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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:

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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.


Health Screening Programmes in Rotherham pdf icon PDF 34 KB


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?


High Ethnicity


  • Working with health trainers, link workers and health professionals to increase awareness and encourage uptake
  • Further work was needed at the mosques with both females and males


Learning disability


  • Work around the accuracy of the Learning Disability register had now been completed.
  • This would enable us to identify from the Direct Enhanced Service for Learning disability (DES) which women with a learning disability have had a Cervical and Breast screen


Younger Women


  • A social marketing initiative was underway to identify why women did not attend for screening


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.


Ministry of Food Evaluation pdf icon PDF 13 KB

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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:-


  • Two key challenges
    • Momentum
    • Outcomes
  • Evaluation stages
    • Pre-contemplation
    • Contemplation
    • Preparation
    • Action
    • Maintenance


  • Relapse
  • Interim results
  • Transition breakdown
  • Conclusions


A question and answer session ensued and the following issues were raised and discussed:-


  • What involvement does Jamie Oliver/production company currently have with the Ministry of Food Rotherham?  Confirmation was given that Jamie had not been back since his initial input, although his team did offer support in the form of links from Jamie’s website and provision of recipes.  It was now very much a Rotherham project.
  • What was the current funding situation for the Ministry of Food? There was some of the initial fund left, but as there had been no funding offered since, they were looking at generating their own funding for the future.
  • The Ministry of Food project was launched to encourage better habits concerning food and dietary health, but nearly 40% were already long term healthy eaters.  A query was raised as to whether the project had been poorly targeted.  A comment was made that this still meant that 60% of participants weren’t healthy eaters and it was hoped to reach more of this group over time.
  • Concerns were raised about the number of people who would not cook because they were scared to use cooking facilities and utensils for fear of hurting themselves.  Confirmation was given that part of the project was to train people in the use of equipment in the kitchen and therefore overcome this fear.
  • It was felt that it was essential to educate young children to eat healthily before they got into the habit of eating unhealthily.  They could then re-educate their family at home.  It was confirmed that work was ongoing with small schools who didn’t have cooking facilities and also work was being undertaken with parenting groups.  In addition there was a health schools initiative being run across all the schools in Rotherham.  Courses for children are regularly run at the MOF.
  • How were participants identified for the ten-week course?  Confirmation was given that so far no advertising had been necessary as people had been approaching the course.
  • Were there any sign-posts/referrals coming from GPs to the course.  So far there had been no contact with GPs but they were looking into linking with them.
  • What plans were there for continuing and developing the MOF project?  It was envisaged that it would grow and become a Social Enterprise.


Minutes of a meeting of the Adult Services and Health Scrutiny Panel held on 11th February 2010 pdf icon PDF 31 KB


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.


Minutes of a meeting of the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health held on 25th January 2010 & 8th February 2010 pdf icon PDF 16 KB

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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.