is proposed to exclude the press and public from the remainder of a meeting:


“That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.”



This was not required