Our Current Investigations
Over the next couple of months we're planning to look at the following areas of work:
- Caring for our future: reforming care and support
- Mid Staffordshire Enquiry- an update on developments in Manchester in response to this
- Primary Care Development
05/09/2013 - Mental Health Commissioning Intentions
An Independent Review of Mental Health Services in Manchester was carried out earlier this year. Following this, the Health Scrutiny Committee requested more information on how the issues raised were being addressed and what the future was for mental health services in the city. The Committee wants to ensure that services are being improved; and that the Council and the Health Service are working well together. Commissioners from the NHS and the Council attended to explain how services would be commissioned better in future. The Committee also welcomed the recently appointed Chief Executive of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MMHSCT) who assured the Committee they were working hard to improve. The Committee intend to be kept fully updated and involved in the process. The Committee supports the commissioners intentions to focus on safety, risk minimisation and improved outcomes; whilst providing high quality services that work well together.
18/07/2013 - New Health Deal for Trafford
At our July meeting we were disappointed to learn that the Secretary of State for Health had made a recent statement to the House of Commons where he rejected the referral made by the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee (Manchester and Trafford) in relation to the New Health Deal for Trafford Proposals. The referral had been made to try to prevent the closure of the Accident and Emergency Department at Trafford General. The transcript of the speech was included in the report, along with a letter from the Secretary of State confirming the decision to reject the referral, and a press release made by the Chair and Joint Chair in response to the Secretary of State’s decision. The Chair advised that although the referral had been rejected there was still a role for the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee to play to ensure that the proposals were implemented correctly; and that the government stood by its commitment to provide additional investment to the Accident and Emergency Department of the University Hospital of South Manchester (Wythenshawe Hospital)
20/06/2013 - Public Consultations
In June we received reports detailing the results of the public consultations and the Council's revised strategies for the Community Alarms, Drug and Alcohol, and Supporting People services. The reports would then be presented to the Council's Executive who would decide whether they would be implemented. The Committee noted that the Council was only in the position of having to make changes to these services because of the financial settlement that it received. In respect of Supporting People the Committee commented on the high quality of the consultation that had been carried out and commended officers for making changes to the proposals as a result of feedback received.
Health Scrutiny Committee were due to look at the Quality Account at the May meeting but decided to do this outside of Committee and focus in May instead on our local NHS Trust's responses to the Francis Report. Quality Accounts are annual reports to the public from providers of NHS healthcare services about the quality of services they provide. We receive a copy of the Quality Account each year for University Hospital South Manchester, Central Manchester Foundation Trust and Manchester Mental Health Trust and are invited to comment on them. A statement of the Committee's comments is added to the accounts which are then published on the NHS Choices web-site (or copies can be viewed/requested from the relevant NHS Trust). Quality Accounts aim to enhance the NHS's accountability to the public and engage the leaders of its organisation in quality improvement.
13/03/2013 - Public Health
In March the Committee received a report from the Director of Public Health. Public health functions and resources transferred to the City Council on 1 April 2013 and the Committee provided input into the detail of this transition, including the functions transferring, the staffing and budgets concerned, and the legal and constitutional implications.
7/03/2013 - Commissioning Framework for Domiciliary Care
We were really interested in this topic as we all seemed to know someone who used these services and had different experiences to share! We want to ensure that people using these services are properly looked after. We noted home care workers were often poorly paid and may not receive payment for travelling time between jobs or adequate training. We thought it was important to attract the right people and encourage them to stay working in these jobs. We made a number of recommendations regarding this and will continue to monitor this going forward.
7/02/2013 - NHS Commissioning Structures
We received a lot of visitors this month as representatives from each of the newly established Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and the Local Area Team attended and gave presentations. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 made changes to the commissioning arrangements for the NHS and they told us about their new structure and operation, the services that will be commissioned by the CCGs and the National Commissioning Board, how the changes will be implemented in Manchester, the budget of each CCG and how their funding will be prioritised, and the impact of these changes on Manchester residents. We welcomed the opportunity to ask questions and provide input to the changes that were taking place and develop relationships with the newly established bodies. We liked the way real-life case studies were used in order to understand how and why NHS services are delivered in a certain way.
12/12/2013 - Accident and Emergency (A&E) University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) Wythenshawe Hospital Following recent concerns in the press about pressure on the A&E Dept at Wythenshawe Hospital the Chair invited NHS England to attend our December meeting to address these issues. The Committee was concerned that despite assurances that the impact on Wythenshawe would be minimal following the closure of Trafford Services this was not what was being reported. NHS England informed the Committee that it was too early to draw any conclusions as only two weeks had passed since the Trafford Service had changed. The Committee was advised that the information so far indicated that patient flow was broadly in line with what was expected; and that the turn around time for the North West Ambulance Service was not outside accepted levels. The Committee noted that the Manchester and Trafford Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (JHOSC) would be meeting again in January 2014 and were monitoring the impact of the changes to Trafford Services during the implementation stage. The Committee noted that additional funding was required as soon as possible to support the A&E Department and admissions at Wythenshawe Hospital and asked to be fully updated on how the additional funding was to be spent.
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.
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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 Eddy Newman, Chair of Health Scrutiny Committee
Find out more
- You can read our agenda, minutes and reports here, as well as find future meeting dates.
- You can find out who's a member of the Committee here.