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Agenda item

Work Plan 2015-16

Members are asked to consider the Committee’s work plan for the municipal year 2015-16.


Consideration was given to the Committee’s work plan for the municipal year.


The Chair referred to an Internal Audit report which had been considered at a recent Audit and Governance Committee which included an audit opinion of Public Health which was for limited assurance. He said that Members might like to discuss this within the Public Health Grant Spending Scrutiny review and that he would like copies of such reports brought to Scrutiny Members, possibly by email.


The Interim Director of Public Health welcomed consideration of the Public Health internal audit report but felt that a cover report should be added to provide assurances around public health capacities and the impact of that going forward.


The Chair also requested that a full report from the Head of Safeguarding be received by the Committee in respect of the recent events at Glen Lodge. The Assistant Director of Adult Social Care questioned whether Members wanted just the Adult Safeguarding Board’s report on Glen Lodge itself or one on wider issues. He added that he would talk to the Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods for instance about pest control, and it was noted that Glen Lodge were flats not a Care Home.


Further discussion took place on additional items to be added to the workplan.


Councillor Barnes suggested an item on the devolution of Primary Care Commissioning, particularly given that the CCG had applied for full delegation of commissioning services and that someone from the Vale of York CCG and regional NHS England be invited to attend the meeting. He suggested that the report be added in for the January meeting, as the CCG would take on commissioning responsibility in the new financial year.


The Scrutiny Officer had received a request from the Healthy Child Service Project Board who had responsibility for School Nurses to provide an update report in January. In response to a question from a Member about the Committee’s review into Bootham Park Hospital, the Scrutiny Officer pointed out that a report written by the Chief Nurse would hopefully be written before Christmas, if not in January, and that a former Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council would assist in the review.


Councillor Barnes asked whether a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in regards to a review on Bootham Park Hospital had been agreed by all partners. The Scrutiny Officer stated that they would wait for the NHS England report to be released, as it was not known whether an MOU had already been agreed.


Resolved: (i) That the work plan be noted and the following amendments be made;


·     A report on the roll out of the reprocurement of the North Yorkshire community equipment and wheelchair services.

·        A report on the devolution of Primary Care Commissioning to Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group be added to January’s meeting.

·        An update report from the Healthy Child Service Board be received in January’s meeting.


               (ii) That a Public Health internal audit report be circulated to Members of the Committee.


Reason:       To ensure that the Committee has a planned programme of work in place.





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