Hounslow Council

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Banks Room, Spring Grove House, West Thames College

Contact: Kay Duffy on 020 8583 2067 or at Email: kay.duffy@hounslow.gov.uk 

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The Chair will open the meeting, invite introductions, welcome new attendees and take apologies for absence.


The Chair welcomed those present and noted the apologies. 



Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 114 KB

An opportunity for attendees to raise any issues of accuracy before agreeing the minutes, and to raise any matters arising that are not covered on the agenda.  The Terms of Reference and the role of Chair and Vice Chair for 2016/17 shall also be discussed.

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The minutes of the meeting held on 14 December 2016 were agreed and signed by the Chair as a correct record. 



·       The terms of reference were approved for the coming year.

·       Councillor Amrit Mann was confirmed as the Chair and Stephen Fry was confirmed as the Vice-Chair of the Board for the coming year.


Update Report pdf icon PDF 330 KB

This item will present updates on the work of other strategic partnerships in the borough, areas of work initiated by the partnership, progress against actions from previous meetings and other matters of interest.

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See report from the Head of Scrutiny and Policy, Agenda Item 3.


TaruJaroszynski briefed members that the first meeting of the Infrastructure Sub-Group would refine and agree the terms of reference for that group.  The voluntary sector representative position was vacant, awaiting feedback from Hounslow Community Network (HCN).



·       The submitted report was noted.

·       The Board accepted the high-level draft Infrastructure Work Group terms of reference and noted the date of the group’s first meeting.


Climate Change Strategy pdf icon PDF 363 KB

The London Borough of Hounslow is in the process of drafting the Hounslow Climate Change Strategy.  The aim is to work with partners to set out a vision and key objectives for mitigating and adapting to climate change and articulate the current initiatives to address this issue.  The strategy will also enable the Council to monitor the progress to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint and deliver on national and regional targets.


See report from Environmental Strategy, Agenda Item 4.


Ajit Bansal, Principal Environmental Strategy Officer at LBH, briefed members on the drafting of the Hounslow Climate Change Strategy.


Kevin Sarwar-Polley joined the meeting at this point.


In response to questions the following matters were discussed:

·       It was suggested that the Council might look at how organisations were engaging with environmental good practice when awarding contracts or funding.  It was suggested that there may already be provision for setting quantitative targets for VCSE organisations in the Borough’s Compact.

·       The Board sought clarification on the proposed scale of the objectives for the borough, given the poor air quality baseline resulting from a number of contributory factors. It was acknowledged, however that the Council was able to demonstrate the impact of positive behaviour on its recorded corporate baseline.  The suggestion was that partner organisations may also be able to establish their own baseline and set individual targets.

·       It was considered that some standardisation in proposed practice may also be helpful, particularly for smaller voluntary sector organisations, to enable a more quantitative measuring system. 

·       Sharing current good practice models as a group was also welcomed by the Board.

·       Members supported the suggestion of holding a seminar on climate change, to enable those with differing levels of understanding to come together, ask questions and to consider options and aspirations.

·       Peter Matthew suggested that the Council’s role should be as ‘enabler’, using its expertise in raising funding for the voluntary sector, which was best placed ‘to do’.

·       Members heard that action plans were currently being drafted for specific areas including flooding, air quality, development management, spatial planning, housing, procurement, etc.

·       The Chair suggested an email to all members to ask them for their views on the matter.


Joint Strategic Needs Assessment pdf icon PDF 405 KB

The Health and Wellbeing Board is in the process of developing the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment which analyses the health needs of populations to inform and guide commissioning of health, well-being and social care services within local authority areas. This evidence base provide the opportunity to think critical about the local population’s health and the wider determinants of health as it will inform the development of Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and commissioning plans.



See submitted report from Public Health, Agenda Item 5.


Laurence Gibson, Public Health LBH, briefed members on the submitted report and responded to questions as follows:

·       Whilst acknowledging that the identified health issues in the current document matched those identified in 2014, despite intervention in the interim period, Laurence asked members to consider the possible impact no intervention on these issues may have been.


Tracy Aust left the meeting at this point.


·       It was acknowledged that social isolation and loneliness were risk factors that had a significant impact on the cost of social care. Age UK had been tasked with looking at other risk factors in this area and results of that research were awaited at the time of this meeting.

·       It was considered that ‘hardship’ was also a contributory factor on the poor quality health choices of individuals.  

·       The Board acknowledged that the JSNA formed the evidence base that was used to identify trends that fed into the Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which in turn identified a number of priority areas for which services were commissioned.



The Board noted the submitted report and that the JSNA would be submitted for approval to the July meeting of this Board.


Cranford Stronger Together and Community Resilience Model pdf icon PDF 265 KB

With the Project and Network Officers in place, the Cranford Stronger Together Project is progressing well. The Board will receive an update on this work.  At the last meeting, the Board considered some initial thinking about community resilience and its policy implications.  The Board will also hear about the latest use of the tool to look at drivers of high-levels of avoidable A&E usage. 

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See submitted report from the Head of Scrutiny and Policy, together with presentation slides from the meeting, published with the online agenda pack following the meeting, Agenda Item 6.


TaruJaroszynski and Iche Amadi, Scrutiny and Policy LBH, briefed the Board on the project, which was due to run through to Summer 2018 when it would be evaluated by an external organisation. The aspiration was to leverage work already in place in order to establish a sustainable project model.


Peter Matthew left the meeting at this point.


There followed some discussion on measuring relationships and attachment.  Kevin Sarwar-Polley suggested that officers contact a colleague at University College London (name provided outside the meeting) who was a world leader on attachment.  Members discussed work carried out by Hounslow CCG to identify and mitigate high patterns of A&E attendance and whether this could be attributed to a particular cohort or geographical location in the borough where particular service provision could be improved.



·       The Board noted the submitted report and discussion.

·       It was agreed that officers should follow up on the discussion on high users of A&E with colleagues at Hounslow CCG outside this meeting.


Items for the next meeting on 7 June 2017 from 4pm


The June meeting was postponed to 28 June, as a result of the announcement of a General Election for 8 June 2017.


5.55-6.00pm AOB and Close


In advance of her retirement as Managing Director of Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group, the Chair requested that a letter of thanks was sent on behalf of the Board to Sue Jeffers for her commitment and hard work whilst representing the CCG in recent years.