Agenda and minutes

Joint Social Care & Health and Education & Children Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 25th January, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Chamber & Ante Room, 3 Spilman Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1LE. View directions

Contact: Catherine Gadd 

Items
No. Item

1.

TO APPOINT A CHAIR FOR THE MEETING

Minutes:

It was UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED to appoint Councillor G. Thomas as Chair for the meeting.

2.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors J.D. James, K. Madge and J. Owen as well as Mrs. E. Heyes (Parent Governor Member Llanelli Area), Mrs. K. Hill (Parent Governor Member Dinefwr Area) and Mrs J. Voyle Williams (Church in Wales Representative).

3.

DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL INTEREST

Minutes:

Councillor

Minute No(s)

Nature of Interest

 

Councillor A. James

 

 

Minute No. 6

 

He uses the Carers’ Service and his daughter is a nurse.

 

 

Councillor J. Lewis

 

 

Minutes No. 6

 

She sits on the Community Health Council

 

 

Councillor E. Morgan

 

 

Minutes No. 6

 

 

Daughter is a staff nurse

 

 

Councillor D.W.H. Richards

 

 

Minute No. 6

 

He uses the Carers’ Service

 

Councillor B.A.L. Roberts

 

 

Minutes No. 6

 

Daughter is a health visitor and she is a co-opted member of the Community Health Council.

 

 

Councillor G. Thomas

 

Minutes No. 6

 

 

Her husband drives for Country Cars

 

 

Councillor J. Williams

 

Minutes No. 6

 

She is an unpaid carer for her husband

 

 

4.

DECLARATIONS OF PROHIBITED PARTY WHIPS

Minutes:

There were no declarations of prohibited party whips.

5.

PUBLIC QUESTIONS (NONE RECEIVED)

Minutes:

The Chair advised that no public questions had been received.

6.

PARTNERSHIP ARRANGEMENTS ESTABLISHED IN WEST WALES UNDER PART 9 OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES AND WELLBEING (WALES) ACT 2014 AND THE WEST WALES POPULATION ASSESSMENT pdf icon PDF 236 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the partnership arrangements established in West Wales under Part 9 of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act (SSWBWA) and the West Wales Population Assessment in advance of endorsement by Council.

 

The report provided an overview of partnership arrangements established within the West Wales footprint to meet the requirements within Part 9 of the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014, which included the establishment of a statutory Regional Partnership Board (RPB). It was noted that the West Wales RPB had been in place since June 2016 and the Terms of Reference were due for review in December 2016. However, Officers explained that it had been agreed to defer a full review of the Terms of Reference to March 2017. It was highlighted that there were regional priorities for RPB, including: integrated commissioning, pooled funds, remodelling mental health and learning disabilities services, information, advice, assistance/prevention and implementation of the Welsh Community Care Information System.

 

Members were advised of the work undertaken on behalf of the RPB to complete an initial Population Assessment, which had been approved by the Board and had to be endorsed by the statutory partners, prior to publication by 31st March 2017. The Committee was informed that the Assessment identified the needs for care and support in the region, the levels of care and support currently provided and areas for improvement and development. It was highlighted that a wealth of data had been collated to inform the Assessment and there had been an encouraging return rate of surveys. One of the key messages from the Assessment was the anticipated growth in demand for services over the coming few decades, and in particular for older people. Officers explained that low level preventative community care would be an important aspect of addressing this need. Another area to be addressed was ensuring that services were available in Welsh. The Committee were pleased that attention had been given to the importance of developing the use of Welsh in the health and care sector. Officers explained that following the publication of the Population Assessment the RPB was required to develop an area plan to address the needs identified.

 

The Committee noted that there was one Elected Member from each Local Authority on the Board and queried whether there was a democratic deficit. It was suggested that it would be useful to increase the number Elected Members and for them to be representative of the community. Officers advised that the minimum statutory requirements were currently being met. However, it was the view of the Board that this could be progressed further and it would be considered as part of the review of the Terms of Reference in March. It was noted that carers and service users were represented on the Board. The Committee highlighted the option of co-opting onto the Board and felt that this option could be beneficial to assist those in underrepresented areas, for example, with such issues as transport.

 

It was clarified that there  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.