· Tracey Shewan - Director of Communications and Corporate Services, North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
· Gemma Smith – Deputy Director of Commissioning – Partnerships and Integration, North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
· Jennie Collier - Managing Director, Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Care Group,Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
· Katie Dale - Head of Communications, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
The following officers were present at the meeting for this agenda item:-
- Tracey Shewan - Director of Communications and Corporate Services, North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
- Jennie Collier - Managing Director, Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Care Group,Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT)
- Katie Dale - Head of Communications, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and;
- Mark Seaton - Managing Director Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group
Jennie Collier introduced a presentation which included detail on the following subject areas:-
· Response to Covid-19
· Work with Health & Social Care organisations
· Workforce issues due to isolation and Covid-19
· Community hospital beds and acute beds for Covid-19 patients should they be required
· Collaboration with partners
· End of life pathways
· Covid-19 rehabilitation needs assessment and pathway
· Mental and physical support needs
· Leek Minor Injuries Unit (MIU)
· Consolidation of workforce to meet demands
· Movement of clinics to Leek Community Hospital
· Development of integrated care
· National Hospital Discharge Policy
· Integrated Care Teams
· Self-Care Model
In response to queries, members were advised that the clinics which were due to be moved to Leek Moorlands Hospital were in addition to the existing clinics based there and the Physiotherapy Services were now fully restored. The Panel was given assurance that the MPFT was not aware of and did not support blanket ‘Do not resuscitate’ statements.
The Panel debated the long term effects of the Coronavirus, mental health, closure of the Kniveden Project , discharge pathways to dedicated facilities able to isolate patients with Covid-19 and the research project at Cheadle Hospital.
Members were concerned about the temporary closure of Leek MIU, highlighted the difficulty travelling on public transport to alternative hospitals and the loss of staff due to redeployment. Officers agreed that Leek MIU was a valuable facility, were committed to the re-opening of the facility once it was safe to do so and recognised the impact in terms of distance and access to services. Alternative primary care provision such as NHS 111 and GP’s were reiterated.
Staffing and recruitment was an ongoing challenge for the MPFT. Officers explained that as part of the Covid-surge plans, local hospitals had been staffed by other services which had been stepped down. Rather than staff being redeployed to support the Nightingale Hospital in Birmingham, it was preferable to provide this local solution.
Tracey Shewan had noted councillors’ comments in regard to the Kniveden Project being re-opened and would discuss the matter with her colleagues at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust.
Jennie Collier welcomed Councillor Flunder’s suggestion for the Councillors Community Initiative Fund potentially being used to increase local community support around social isolation.
Flu vaccinations were given in a phased approach and a significant increase to the numbers of people that had requested the vaccine had been seen. Members shared the difficulties some residents had encountered to receive the vaccination. The Panel was assured that there was enough of the vaccine held nationally and any specific issues raised by members would be investigated outside of the meeting.
In response to Councillor Atkins’ query in relation to hearing aids, the cost saving to the CCG was £164, 674, a full review had been completed which had been presented at the Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee and following the meeting of the CCG’s Governing Body, the results from the Pre-engagement Exercise would be released to the public.
Tracey Shewan would check that the Freedom of Information request had been sent to Councillor Atkins and would establish the number of people related to the savings made due to the withdrawal of hearing aids.
The Chair thanked the officers for attending the meeting and providing the informative presentation.
1) That the presentation be received;
2) For the MPFT be scheduled to attend a future meeting of the Panel for members to be updated on Primary Care Networks.