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19 Janury 2016 - Discussing the future of mental health services in the city

The Health Scrutiny Committee had considered a number of reports regarding Mental Health Services and decided to dedicate a separate meeting to discuss the future of mental health services in the city.  The purpose was to discuss how improvements to mental health services could be made, particularly in light of the Mental Health Improvement Programme, the new service specification and developments at a Greater Manchester level. Invitations were sent to a range of Voluntary and Community Sector organisations, service users and elected members and the session was attended by the NHS (Clinical Commissioning Group), senior officers from the council and clinicians.

Members received presentations setting out the current Manchester context and providing an overview of the future of mental health, social care and wellbeing services in Manchester .  The session then heard in turn the views and experiences of all of the guests who were invited to suggest what improvement could be included in the new mental health service specification for Manchester . 26 areas of improvement were identified, ranging from having Mental Health practitioners working in GP surgeries and Accident and Emergency Departments; improved partnership working with the Voluntary and Community Sector; service users and carers being involved in the design of services and recognising the importance of peer support. An overview of this session and copies of the presentations delivered can be viewed at –

http://www.manchester.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/2808/health_scrutiny_committee

The NHS representative welcomed the opportunity to hear and share the views of the service users and organisations present. He said that the conversation and areas of improvement identified will help inform the new service specification. The recommendations that arose from this session were received and formally endorsed by the Health Scrutiny Committee at their meeting of 28 January 2016.

29 October 2015 and 26 November 2015 - Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust

At the October and November meetings the Committee considered two reports from the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust. The Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust provide mental health services and substance misuse services to adults and older people across the city of Manchester .

The first report considered at the October meeting dealt with the financial position of the trust and the proposed retraction of services to deliver a balanced budget. In recognition of the of strength of feeling about this issue the Committee had invited the Chief Executive of the Trust, Commissioners, Trade Union representatives and service users to speak at the meeting.

The Committee heard of the services identified by the Trust that they wished to withdraw to make the required financial savings. However even with these there would still be a £2.3 million gap in the budget.

Both the union and service user representatives said that any removal of services that had been proposed by the Trust would have a very negative impact on people who rely on these services.

The second report considered at the November meeting gave the Trusts response to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection report that was published in October 2015. The CQC are the independent regulator of health and social care in England , and following their inspection they had awarded the Trust a rating of ‘Requires Improvement’.

The Chief Executive of the Trust attended the meeting and explained that following the inspection the Trust had developed an Action Plan to address all of the points raised during the inspection. Both the Trust and the members said that the commitment and dedication of the staff to deliver the highest levels of care for service users was recognised in the report and they expressed their thanks to the staff working at the Trust.

The members decided that a seminar would be held in January 2016 to discuss the proposals for the future delivery of Mental Health Services in Manchester .

23 July 2015 - Greater Manchester Health Devolution

At the July meeting the Committee also discussed the decision taken on the 15 July as part of the Healthier Together consultation. The Committee said that they regretted the decision reached not to allocate Wythenshawe Hospital as a specialist site. The members said that they had expressed their views and the reasons as to why they believed it should be a specialist hospital and were very disappointed by the outcome.

Also at the July meeting the Committee discussed the Devolution deal agreed for Manchester and the implications of this on the provision of Health and Social Care services for residents.

The members welcomed the Devolution agreement that will enable the region to plan and deliver services in response to local need and ambitions. They also agreed that it is an opportunity to better design and deliver Health and Social Care services in a joined up way to improve the health of Manchester residents. The Committee noted that the Health Devolution settlement is still in the early stages with a lot of the detail to be agreed but noted that a lot of work is ongoing. The Committee agreed that this is a subject that they will return to regularly to receive updates.

Summary of the Year

Over the previous 12 months the Health Scrutiny Committee has continued to examine how the Council and its partners in the NHS deliver health and social care services to improve the health and wellbeing of Manchester residents. Consideration has been given to a wide range of topics ranging from services for children and adults on the Autistic Spectrum, Public Mental Health and Wellbeing, End of Life and Palliative Care, Non Urgent Patient Transport and Sexual Health Services. The February meeting was dedicated to Cancer Services and the Committee heard from a number of invited guests, including Macmillan and Cancer Research UK.

In particular the Committee has closely continued to monitor the impact of the closure and relocation of Walk-in Centres. The Committee had strongly objected to, and made representations against the closure of the Ancoats Primary Care Centre and Wythenshawe Forum Walk-in Centre in previous years. The objections arose as the Committee was of the opinion that the closures would have a detrimental impact on patient choice as residents were unable to secure same day access to see a GP.  The Committee has continued to closely monitor the impact of these closures on the local community, and continue to press the local NHS providers and the sector regulator for same day patient access to GPs.

At the March meeting the Committee established a subgroup to examine Learning Disability Services in Manchester. This group will commence their investigation in the next municipal year and will report their findings of their investigation to the main Committee.

Get Involved

To find out more information have a look at our full work programme.  This includes what topics we will be looking at, what specific issues we will be considering and who we will be hearing from.  Please bear in mind that the programme is continually updated, and so dates and agenda items may change from those listed in the programme.

If there's an issue you want to contribute to, let us know.  You can either send a written contribution to scrutiny@manchester.gov.uk or you can attend a meeting and ask the Chair if you can speak.  You can also suggest a topic for us to look into by filling in our 'suggestions form.' 

If you want to speak to somebody about contributing to the committee, please call our scrutiny support officer on 0161 234 3011 or e mail scrutiny@manchester.gov.uk

The Role of the Committee

"As members of the Health Scrutiny Committee, we are dedicated to looking at how the Council and its partners in the NHS deliver health and social care services to improve the health and wellbeing of Manchester residents. We take a broad view of the health and social care services that are commissioned and provided by both the NHS and the Council so that we can make recommendations about how they can improve these services for you.

Our areas of interest include social care for adults, health inequalities, health services, the protection and safeguarding of adults in receipt of health and social care services, mental health and wellbeing, experiences and outcomes for patients, public health and healthy living.

Through this page you'll be able to keep in touch with what we've been doing, find out what we'll be investigating over the next few months and how you can get involved." Councillor Bev Craig, Chair of Health Scrutiny Committee


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