City of York Council

Committee Minutes


Staffing Matters and Urgency Committee


26 June 2023


Councillors Douglas (Chair), Kilbane, Ayre and Widdowson

Officers in attendance

 Ian Floyd – Chief Operating Officer

Helen Whiting – Head of HR & OD



Appointment of Vice Chair (17:31)


Members agreed to appoint Cllr Kilbane as the Vice Chair of the Committee.




1.           Declarations of Interest (17:32)


At this point in the meeting, Members were asked to declare if

they had any personal interests not included on the Register of

Interests or any prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interests

that they might have had in the business on the agenda. None were declared.





2.           Minutes (17:32)


Resolved: That the minutes of the Staffing Matters and Urgency Committee held on 20 March 2023 be approved and then signed by the Chair as a correct record.





3.           Public Participation (17:32)


It was reported that there had been no registrations to speak at

the meeting under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme.





4.           Appointment of Public Health Roles and Temporary Arrangements (17:32)


The Committee considered the recommendations to begin the process of recruiting a Director of Public Health and the Assistant Director/Consultant in Public Health, as set out in the report of the Chief Operating Officer.


Members were informed that interim arrangements would be required until the roles were filled due to a current leave of absence. It was noted that the Council aimed to advertise for the Assistant Director and Director of Public Health roles from July 2023 with posts being filled by January 2024.


Officers informed that the Council receives a grant that is only to be used for Public Health, and that any expenditure must be proven to have been used for Public Health. Members enquired whether the Council required both a Director and Assistant Director post in Public Health, or whether savings could be made from this Public Health grant to be spent elsewhere on service delivery in Public Health. Officers indicated that a reduction in roles could lead to a deterioration of the level of service which could be provided and that to meet the Council’s objectives the current structure was appropriate to meet capacity and provide an effective service. Members also asked whether there was any opportunity for regional Public Health roles to replace the Council’s current posts. It was noted that the Council had explored the possibility of joint roles with neighbouring authorities but that there was currently a lack of appetite from other authorities to pursue this.


The votes on the recommendations were as follows:


2 members voted for the recommendations.

2 members voted against the recommendations.


The Chair casted the deciding vote for accepting the recommendations.



                     I.        Approved the establishment of an Appointments Advisory Committee (AAC) constituted in accordance with NHS Statutory Instruments governing recruitment to a local authority Director of Public Health and a Consultant in Public Health.

                   II.        Agreed that, in addition to the Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health a representative from the Liberal Democratic group sits on the AAC as nominated by the political group (page 6).

                 III.        That the AAC to be authorised to conduct the interviews, select the successful candidates, and make offers of employment subject to the necessary employment procedures of the council and Secretary of State for Health (paragraphs 23 to 26).

                 IV.        Confirmed the pay package for the Director of Public Health, Assistant Director of Public Health and the Acting up arrangements for the Director of Public Health (which will be as and when required given the substantive postholder absence and up to the appointment of a new postholder) (paragraphs 16, 17, and 22).

                  V.        Approved the engagement of the North Yorkshire County Council Resourcing Team to undertake the recruitment and selection exercise alongside the HR Team and Chief Operating Officer (paragraphs 27 to 28).


Reason: To progress the appointments to deliver the Council’s statutory responsibilities for Public Health.




5.           Work Plan (17:49)


Members considered and confirmed the draft work plan for the municipal year 2023-2024.


Resolved: That the members confirm and accept the committee’s draft work plan for the municipal year 2023-2024.


Reason: To ensure the Committee maintains a programme of work for the municipal year 2023-2024.








Cllr Douglas, Chair

[The meeting started at 5.30 pm and finished at 5.53 pm].




























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