Hounslow Council

Agenda and draft minutes

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Contact: Deepa Patel, telephone: 020 8583 2540 or e-mail:  deepa.patel@hounslow.gov.uk. 

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Apologies for Absence, declarations of Interest and other Communication


Apologies for absence had been received fromCouncillor Linda Greene, Councillor Kamaljit Kaur, Councillor Corinna Smart, Emma Cartwright (Co-opted Member), Martin Waddington (Director for Joint Commissioning), Imran Choudhury (Director Public Health and Leisure), Alan Adams (Executive Director Children’s, Housing, and Adult’s Services).



Minutes of the meeting of 25 April 2016 and any matters arising pdf icon PDF 133 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 25 April were confirmed. Members asked that any matters arising be captured in the work planning discussion.


Action Members made the more general point that going forward officers ensure that action points from previous meetings are taken forward.



Appointment of the Vice Chair and nomination to the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee for North West London


Cllr Mukesh Malhotra was confirmed as Vice Chair of the Panel.


Cllr Mel Collins was nominated as representative to the JHOSC. As all Members of the Panel were not familiar with the JHOSC it was agreed that a second nomination would be sought following new Members having an opportunity to understand the work of the JOHSC.


Action:  Circulate minutes of the previous JHOSC meeting and a briefing to bring all Members of the Panel up-to-date with the work of the JHOSC (Deepa)



Action: Chair of the Panel to seek second nomination to the JHOSC at the next meeting of the Panel.


The Chair also noted the replacement co-opted member from Hounslow HealthWatch, Tim Spilsbury (Chief Officer). The Chair thanked the outgoing co-optee Stephen Otter for his contribution to the work of the panel.



2016/2017 Work Planning


Additional Documents:

·         Draft 2016/2017 scrutiny work programme

·         Suggested Scrutiny Topics, Director, Adult Safeguarding and Health

·         Hounslow Healthwatch Work Topics 2016/16

Mun-Thong Phung (Director, Adult Safeguarding and Health) set out the core business of the department as:

1. Developing preventative services;

2. Safeguarding; and 

3. Integrating work with health.


Key challenges were as follows:

-          Government cuts and the knock on impact of this on council services as borne our in the medium term financial strategy;

-          Care Act increasing expectations of the public;

-          Increasing number of older people with complex care needs.

Despite these challenges, it was noted that Hounslow in the lowest spending authority in London on adult social care. Mun-Thong Phung provided members with the following suggestions for the 2016/17 scrutiny work programme:

1. NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan

-           This links into how the Council works with health and includes pooled budgets across health and social care.

2. Community Recovery Service to support independent living

-           This service is based at Heart of Hounslow and is performing well.

-           It coordinates the support provided following discharge from hospital.

-           It was noted that Hounslow Healthwatch has carried out an in-depth review of this service in the previous year.

3. Carers support offer in line with the personalisation approach

4. Prevention of need for residential placements

-           It was noted that we are managing to reduce need.

-           Scrutiny input could investigate if we are considering the right alternative options (reference was made to the learning disability service and the high cost of care particularly where young people transition from children to adults services). Out of borough placements could be one such option.

5. Developing information and advice for people looking for care services. Members asked the impact on NHS partners of Hounslow being the lowest spending on adult social care. Mun- Thong Phung responded that services to the local population had not been restricted. The council’s performance in relation to delayed discharge was very good.


Members made reference to the range of preventative activities being taken

forward through BetterCare Funding and the link with these activities and the

NHS Sustainability and TransformationPlan.


·         Action Members identified a need for training to help them understand how social care works and access to services (Deepa/Ian to liaise with HR/Department and arrange).

·         Action Members requested a briefing on the Better Care Fund including the projects which had been funded and outcomes achieved (Martin Waddington).


The Chair thanked Mun-Thung Phung for his contribution to the work planning discussion and asked that the Panel now have their own discussion to determine priority topics for the year.


Members expressed their disappointment that the STP (one of the work topic suggestions) had already been finalised and that there had been no engagement to seek the panel’s views prior to submitting the plan to Department of Health.


·         Action Deepa/Ian to check what feedback Hounslow Council had provided on the STP and who it had come from.

·         Action The Chair of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 51.


Any other matters that the Chair considers urgent


The Chair expressed her thanks to John Murphy (Policy/Scrutiny Officer) who had been supporting the work of the panel. She praised his diligence and keenness. Members agreed his moving on would be a loss to the Panel.



Date of Next Meeting - 19 September 2016


The date of the next meeting was noted.