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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received form the Chair, Councillor Rosey Claymore, and Councillors M Greatorex and R Kingstone.  The Vice-Chair, Councillor D Maycock chaired the meeting.


The Vice-Chair welcomed the new members of the committee, Councillors, J Jones and S Smith and thanked the councillors who were no longer on the Committee, Councillors M Cook and T Jay, as a borough councillor member.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 187 KB


It was agreed to defer approval of the minutes of the meeting held on 12th July 2022 until the next meeting.


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (personal and/or personal and prejudicial) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.


When Members are declaring a personal interest or personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest.  Members should leave the room if they have a personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation. 




There were no declarations of interest.



Update from the Chair


The Vice-Chair highlighted to members the various communications circulated by Democratic Services regarding the services previously provided at the George Bryan Centre and that NHS England and the Integrated Care Board (ICB) had agreed to pause the Assurance Panel planned for September to allow further time to reflect on the feedback received from stakeholders.


Update from Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust - Community Mental Health Services pdf icon PDF 941 KB

To receive an update from the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust’s Head of Primary Care Development & MH Programme Lead (South Staffordshire)



The Vice-Chair welcomed the Assistant Director, Partnerships Jo Sands, Mr Upkar Jheeta, the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust’s (MPFT) Head of Primary Care Development & MH Programme Lead (South Staffordshire) and Susan Unwin (Consultant Nurse and Approved Clinician at MPFT) to the meeting.  The representative from MPFT took the Committee through a presentation, and video, which covered:

1.    Current configuration of adult mental health services

2.    The Model of the Community Mental Health Framework

3.    Crisis Alternatives; to provide alternatives to inpatient facilities, including a Crisis Café and in conjunction with that a broader crisis response through the voluntary sector to support patients in their own homes.

4.    Core 24, which is co-located with Accident & Emergency services

5.    Winter discharge and Hospital avoidance, to support patients leaving hospital or prevent an admission to hospital, where interventions include deep cleaning, carrying out repairs, supporting with utilities and food, which had been delivered in partnership with voluntary organisations and the hospital avoidance service was supplemented with a wellbeing adviser and housing adviser

6.    Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), where patients can refer themselves and the service is delivered with a range of partner organisations, and includes an integrated bereavement service.

7.    Additional mental health developments, including encouraging physical healthchecks.


The Committee commented and sought clarifications in the following areas:

·         Whether the services were facing workforce challenges and the impact of that on these services and how this was being addressed, where it was reported that the way the services were being delivered involved working with the voluntary sector.  It was reported that nationally there was a requirement to ring fence 20% of the investment to the voluntary sector however, MPFT had decided to significantly increase the proportion of activities delivered by the voluntary sector and the total contract value to the voluntary sector was in excess of £2.5million and this had enabled MPFT to bring their vacancy rate down from 27% to 13% and MPFT were continually looking at new contemporary workforce to help deliver the transformation and MPFT were working closely with Keele University regarding clinical associate psychologists to address areas of national shortages in occupations.

·         The nature of the 4 week waiting time standard and whether the standard from a patient’s referral to the service to the completion of a trusted assessment and the start of an intervention was a national standard and whether MPFT aspired to have a shorter period.  The Head of Primary Care Development reported that it was a national standard and that to determine whether or not this target was being achieved required MPFT to have the correct metrics in place to measure these and they were required to have those metrics in place by the end of this financial year.  Following that MPFT it would be MPFT’s aspiration to do better than that and to deliver interventions as quickly as possible, and early interventions may be more holistic interventions.

·         Whether evidence of the improvements in the service’s performance could be shared, where it  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.



Safeguarding Children and Adults at risk of abuse report (April to September 22) pdf icon PDF 106 KB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Voluntary Sector, Town centre, Evening economy and Community Safety)

Additional documents:


The Chair welcomed Councillor Martin Summers, the Portfolio Holder for Voluntary Sector, Town Centre, Evening Economy and Community Safety and the Ms Jo Sands the Assistant Director, Partnerships to the meeting.  The Report of the Portfolio Holder provided the first of two biannual safeguarding updates to the Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee.  The report provided an overview of the safeguarding processes and procedures in place to discharge the Council’s legal duty to safeguard children and adults with care and support needs from abuse and neglect.


The Committee sought and received clarifications on:

·         The data in the graphs on referrals and whether the current year’s figures seemed to reflect the data from pre-pandemic years which appeared to be the case.

·         Whether the four different levels of safeguarding training were nationally set and/or mandatory and whether it was the Council who had determined that all staff should have Level 1 Safeguarding Training.  The Assistant Director reported that through the Council’s work with the Safeguarding Board the Council was required to identify the roles which require further in depth safeguarding training and the level of that training.

·         Whether the suicide prevention training was mandatory for any staff, where it was reported that teams were identified and relevant staff were encouraged to attend, and it was considered to be a difficult training to make mandatory.  The Committee debated whether it would be appropriate for public facing staff roles to be more aware of suicide prevention and training related to this.  It was also reported that at times matters would be escalated by staff and potentially lead to a safe and well check.

