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Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Work Plan - 2021/2022

To consider items for 2021/22 Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee Work Plan


The Chair asked members, in light of the previous discussions, to consider the priorities for the Committee over the next 12 months.  Following discussion it was agreed that two major themes would form the main focus for the Committee, within which there could be more details topics identified:


1.     Mental wellbeing; and

2.     Homelessness


It was reported that the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT) was working on plans to transform community mental health services in Staffordshire to create a model working in partnership with primary care, local authorities, and the voluntary sector.  As part of this work the MPFT was looking to understand health inequalities in Tamworth and was looking to engage with a wide range of key stakeholders including members of the community, service users with lived experience and voluntary groups to help develop pathways to community mental health services.  The Assistant Director Partnerships and representatives of MPFT would like to join the July Committee meeting to share further details of the work and how stakeholders could be engaged in the process.


The Committee noted that the County work plan would need to be reviewed to understand when items were to be considered at the County Committee to ensure that any coordination was managed, and unnecessary duplication avoided. There were likely to be some topics identified by this Committee which were of Staffordshire wide relevance, and where appropriate these items could be recorded and highlighted by the Chair and the County Councillors member to County.


The Committee noted that the Council had signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant some years ago and that it could be appropriate to consider the formation of a working group to review the implementation of the covenant and whether any further work in this area was required.


The Committee agreed that the Work Plan be updated to reflect the discussions of the Committee and with the oversight of the Chair.  It was agreed that representative of the MPFT and the Assistant Director, Partnership be invited to the next meeting to provide an overview of the work on community mental health pathways, as part of the Mental Wellbeing theme.


The updated Work Plan is as follows:



Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Work Plan

Work Plan 2021 – 2022

Work Area Themes for the Year

1.   Mental Wellbeing


Target Meeting

Additional information

Community mental health services transformation – pathways to care in Tamworth

13th July 2021

Invitation extended to Assistant Director Partnership & representative of Midland Partnership Foundation Trust

Leisure Services

date to be confirmed

Substance abuse / addition



Young people’s experiences in Tamworth


To capture the working groups learnings

Loneliness / isolation






2.   Homelessness




Target Meeting

Additional information

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


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

Housing Allocations Policy – post implementation review


Suggested invitation to Assistant Director, Neighbourhoods




Other suggested topics for Committee consideration

Green and open spaces



Attainment and Skills in Tamworth








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


Date of planned Staffs consideration

Additional information

Access to GP Services in Tamworth

5 July 2021

Experiences locally, including barriers to access and access to Long COVID clinics

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


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


Understand the current Staffordshire wide and Tamworth position





Upcoming Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee Meetings

13th July 2021

23rd September 2021

19th October 2021

20th November 2021

25th January 2022

29th March 2022




Upcoming Relevant County Council Meetings



Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Staffordshire County Council


  • 5 July 2021
  • 9 August 2021
  • 13 September 2021
  • 25 October 2021
  • 29 November 2021
  • 31 January 2022
  • 15 March 2022
  • 19 April 2022




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