Agenda and draft minutes

Scrutiny Health & Social Care Sub-Committee - Tuesday, 16th May, 2023 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 95 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 4 April 2023 as an accurate record.



The minutes of the meeting held on 4 April 2023 were agreed as an accurate record, subject to the following clarification that Councillor Adele Benson had attended the meeting remotely.



Disclosure of Interests

Members are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and other registrable and non-registrable interests they may have in relation to any item(s) of business on today’s agenda.


Councillor Sherwan Chowdhury disclosure that he was employed at a project that received NHS funding, although that project was not based within Croydon.


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 for consideration of the Health & Social Care Sub-Committee at this meeting.



Croydon Health Services NHS Trust - Quality Account 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 76 KB

The Health & Social Care Sub-Committee is asked to review the draft Quality Account for 2022/23, and to provide any feedback they feel would be valuable to the Croydon Health Services NHS Trust.


Additional documents:


The Sub-Committee considered a report on pages 3 to 110 of the agenda which set out a draft version of the 2022-23 Quality Account for Croydon Health Service NHS Trust (CHS). A draft of the Quality Account had been provided for the comment of the Sub-Committee, which would be taken into consideration by CHS in preparing the final version of the document.

The Chief Executive of the Croydon Health Service NHS Trust (CHS) and Croydon’s place based leader for health, Matthew Kershaw attended the meeting for this item, to provide an introduction and answer questions arising.

During the introduction of the Quality Account, it was highlighted that the report had been structured into two parts, one reviewing the performance of CHS against the organisational priorities set the previous year and the other looking forward, by setting out the priorities for the year ahead.  It was advised that of the twenty priorities set for 2022-23, positive progress had been made in most areas and thanks was given to CHS staff for all their work.

There were a few areas where further improvement was needed, including the following: -

              Although there had been improvement in the friends and family test response, the target had not been achieved. A new system had recently been installed which should make achieving the target easier in the forthcoming year.

              The target to review 95% of risks within the required timeframe had also not been achieved, with 82% of risks overdue for review at the end of April 2023. However, the implementation of Radar, a new risk management system, would quicken the pace of improvement and help to ensure the target was achieved going forward. 

              The target to ensure that 95% of all clinical and non-clinical policies were up to date and available online had not been met.  CHS were working to address this and in the short-term prioritising updating any policy that was no longer applicable. 

              The target to reduce healthcare acquired infections had not been met. CHS had performed well on minimising Covid infections but post the pandemic there had been an increase of MRSA and C-Difficile infections above the targeted rate. These increases mirrored the performance across the health service nationally and CHS had put measures in place to reduce the rate of infection back below the targeted rate.

The six priorities for 2023-24, had been identified through the use of data. The priority areas were improving capacity assessments for all patients, improving the performance of public health nursing, improving timely access to critical medications, baseline ward accreditation assessments for all adult inpatient wards, improving patient experience of their environment across Trust services and ensuring the Trust had effective systems in place to maintain up to data risk registers.

Following the introduction, the Sub-Committee was provided the opportunity to ask questions and comment upon the information provided within the Quality Account report. The first comment highlighted that the report mentioned Croydon being the youngest borough in London but did not  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17/22


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 motion was not required.