Agenda and minutes

Health & Wellbeing Board - Wednesday, 30th October, 2019 2.00 pm

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Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 115 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 19 June 2019 as an accurate record.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 19 June 2019 were agreed as an accurate record


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 no disclosures at this meeting.


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 was none.


Public Questions



There were none.


CYP Mental Health Local Transformation Plan pdf icon PDF 122 KB

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The Chair of the Children and Young People Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Partnership Board, Dr John French, introduced the report and explained that St. Mary’s Catholic High School was the first school to trial the Trailblazer programme in Croydon.


In December 2018 there had been a joint workshop with the Health & Wellbeing Board where the four key elements for the Mental Health Local Transformation Plan to focus on, these being: engagement with children, young people, their families, carers and communities; supporting schools and colleges to promote the emotional health and wellbeing of all their pupils; Clinical Pathways: navigating through the system with the right access at the right time in the right place; and strategic join up and wider work: maximising the resilience of the population through working with wider services and approaches.


The Board was informed that the Youth Engagement Manager, Emily Collinsbeare, had been working alongside Croydon Drop In to create a leaflet commissioned by the council and written by users and children which had been published for parents, carers and professionals. It was offered that copies were distributed to Board Members for their information.


Officers had been looking at how people were accesses services to determine a single point for all areas for referring patients who were in need of care. South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM) had developed a triage to refer patients to the appropriate agencies. It was noted that it was a large piece of work and unfortunately resources were limited, particularly with CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).


Councillor Hopley noted that she had attended an event on the Croydon Trailblazer programme with the Vice-Chair, Executive Director - Children Families and Education and Councillor Margaret Bird. She informed the Board Members that the event was extremely helpful to see how the local schools could deal with mental health and identify the issues at an early stage, particularly through the schools working closely with the families. Councillor Hopley highlighted that these concerns were not due to deprivation or poverty based as there were these problems in private schools also. The Director of Public Health noted that there were different elements to mental health and there were no identified trends. The suicide rates were fortunately low in Croydon but they would see if any patterns could be identified across South London. 


The Executive Director - Children Families and Education noted that from the demonstration at the Croydon Trailblazer programme event it was clear that the tracking software was already beginning to have an impact. Having a designated mental health professional based in the school working with children, families and staff had transformed the behaviour and attitude towards mental health. He explained to the Board that he was going to begin communicating with schools shortly to see if the Trailblazer programme would be useful and begin rolling the scheme out. The Chair added that a high number of state schools were unable to do a trial in the Trailblazer programme as they  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5/19


Prevention Green Paper Response pdf icon PDF 163 KB

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The Director of Public Health introduced the report which included the One Croydon response to the Prevention Green Paper 2019, outlining the vision for proactive, predictive and personalised prevention to address slowing increases in life-expectancy and the social gradient to healthy life-expectancy.


The Chair and Vice-Chair thanked the Director of Public Health and her colleagues for their hard work.


RESOLVED – That the Board noted the Croydon response to the Prevention Green Paper, as outlined in Appendix 1 to the report.


Croydon Health and Care Commissioning Intentions 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 106 KB

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The Board watched a video created by One Croydon which outlined the work of the Croydon Health and Care Plan. The Chair added that the final Plan had been signed off by Full Council on 15 July 2019.


The Vice-Chair introduced the report and explained that the Croydon Health and Care Plan event was organised to capture the views of Croydon residents and following this the Plan had been officially launched on Wednesday 23 October 2019. He noted that all Croydon GPs needed to be working to the same plan and it was important to establish a clear leadership to deliver this.


Councillor Hopley noted that paragraph 3.3 of the report referenced a lot of work to be completed in 2020/21 and requested further details to be sent to her regarding the timeframes for this and how data would be collected and measured. She added that other data collected within the council should be incorporated, for instance, emissions-based parking charges. The Director of Public Health noted the importance of the interpretation of the data; if there were any inequalities then it would be crucial to add narrative to obtain a true representation.


In response to queries from the Board the Vice-Chair stated that referrals had reduced by 14% overall, namely private referrals and referrals to outside NHS providers. Work was underway to identify different options for appointments and to receive test results, and one potential was to encourage scheduled telephone appointments. He stated that it was crucial that the quality of service was always improving and there had been improvements since the joint working had begun.


In response to the CVA representative it was clarified that the Croydon Health and Care Board would be in place by April 2020 but some of the work had already begun.


RESOLVED – That the Board noted the report, appendices and the areas where the Council and CCG are considering joint commissioning.


Health Protection update: Immunisation Steering Group and Annual Seasonal Flu Plan pdf icon PDF 199 KB


The Director of Public Health introduced the report and informed the Board that the Croydon Immunisations Steering Group, as a subsidiary group of the Croydon Health Protection Forum (HPF), had undertaken system wider work to develop a local seasonal flu action plan. It was noted that there was not a shortage of the vaccine and all primary schools, community services and frontline staff were being offered it for free. It was noted that flu could be worse than previously predicted and agreed to update the Health & Wellbeing Board in January 2020.


RESOLVED – That the Board agreed to note the contents of the report and to encourage its members to work in an integrated manner regarding the delivery of the actions derived from the draft Seasonal Flu Action Plan.


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.