Agenda and minutes

Health Select Commission - Thursday 20 April 2023 5.00 p.m.

Venue: Council Chamber - Rotherham Town Hall, Moorgate Street, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S60 2TH. View directions

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Minutes of the previous meeting held on 30 March 2023 pdf icon PDF 190 KB


To consider and approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on 30 March 2023 as a true and correct record of the proceedings.




1)    That the minutes of the meeting held on 30 March 2023 be approved as a true and correct record of the proceedings.


Declarations of Interest


To receive declarations of interest from Members in respect of items listed on the agenda.


Cllrs Griffin and Havard declared a personal interest in respect of Agenda Item 6 as members of a steering group.


Questions from members of the public and the press


To receive questions relating to items of business on the agenda from members of the public or press who are present at the meeting.


The Chair confirmed that no questions had been submitted.


Exclusion of the Press and Public


To consider whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any part of the agenda.


The Chair confirmed that there was no reason to exclude members of the press or public from observing discussion of any items on the agenda.


Update on Learning Disability Transformation pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider an update presentation in respect of transformation of the learning disabilities programme.


Consideration was given to an update presentation by the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health and the Assistant Director for Adult Care and Integration. The presentation provided an update in respect of progress on the implementation of the Learning Disability Transformation programme. The presentation described progress which included creating jobs for local people. It was noted that thinking innovatively and creatively supported the implementation of the programme. There would continue to be a need for some purpose-built sites where there is complexity of needs. The Service were currently looking at how to expand this further with consideration for the voice of the local communities. Cabinet had granted approval to co-produce the vision for the strategy. Themes within the vision were described. There was to be a core area around safe travel for people with a learning disability. This improved life chances and ultimately resulted in greater equality of health outcomes. Toward ensuring better co-production, the Council would become a member of Learning Disability England. A broad offer to develop accommodation with support would be developed. This meant designing a future model of support for people that is located within the Borough, close to what matters to them. The Service were currently engaged in the design and co-production process, and awaited the finalised details. Associated timelines were described for the further implementation of the co-production. The Expected delivery was for April 2024, with soft launch activities ahead of then. The Cabinet Member noted that Castle View was felt to be an exemplary development, with six other Councils having visited to learn from the good practice going on at Castle View.


In discussion, Members requested further description of the relationship with carers and parents, and whether there was felt to be a degree of trust whereby the Service could have conversations about change. The response from the Cabinet Member noted that a small group would say that the trust has been rebuilt. Examples of people who had been empowered to follow their individual interests and dreams were noted.  It was felt that the Service currently gives the confidence and encouragement for the individuals to learn the skills they want to learn to do what matters to them. This has included starting a business, riding a bicycle, or joining a sports team. For many people, this means they never want to go back to the previous model because under the current model they have individual choice and support. Some parents may not have been won over yet, but many have been. A recent fashion design event at Wentworth Woodhouse was described. Opportunities like these would not have been possible under the former system. The Service were asking people to imagine along with the Service the possibilities beyond those that were previously in place. The Assistant Director acknowledged that change was hard, and the traditional adult social care models had not been changed in decades. This meant that this is the first change for many. Therefore, it became important how the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 270 KB

To consider an approve an updated outline schedule of scrutiny work.

Additional documents:


The Chair noted three updates to the work programme.

-       The Oral Health Review outcomes will be submitted to the next meeting.

-       Members were encouraged to attend the work programming exercise at the Scrutiny Strategy Day on 26 April from 10am to 3pm.

-       Members were further encouraged to participate in the YAS, TRFT, RDaSH Quality Accounts.




1)    That the updated work programme be noted.


2)    That the governance advisor be authorised to make changes to the work programme in consultation with the Chair/Vice Chair and reporting any such changes back at the next meeting for endorsement.



Urgent Business


To consider any item(s) which the Chair is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency.


The Chair advised that there were no urgent items requiring a decision at the meeting.


Date and time of next meeting


The next meeting of the Health Select Commission will be held on 29 June 2023 commencing at 5pm in Rotherham Town Hall. 




1)    The next meeting of Health Select Commission would be held on 29 June 2023, commencing at 5pm in Rotherham Town Hall.