Agenda, decisions and minutes

Bradford and Airedale Health and Wellbeing Board
Thursday, 19th September, 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1 - City Hall, Bradford. View directions

Contact: Fatima Butt - 01274 432227 

Items
No. Item

7.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)

 

To receive disclosures of interests from members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.

 

An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.

 

Notes:

 

(1)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(2)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 

 

(3)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.

 

(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.

 

Minutes:

No disclosures of interest in matters under consideration were received.

8.

MINUTES

That the minutes of the meeting held on 24 July 2019 be signed as a correct record.

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 24 July 2019 be signed as a correct record.

 

9.

INSPECTION OF REPORTS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 

 

Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic Director or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 

 

If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 

 

Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 

 

(Fatima Butt - 01274 432227)

 

Minutes:

There were no appeals submitted by the public to review decisions to restrict documents.

10.

PROGRESS UPDATE ON THE WORK OF THE CHILDREN'S TRUST IN 2018/19 AND THE PROPOSALS FOR THE CHILDREN'S TRUST FROM 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 192 KB

            Board Members are reminded that In 2011 when Children’s Trusts ceased to be statutory, Bradford took the decision that the continuation of a strategic partnership leadership group for children remained a priority and the Children’s Trust continued to meet. 

 

            The Strategic Director, Children’s Services will submit Document “D” which  sets out the work that the Trust has undertaken in 2018/19 and sets out proposals to refresh the Board and clarify it’s role moving forward from 2020.

 

            Recommended-

 

(1)  That the Board formally accepts the reporting line from the Children’s System Board to the Health and Wellbeing Board.

 

(2)  That the Health and Wellbeing Board formally agrees to change the name of the Children’s Trust to the Children’s System Board and that Terms of Reference and paperwork is changed to reflect this.

 

(3)  That the Health and Wellbeing Board clarifies the decision making of the Trust; as either delegated to the Children’s System Board or as recommendations to the Health and Wellbeing Board.

 

(4)  That the refreshed governance of the Children’s System Board is accepted by the Health and Wellbeing Board and put into operation from October 2019.

 

(5)  That the resource issue for supporting the Children’s System Board is considered by the Health and Wellbeing Board.

 

(6)  That the revised Terms of Reference and work plan of the Children’s System Board is submitted to the Health and Wellbeing Board prior to January 2020 for ratification.

 

(7)  The Health and Wellbeing Board are asked to note the work undertaken by the Children’s System Board.

 

                                                                        (Jenny Cryer – 02714 434333)

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

            Board Members were reminded that in 2011 when Children’s Trusts had ceased to be statutory, Bradford had taken the decision that the continuation of a strategic partnership leadership group for children remained a priority and the Children’s Trust had continued to meet. 

 

            The Strategic Director, Children’s Services submitted Document “D” which set out the work that the Trust had undertaken in 2018/19 and set out proposals to refresh the Board and clarify its role moving forward from 2020.

 

The Board discussed the proposed change of name from Children’s Trust to Children’s System Board, noting that a key reason for the change was to recognise the difference between the previous and current arrangements. Another significant reason was the acknowledgement of systems working. The Board was advised that the portfolio holder for Children and Families was now content with the proposed name.

 

The Group Chief Executive of Incommunities Group Ltd was in attendance and offered to provide a housing representative for the new Board.

 

The need for strong links with health and care partnerships was stressed and the Assistant Director, Performance Commissioning and Partnership undertook to reflect on how those links could best be strengthened.

                       

Resolved-

 

(1)  That the Board formally accepts the reporting line from the Children’s System Board to the Health and Wellbeing Board.

 

(2)  That the Health and Wellbeing Board formally agrees to change the name of the Children’s Trust to the Children’s System Board and that Terms of Reference and paperwork be changed to reflect this.

 

(3)  That the decision making of the Children’s System Board be operated within the principles of subsidiarity, and that a clear scheme of delegation be agreed between the  Health and Wellbeing Board and the Children’s System Board.

 

(4)   That the refreshed governance of the Children’s System Board be accepted by the Health and Wellbeing Board and put into operation from October 2019.

