The Scrutiny Panel will hear from the Cabinet Member, officers and representatives from North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group outlining priorities and areas of challenge:
Cabinet Members and Officers will be asked to leave the meeting at this point
The Chair invited the Cabinet Member for Health & Adult Social Care, Cllr Alev Cazimoglu to outline her priorities for the coming year.
Cllr Cazimoglu highlighted the following:
· Scrutiny is a very effective way of highlighting issues. The Cabinet Member was very receptive to the idea of pre decision scrutiny.
· She reflected on the difficult year due to the pandemic and recorded her gratitude to the front line Adult Social Care staff who had carried on delivering services looking after vulnerable, elderly and disabled residents throughout the pandemic.
· The number one priority is Safeguarding, and this could be considered by scrutiny in a number of ways;
· The second priority is the Health & Social Care White Paper, there are two areas within this that it was suggested that scrutiny may wish to focus on; the development of Integrated Care system, which will lead to another reconfiguration of the CCG. It is important that there is a local voice. The other area is the reintroduction of Social Care inspections. This inspection regime will be similar to the way Ofsted work in Children’s services. Members may want to look at the outcome of inspections and the committee may wish to look at what officers are doing to become inspection ready over the next 18 months.
· Mental Health Service Review, the NCLCCG are leading on this review and this in addition to the national programme. There will be some new investment so it will be important to ensure that Enfield is part of this. It was suggested that members may wish to look at analysis from the wide scale review and ensure that all matters are fully considered, particularly the deficit in mental health services locally. Transformation provides opportunities but cannot solve underfunding. It is important that Enfield’s voice is heard.
· There is also a review of Community services, there is a significant funding deficit in community services in Enfield. If Enfield received the average amount that other boroughs receive this would mean a substantial increase in funding. Enfield has the lowest spend on community services within the North Central London boroughs.
The NCLCCG representative had been unable to attend the meeting but had sent through their key 3 focus/ priority areas as follows:
Dudu Sher-Ami, Acting Director of Public Health then provided priorities on behalf of the Cabinet Member for Public Health as follows:
All of these priorities are about how the council and the integrated care partnership support residents to achieve these things. Many of the long-term conditions that led to Covid related admissions and deaths are contributed and associated with these lifestyle issues.
Bindi Nagra, Director of Health & Social Care and Tony Theodoulou, Executive Director People highlighted the following:
· All areas mentioned by the Cabinet Member are supported
· Normally items would have been suggested around the operation of Adult Social Care Services. However, this has been a very unusual last year and priority from the CCG on recovering access to services will encompass some Adult social care issues.
· Safeguarding is the number one priority and would suggest that the panel look at the annual report and this could encompass a number of safeguarding areas as suggested by the Cabinet Member. Sufficient time should be allocated for this item for thorough debate
· The Health & Social Care white paper and the reintroduction of the regulation of Adult Social Care. It was felt important that scrutiny provide challenge on what is happening to ensure that the Council is inspection ready.
· Recommendations that have previously come from scrutiny panels or the former workstreams have been very helpful to officers and had a positive impact.
· It was suggested that the panel may wish to look at a smaller number of items and undertake deep dives into these issues. Members were invited and encouraged to visit any of the services provided either by the council or by health services
· The committee may be able to play a role on recommendations on the role of ward councillors can play in promoting vaccinations, particularly with the hard to reach groups.
Committee Members provided the following comments and questions:
· The Cabinet Member and officers had provided a good set of priorities and it was suggested that the panel should focus on things that it has the ability to change and that each topic must have outcomes.
· Welcomed the idea of prioritising a smaller number of items but in a greater level of detail. A comment was made that the two that seemed to stand out where safeguarding alerts and Covid vaccination rollouts. Felt that these are two areas that scrutiny could make a difference on.
· It was commented that the Health & Social Care Paper and the Public Health annual report were key areas.
· The topics will need to be discussed meaningfully and feed into outcomes
· Following a query, it was confirmed that the white paper is now on a statutory footing and some work has already occurred. This item should be taken early on