Agenda and minutes

Health Select Commission - Thursday 17 January 2019 10.00 a.m.

Venue: Town Hall, Moorgate Street, Rotherham S60 2TH

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No. Item


Declarations of Interest


There were no Declarations of Interest made at the meeting.


Questions from members of the public and the press


There were no members of the public or press present at the meeting.


Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 144 KB


Consideration was given to the minutes of the previous meeting of the Health Select Commission held on 29th November, 2018.


Reference was made to Minute 51 (Minutes of the Previous Meeting) where it was noted that the Trailblazer bid for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services was successful and more details would follow once the participating schools have been selected.


With regards to Minute No. 53 (Integrated Care Partnership) it was noted that there was a request for an update on the crisis arrangements for CAMHS which was outstanding.  This would be followed up.


It was also noted that the visit to Carnson House had been rescheduled due to it coinciding with a CQC inspection and the visit would now take place on Wednesday, 30th January, 2019 by the nominated sub-group.


With regards to Minute 55 (Work Programme) it was noted topics were being finalised for the workshops and spotlights reviews later in the year.  One of the issues that was discussed was around potential changes to Rotherham Community Health Centre on Greasbrough Road and this would be included as an agenda item for the next meeting.


Information had also been circulated regarding GP’s and GP practices and access to appointments with a reminder to feed in key lines of enquiry/issues for update on general practice.


Resolved:-  That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 29th November, 2018, be approved as a correct record.




The Chair invited Councillor Jarvis, on behalf of the Improving Lives Select Commission, to provide a brief update regarding the work currently taking place, which included the item that had been discussed on Domestic Abuse.  Further detail would be provided by Councillor Jarvis and this would be circulated to the Selection Commission for information.


The Chair also reported that in the last Member Bulletin there was information about grants available for local groups for activities to support and improve men’s mental health.  Members were asked to encourage any local groups to bid, especially if a Ward was one with higher rates of suicide.


Refreshed Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Consultation pdf icon PDF 378 KB

Rebecca Woolley, Policy and Partnerships, and Gilly Brenner, Public Health, to present


Gilly Brenner, Consultant in Public Health, and Rebecca Woolley, Policy and Partnerships, reported that the current Rotherham Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) was due to be refreshed.  This provided an opportunity to consider rationalising the content, a better fit to drive current priorities and ensuring it was more meaningful to commissioners, Service providers and partners.


The launch of the Thriving Neighbourhoods Strategy set out a new asset-based way of working placing communities at the heart of everything that was done.  To work in a truly asset focused way required a change in emphasis from ‘troublesome’ indicators to include a better balance of ‘heartening’ indicators (assets, strengths, social capital, protective factors). 


Previously the JSNA had been primarily owned and maintained by the Council.  If it was to be meaningful and used by a wider audience, it was important that partners were actively involved in contributing data and contextual analysis.  It should provide a rich resource of information to support the voluntary sector in evidencing information about their local community for funding bids etc.


The JSNA and data and intelligence provision, such as producing health needs assessments, needed to be a joined up and sustainable approach.  Having information available online enabled users to access easily and kept resources in a common location.


The consultation was crucial in determining the most appropriate design to meet the needs of users.  Components of the design to be decided included the structure of sections, content display and thematic content.  It was proposed that key interested representatives from organisations be identified/confirmed through the consultation who would then form part of a working authors group who contributed to the JSNA on an ongoing basis.


In order to provide the required level of data and accompanying contextual information with current capacity, it was proposed that:-


-         the JSNA comprise of strategic overview of key areas at a Rotherham level and as Ward profiles

-         depth for certain priority topics was added according to priority

-         the JSNA author group support the provision of more indepth data where a priority was agreed

-         determination of prioritisation where there was a defined current use and demand for information and where there was a sponsor who could lead a topic-specific working group to support collation of the required information


An interactive presentation was given allowing Select Commission Members to express their views on the proposal which included why the JSNA should be refreshed, followed by six questions asking the Select Commission to vote and give a steer on their preference.  This information would be collated and included as part of the consultation.  The consultation would remain open for a few more days if anyone wished to submit any comments.


In response to a query about whether or not the refresh would incorporate the new boundary changes, it was confirmed that this would be taken account of in due course.


The outcome of the consultation would be summarised and pulled together for consideration by a Stakeholder Steering Group in mid-February where again  ...  view the full minutes text for item 64.


South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Wakefield Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee Update


The Chair confirmed there was no further information to share for the South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Wakefield Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee other than to report that the next meeting would be in mid-March.


Healthwatch Rotherham - Issues


No issues had been raised.


Health and Wellbeing Board pdf icon PDF 110 KB


Consideration was given to the submission minutes of the Health and Wellbeing Board held on 21st November, 2018.


Resolved:-  That the minutes of the Health and Wellbeing Board held on 21st November, 2018, be noted.


Date and time of next meeting

Thursday, 28th February, 2019, commencing at 10.00 a.m.


Resolved:-  That a further meeting be held on Thursday, 28th February, 2019 commencing at 10.00 a.m.