Hounslow Council

Agenda and minutes

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Apologies for Absence, declarations of Interest and other Communication


Apologies were received from Cllr Mukesh Malhotra and Cllr Peter Carey.


Cllr Collins declared a non-pecuniary interest as he was an attending outpatient at West Middlesex University Hospital.


Minutes of the meeting of held on 1 February 2016 pdf icon PDF 62 KB


The minutes were agreed as a correct record.



Matters Arising


There were no matters arising.


Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Post-Acquisition Review pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Additional documents:


The Panel received a report and presentation from Leslie Watts, Chief Executive; Dominic Conlin, Director of Strategy; Tina Benson, Hospital Director that provided an overview of progress, achievements and areas where further work was required since the acquisition by Chelsea and Westminster of West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust in September 2015 (see accompanying report pack and presentation for details). In addition to the points made in the report and presentation the following matters were highlighted to the Panel:


·       Overall the acquisition has proceeded smoothly. Patient and staffing experience has been positive. Performance and financial measures are being met despite turbulence more widely in the NHS. NHS regulators have described it as one of the best transactions completed within the NHS. A&E performance is the best in London. There remain recognised challenges around communications, slippage in the ICT programme, and some departmental integration programme as business as usual has been prioritised.

·       Looking forward, the Trust needs to achieve £122 million of efficiencies as dictated by formula set out by the Dept. of Health. This is not a cut in funding, as the overall amount is increasing to take account of a growing population, but is about showing efficiency savings. This will be achieved through the creation of one organisation, driving out costs, and developing new models of care.

·       No services have been removed from West Middlesex but new ones being added. In addition to new cardiac catheter services new clinical developments include paediatric assessment units, surgical assessment units. The Trust were looking at developing ophthalmology, including ambulatory and urgent care, services at the West Middlesex site as part of the £30 million five-year investment plan set out in the accompanying report. Bariatric and colorectal services were also being developed.

·       A contingency plan was in place to make sure that adequate cover, provided by consultants, was in place to cover the Junior Doctors strike that was due to take place on the 26 and 27 April.

·       The Trust was prepared to receive in-patient paediatrics from Ealing Hospital in June but if non-elective patient numbers increased, including A&E and emergency numbers, then West Middlesex would require more investment in infrastructure including beds and staff.

·       Healthwatch stated it had received 275 comments from patients attending West Middlesex, and whilst the majority of feedback was positive, there were 3 statements of concern relating, not to treatment, but to the approach and attitude of staff.

·       Problems of car parking were recognised but could only be addressed by creating multi-storey facility – this is within their planning but will not be addressed until the longer term.

·       With respect to Shaping a Healthier Future, the transfer of maternity workforce and patients had gone smoothly and a similar process is in place for paediatrics. Transfer of additional A&E capacity would be more problematic without required infrastructure, and this was currently under discussion as part of the planning being undertaken.

Resolved -

The Panel noted the report and presentation and agreed the following:

·       The Healthwatch  ...  view the full minutes text for item 43.


Healthwatch Update


Stephen Otter provided the Panel with an update on the recent work focused on surveying the experience of Hounslow residents using the borough’s health and social care services. The panel were informed that Healthwatch were finalising four reports which would be shared with the Panel for their consideration. These reports covered:


·       An evaluative review of the Community Response Service and the Integrated Community Response Services:

·       An Evaluation of Greenrod Place and Park Lodge House:

  • Personal Care Framework: Measuring the Impact:
  • A survey of mental health services for children and young people in Hounslow:

Resolved -

Upon receipt of the full reports the Panel would consider if and how to include the issues raised in their future work programme.



Work Programme pdf icon PDF 143 KB


The Panel reviewed the work programme for the 2015/16 municipal year. The Chair, Cllr Bath, commented on the extensive amount of work covered by the Panel and thanked both councillors and officers for their commitment and efforts in delivering a successful body of work.


Resolved -

The Panel noted the completion of the 2015/16 work programme


Any other matters that the Chair considers urgent


Cllr Collins advised the Panel that the next meeting of the North West London Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, of which he was Chair, would take place on the afternoon of 16 May at Brent Civic Centre.


Date of Next Meeting - 29 June 2016


The date of the next meeting was noted as 29 June 2016.