Agenda and draft minutes

Health in Dacorum
Wednesday, 29th January, 2020 7.30 pm

Venue: Conference Room 2 - The Forum. View directions

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To confirm the minutes from the previous meeting


The minutes of the previous meeting from 03 September 2019 were agreed by the Members present and signed off by the Chair.



Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor England and Councillor Maddern.



Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest


A member with a disclosable pecuniary interest or a personal interest in a matter who attends a meeting of the authority at which the matter is considered -


(i)            must disclose the interest at the start of the meeting or when the interest becomes apparent


and, if the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest, or a personal interest which is also prejudicial


(ii)           may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter (and must withdraw to the public seating area) unless they have been granted a dispensation.


A member who discloses at a meeting a disclosable pecuniary interest which is not registered in the Members’ Register of Interests, or is not the subject of a pending notification, must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest within 28 days of the disclosure.


Disclosable pecuniary interests, personal and prejudicial interests are defined in Part 2 of the Code of Conduct For Members


[If a member is in any doubt as to whether they have an interest which should be declared they should seek the advice of the Monitoring Officer before the start of the meeting]



Councillor Bhinder is currently working with The Hospital Group regarding some marketing material and will therefore withdraw from item 7.



Public Participation

An opportunity for members of the public to make statements or ask questions in accordance with the rules as to public participation


There was no public participation


Primary Care Update


Michelle Campbell Presented an update to the group.


Since the last update in September there has been one practice merger in Berkhamsted, the Rothchild House Surgery have now merged with the Berkhamsted Group effective form January 1st, they are now the largest GP practice within Dacorum and Across the CCG.

The benefits of the merger has enabled the Berkhamsted practice to become more resilient, patients have a wider selection of services to access at different sites.


In-hours additional capacity appointments have been commissioned, these can be accessed with either A GP or a Blended workforce (an advanced nurse practitioner / a paramedic / a pharmacist). The scheme started on October 1st and will run right through until March 31st to cover the entire winter period. To date an additional 16.5 thousand appointments have been offered across the CCG.


From December there were also some additional protected appointments specifically for paediatrics, these are mainly before / after school and some lunchtime and weekend appointments.


For 19/20 there is additional funding or reimbursement if a Primary Care Network employs a Clinical Pharmacist and a Social Prescribing Link Worker. 15 out of the 16 PCNs took up the offer from the voluntary sector around employing a social prescribing link worker and to date 10 have now successfully recruited, in addition there have been 10 appointments for Pharmacist with the other 5 going through the recruitment process.


Population Health Management is a programme of work which looks at the individual population Health Data to identify areas of priority within PCNs. A support unit / Data warehouse has recently been commissioned, this will enable PCN data to be uploaded, this will enable the CCG to triangulate primary care data with acute and community services date, this will provide a clear overall picture of what is happening with the registered population and enable care providers to plan how they provided services going forward to meet the needs of their population.


A Locality transformation plan was implemented in October, the initial period has gone will and things are moving forward as expected. 


Councillor Hollinghurst would like to know how the changes have effected the number of GPs over the last year and how the mergers will effect patients trying to book appointments in Tring.


Michelle Campbell explained that inevitably with mergers there potentially is a reduction in the number of partners on the contract, however in relation to the number of GPs actually working this information is outside of the CCGs remit and they do not hold this kind of data.


Dr T Fernandes is a working GP in the area and explained that it is becoming harder to recruit GPs into practice especially as partners, this is mainly due to the work load and the hours, people don’t want to committee to being in one place for the entirety of their career or take on extra financial responsibility. All of these factors impact the number of GPs available, with the use of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Update pdf icon PDF 3 MB


David Evans explained that this is the first time this item has been brought to the Health Committee, the STP have been established for around 2.5 years, the idea was to bring together a system across a geographical area. For the past 2 years the partnership has been focused on creating a clinical strategy, and ensuring the system is brought together so it can work collaboratively and provide the best possible service for the patient’s whist adhering to the budgets and other financial constraint.


The focus has now shifted to the long term plan integrated care partnerships and an integrated care system. The CCGs will need to work closely together with a view to possibly merging 3 CCGs next year.


The three key areas which are being looked at this year are Frailty, Children and Young People and Prevention, these are deemed to be the most challenging for the system and the ones which need the biggest transformation.


The Report was noted by the Group.




West Herts Hospital Estates Update



David Evans informed the group that there is currently a judicial review taking place therefore there is limited information that can be provided.



County Council Health Scrutiny Committee Report


Councillor Bhinder has attended 3 meetings so far and will ensure the minutes of the County Council Health Scrutiny Meetings are circulated to the Group.


Councillor Beauchamp would like to know what provisions are in places for patient transport if they are allocated an appointment outside of their immediate area. Councillor Tindall informed the group that Community Action Dacorum do provide such a service and they should be contacted directly.  Patient transport will be added to the next agenda for further discussion with the CCG.



The County Council Adult Care Services Report pdf icon PDF 322 KB


The County Council Adult Care Services report was circulated to the Group.


The Report was noted



Ward Issues


The following questions were raised by Councillors and forwarded to the CCG, answers to be provided at the next meeting.


·         Why the urgent care centre being used inappropriately (for minor aliment / coughs / colds) and are people aware of the alternatives.


·         Who is responsible for the issuing of Hearing aid batteries and can a plan be put in place for multiple distributions.


Work Programme


The following items were added to the work programme for the next meeting to be held on March 11th 2020.


Patient transport

Financial Report of WHHT

WHHT CQC Inspection


It was agreed that the Work Programme will become a standing item on the agenda with additional items to be agreed at the prior meeting.