Agenda and minutes
The Former Adult Services and Health Scrutiny Panel
Thursday, 4th March, 2010 10.00 a.m.
Venue: Bailey House, Rawmarsh Road, Rotherham. S60 1TD
Contact: Jackie Warburton (ext. 2053) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chair made the following announcements:-
Community Health Centre
Members were reminded that a visit to the Community Health Centre had been arranged on Thursday 11th March 2010 at 10.00 am to view the facilities and services provided. Anyone interested in attending should contact Delia Watts or Ben Knight by the end of Friday 5th March 2010.
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment in Yorkshire and Humber
“Confronting the Challenges: Sharing Lessons, Building Local Solutions”
Members were reminded that the above event was taking place on Tuesday 23rd March 2010 at the Royal Armouries, Leeds from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Expressions of interest were sought from Elected Members to Delia Watts or Ben Knight.
Quality Accounts – Joint Meeting with Rotherham LINk
Members were reminded that a joint meeting was being hosted by LINk to look at the draft quality accounts for RDASH and the Rotherham Foundation Trust on Thursday 29th April 2010 at their offices on Coke Hill, Rotherham.
Learning Pool Health and Social Care E-Learning Training
Councillor John Doyle reported on the e-learning package which was available in respect of learning pool health and social care, which included safeguarding. He confirmed that it was a straight forward package which would take between 20-40 minutes to complete with a certificate being issued at the end.
Declarations of Interest.
No declarations of interest were made at the meeting.
Questions from members of the public and the press.
There were no members of the public and press present at the meeting.
Bel O’Leary, Screening Co-ordinator, NHS Rotherham gave a presentation in respect of Health Screening Programmes in Rotherham.
Screening is a process of identifying apparently health people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. They can then be offered information, further tests and appropriate treatment to reduce their risk and/or any complications arising from the disease or condition.
She confirmed that all screening programmes can do harm. The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) assess evidence for programmes against a set of internationally recognised criteria covering the condition, the test, treatment options and effectiveness and acceptability of the screening programme, using research evidence, pilot programmes and economic evaluation. This is intended to ensure that they do more good than harm at a reasonable cost.
She reported on the following three screening programmes which were an existing programme, a recently introduced programme and a programme which would be implemented in the future.
Cervical Screening Programme
The NHS Cervical Screening Programme (NHSCSP) is a programme preventing cancer by detecting and treating early abnormalities which, if left untreated, could lead to cancer in a woman’s cervix.
The programme aimed to reduce the number of women who develop invasive cervical cancer and the number of women who die from it, by regularly screening all women in the target group.
Women aged 25 to 64 are invited for regular cervical screening on a rolling programme. They are called using a call and recall system from the Open Exeter System of GP registration, mainly via GP Practices and via Sexual Health Services. Samples were currently processed at the laboratory at Rotherham Hospital and the laboratory referred directly to the Colposcopy Unit at the RFT for onward referral of patients as necessary.
Coverage was now 80% which was lower in areas of high ethnicity, women who had a learning disability and women between the age of 25 and 34 years.
What we are doing?
Bowel Screening Programme
The South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Bowel Cancer Screening Programme was launched in 2008, with people between the ages of 60 and 69 being offered a screen.
A sample kit was sent to the home of the eligible population by the programme call and recall system, requesting two samples of motion to be returned via the post to the laboratories.
Normal results were returned into the standard call and recall and abnormal results were referred to screening unit and offered an appointment with a Specialist Screening ... view the full minutes text for item 81.
Steve Dobson, Research and Statistics Officer and Lisa Taylor, Food Centre Manager gave a presentation in respect of the Ministry of Food Evaluation.
The presentation drew specific attention to:-
A question and answer session ensued and the following issues were raised and discussed:-
Resolved:- That the minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 11th February 2010 be approved as a correct record for signature by the Chair.
Resolved:- That the minutes of the meetings of the Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care held on 25th January 2010 and 8th February 2010 be noted and received.