 

(5)  That joint resourcing for supporting the Children’s System Board be considered.

 

(6)  That the revised Terms of Reference and work plan of the Children’s System Board be submitted to the Health and Wellbeing Board prior to January 2020 for ratification.

 

(7)  That the Health and Wellbeing Board notes the work undertaken by the Children’s System Board.

 

ACTION: Strategic Director Childrens’ Services      

 

 

 

11.

AUTISM ASSESSMENTS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE pdf icon PDF 265 KB

The Director of Strategic Partnerships of Bradford and Craven Clinical Commissioning Groups will submit Document “E” which provides an update around the process and progress of work being undertaken to address the length of wait for autism assessment and diagnosis for Children and Young People.

 

Recommended-

 

That the update around the process and progress of work being undertaken to address the length of wait for autism assessment and diagnosis for Children and Young People be noted.

 

                                                            (Ruth Hayward – 01274 237714)

Minutes:

The Director of Strategic Partnerships of Bradford District and Craven’s Clinical Commissioning Groups submitted Document “E” which provided an update around the process and progress of work being undertaken to address the length of wait for autism assessment and diagnosis for Children and Young People.

 

The Board began consideration of the report with a frank discussion about the length of time that children and young people with autism were waiting to access appropriate services for their needs. Councillor representatives on the Board reported their experiences of case work which had led them to understand that waiting times were both lengthy and increasing. They were advised that this was a national issue and that, locally, additional non-recurrent funding had been allocated to address the issue and that a new working model had been tested and approved but not yet begun. It was considered that the additional funding would provide the opportunity to move to the new model. When fully implemented the new model would enable the autism diagnostic assessment to be completed within three months from the point of referral.

 

Concern was also raised about the shortage of appropriately qualified professional staff needed to support this group of children and young people.

 

The Board was informed that the report provided a snapshot of a particular point in time and did not explain the significant work that was now underway to improve the length of time to would take in the future for a diagnostic assessment to take place. The CCG was working with both Wakefield and Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS FT to identify different models.

 

The Chair expressed concern about the length of time that a child must wait for support after their initial assessment. She queried why the new working model had not yet begun and was informed that reasons included funding issues, recruitment of staff, conflicting priorities and enabling young people who had already commenced under the old pathway to complete their assessment, before fully moving to the new pathway for new referrals. It was noted that where possible elements of the new pathway had been adopted within the current process. The issue of Bradford having the youngest population in the country was also highlighted as a factor affecting the number of children and young people waiting for services.

 

The Board acknowledged that commissioning processes must be followed to enable funding to be released to providers to implement the new model. However the Board urged all those involved to examine whether things could be done differently to reduce the time required for the switch.

 

Councillor representatives reiterated their concerns based on their caseloads and queried what support a child received whilst on the waiting list. They were informed that each child should be allocated a key worker who would stay with them throughout the assessment process.

 

It was agreed that feedback to understand people’s experiences would be extremely useful.

 

Resolved-

 

That the update around the process and progress of work being undertaken to address the length of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

12.

ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS OF AUTISM IN ADULTS pdf icon PDF 88 KB

The Director of Strategic Partnerships will submit Document “F” which summarises the background and current position in relation to the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders in adults. 

 

Recommended-

 

That the update be noted.

 

                                                                        (Claire Smart – 01274 237711)

 

 

Minutes:

The Director of Strategic Partnerships submitted Document “F” which summarised the background and current position in relation to the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders in adults.

 

The Board was advised that the pressure on services was such that the waiting list had been closed. The Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group had been commissioned to help understand the system and process in Bradford better. Issues in respect of recruitment were the same as had been reported for children and young people, however the waiting list was now virtually clear. Before it was reopened it was essential to ensure that the service was resilient.

 

The Chief Executive of the Bradford District Care Trust undertook to present information to the Board in respect of workforce issues for both children &  young people and adults with autism.

 

In response to a question about how adults were supported while they were on the waiting list, the Board was advised that £500,000 to £600,000 additional funding had been made available.