·         Clarification of the most common type of modern slavery in Staffordshire was sought, where the Assistant Director reported that she would report back on that matter.


RESOLVED that the Committee recommend to Cabinet that it consider whether all public facing staff should complete suicide prevention / awareness training.


(Moved by Councillor D Maycock and seconded by County Councillor T Jay)


RESOLVED that the Report be endorsed.


(Moved by Councillor D Maycock and seconded by County Councillor T Jay)


The Committee thanked the Portfolio Holder and the Assistant Director, Partnerships for their Report and attendance and they then left the meeting.




Responses to Reports of the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee

(Update on responses to the Reports of the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee)


The Chair reported that he had attended Cabinet to present the Committee’s recommendations on the Housing Strategy item which were received with quarterly reporting of relevant metrics being agreed.  The target was to bring the first quarterly report to the January 2023 meeting.


Consideration of matters referred to the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee from Cabinet or Council

(Discussion item)


The Vice-Chair reported that at the Council meeting on 19th July 2022, a petition regarding the castle grounds toilets was received.  At that Council meeting it was agreed:

·         that the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny committee would take on the issues included in the petition specific to the castle grounds

·         that the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny committee would conduct a wider review of public toilet provision in Tamworth; and

·         that recommendations be made to Cabinet at an appropriate time to be included in this year’s budget cycle

The Vice-Chair reported that further details had been sought in respect of the opening hours of the Castle Grounds toilets and the Vice-Chair sought nominations to form a working group. 


It was agreed that a working group be formed of:

Councillor R Claymore

Councillor D Maycock

Councillor J Wadrup



Update on health related matters considered by Staffordshire County Council pdf icon PDF 67 KB

(To receive the Digests from Staffordshire County Council’s Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee and an update from County Councillor T Jay)

Additional documents:


County Councillor T Jay updated the Committee on the recent Staffordshire County Health & Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee meetings which considered workforce issues, hospital waiting times and work to bring these down, and work by the Integrated Care Board.


Forward Plan

Please see the link to the Forward Plan:




The Chair highlighted that this Committee had not received an update on Recovery & Reset for some time and suggested that an update be brought to this Committee.


Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Work Plan pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To consider items for Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee Work Plan


The Committee considered its work plan, and updated it as follows:


Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Work Plan

Work Plan

Work Area Themes for the Year

1.  Mental Health & Wellbeing


Target Meeting

Additional information

Inpatient mental health pathways and community mental health services pathways

18 October 2022

Invite representatives of Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT)

Substance misuse / addiction


Contact new local service provider

Loneliness / isolation



2.  Homelessness & Housing




Target Meeting

Additional information

Housing Strategy – performance reporting

Regular reporting – meeting dates to be confirmed – staring January 2023

Invite Portfolio Holder & Executive Director, Communities, Assistant Director, Neighbourhoods / Partnerships

Overview of services available to rough sleepers / homeless people in Tamworth

 November (tbc)

Suggested invitation to representatives of Heart of Tamworth and/ or other relevant voluntary organisations

Homelessness Winter Relief Update

November 2022 and March 2023

To receive an update on plans in November, followed by feedback on the outcomes in March 2023.

Disabled Facilities Grants – process

January 2023

To understand these Grants and the processes followed from a wellbeing perspective.


Other suggested topics for Committee consideration

Green and open spaces

XX 2022/3 meeting


Attainment and Skills in Tamworth (including young people’s experiences)

To be confirmed

Working Group (WG) to be formed – WG Chair - Councillor R Kingstone & D Maycock & others

Safeguarding updates (2 per year)

18th October 2022 & 28th March 2023

Invitation to Portfolio Holder and Officers

CPR & Defibrillator awareness and community engagement

Targeting Autumn 2022

Liaise with local charity (Have a Heart)

Progress within schools in implementing guidance this area


Recovery & Reset Update on following work streams:

  • SMART Working
  • Third Sector & Vulnerability
  • Customer Services Offer


29th November 2022

Assistant Directors, People, Partnerships & Neighbourhoods invited

Specific topics to feed in to Staffordshire County Council (separate from main Themes)


Date of planned Staffs consideration

Additional information

Wider determinants of health in Tamworth, including diet / food vulnerability / healthy eating / social prescribing


Also understanding the role of schools at sixth form, secondary & primary level.


Extend an invitation to voluntary sector to understand current initiatives eg Community Together CIC


Strategic Transformation Programme (STP)


To tie in with County consideration when dates for County consideration known

Possible Working Group topics

Armed Forces Covenant


Working group to be formed.  Cabinet member identified (Cllr T Clements)

Attainment & Skills in Tamworth


WG Chair - Councillor R Kingstone & D Maycock & others

Public Toilets (following full Council referral)



Working group members:

Councillors Claymore, Maycock and Wadrup


Upcoming Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee Meetings

Meeting dates:

29 November 2022

24 January 2023

28 March 2023


Upcoming Relevant County Council Meetings



Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Staffordshire County Council


  • 28 November 2022
  • 30 January 2023
  • 20 March 2023