 

The Board was also advised that, while the waiting list was closed, there was still a route to referral for urgent cases via the individual funding request process (IFR). The Panel which considered them met monthly and it was hoped that the waiting list could reopen in the next couple of months. It was stressed that IFR was not suitable for mass referrals but was used for exceptional cases where people’s needs had to be picked up urgently.

 

The Chair queried whether the strain on services for adults was specific to Bradford and was informed that issues around recruitment had led to the waiting list building up. Although Leeds had a different arrangement there would be economies of scale from working together and a short term arrangement was considered best practice until progress was more certain.

 

Resolved-

 

That the update be noted and a future report include details on the issues of :-

·         The recruitment and training of specialist staff.

·         Ensuring that there is local access to Autism Assessment Services for the residents of Bradford.

 

ACTION:The Director of Strategic Partnerships                                                                  

 

 

13.

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES (CAMHS)

A verbal presentation will be submitted to the Board on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

 

The Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) supports children and young people across the Bradford and Airedale district from the age of pre-school up to 18 years of age, (25 if a child leaving care or with a learning disability) where there are significant concerns about a child’s mental health or emotional well-being.

 

                                                                        (Sadia Hussain – 01274 435872)

                                                                                   

Minutes:

A comprehensive powerpoint presentation was submitted to the Board on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) by the Chief Executive of the Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.

 

The Board was reminded that the Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) was the specialised clinical service to support children and young people across the Bradford and Airedale district from the age of pre-school up to 18 years of age, (25 if a child leaving care or with a learning disability) where there were significant concerns about a child’s mental health or emotional well-being. The service sat within a pathway of broader mental health and wellbeing services for young people.

 

The Board discussed the presentation in detail and agreed that a full pathway review as described in the presentation was essential as responsibility for Child and Adolescent Mental Health sat with all the Board’s partners, not just within the health arena.

 

Board Members also commented that:-

·         Given the number of children in the system currently requiring specialist services , it was optimistic to think that numbers would reduce.

·         Families needed support as a holistic matter, no matter which agency it came from.

·         It was important to acknowledge the work of the voluntary sector and charities.

·         Feedback and engagement with children and families would be important to the review.  

 

Resolved –

 

(1)  That a progress report of the review commissioned of Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services be provided in January 2020, to include information about the level of support provided to young people.

 

(2)  That the whole system approach to children’s mental health and wellbeing as described be endorsed by the Board.

 

(3)  That the establishment of a Young Persons Mental Health Board be endorsed and that the requirement to ensure the voice of the child is heard also be endorsed.

 

ACTION: Chief Executive of the Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.

 

14.

CHAIR'S HIGHLIGHT REPORT pdf icon PDF 201 KB

The Chairs Highlight Report  (Document “G”) summarises business conducted between board meetings. This report includes updates from the Executive Commissioning Board and the Integration and Change Board.

 

Recommended-

 

(1)     That Board members are requested to acknowledge the breadth of work taking place across the many themes and disciplines that are contributing to supporting the wellbeing of the people of the district and approve the Annual Progress report for the District Plan.

 

(2)     That in relation to the Bradford District Plan – Where the Health and Wellbeing Board feel that particular areas of work highlighted in the progress report need greater focus or more cross partnership coordination, that officers and relevant Partnerships be tasked to take action as appropriate.

 

(3)     That the Executive Commissioning Board and Integrated Change Board updates be noted.

 

(Sadia Hussain – 01274 435872)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chairs Highlight Report  (Document “G”) summarised business conducted between board meetings. This report included updates from the Executive Commissioning Board and the Integration and Change Board.

 

Resolved-

 

(1)     That Board members acknowledge the breadth of work taking place across the many themes and disciplines that are contributing to supporting the wellbeing of the people of the district and approve the Annual Progress report for the District Plan.

 

(2)     That in relation to the Bradford District Plan – Where the Health and Wellbeing Board feel that particular areas of work highlighted in the progress report need greater focus or more cross partnership coordination, that officers and relevant Partnerships be tasked to take action as appropriate.

 

(3)     That the Executive Commissioning Board and Integrated Change Board updates be noted.

 

ACTION: Health and Wellbeing Partnership Manager