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Public Health Nursing Service

Meeting: 09/10/2019 - Cabinet (Item 8)

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To seek approval to extend the current Section 76 Agreement with Gloucestershire Care Services to continue providing the integrated Public Health Nursing Service for a further two years, plus a discretionary two years (April 2020 to March 2024).

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cllr Tim Harman, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, sought approval to extend the current Section 76 Agreement with Gloucestershire Care Services.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals, alternative options and reasons for recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and,

           

RESOLVED to:

 

Authorise the Director of Public Health, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, to extend the term of the current Public Health Nursing Service model arrangements for a further period of two years (to expire March 2022) with the option to extend such period for an additional period of two years (to expire March 2024).

 

 

 

Minutes:

The County Council is responsible for commissioning Public Health Nursing Services, (Health Visiting and School Nursing). As a condition of the Public Health Grant, the council’s Public Health Nursing Service is required to offer five mandated visits during a child’s early years and help deliver the Healthy Child Programme for families and children aged 0 to 19 years.

 

Cllr Tim Harman, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, sought approval to extend the term of the Council’s current Public Health Nursing Service arrangements for a further two years.

 

Cllr Harman recalled that in December 2016, Cabinet had agreed to remodel the existing health visiting and school nurse services into one integrated Public Health Nursing Service. (The remodelling to be phased in over a three year period concluding March 2020). During this period, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHSFT, (formerly Gloucestershire Care Services), had worked collaboratively with the Public Health Team to introduce a number of efficiency savings, make effective use of the staff skill mix and improve performance against mandatory visits, (currently at 80% and within timescale).

 

Cllr Harman explained that the Council’s Public Health Nursing Service was funded from the Public Health Grant via a Section 76 transfer of funding between the Council and the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group under the arrangements of the Collaborative Commissioning Agreement. He informed members that the council’s annual expenditure in connection with the provision of Public Health Nursing Services was £6.699 million. (This included an additional £200,000 to be invested in Public Health Nursing Services in respect of children’s safeguarding during 2019/20).

 

Accordingly, Cllr Harman proposed that the projected sum to be transferred by the Council to the Clinical Commissioning Group for the four-year period from April 2020 to March 2024 equate to £26.795 million.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals, alternative options and reasons for recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and,

           

RESOLVED to:

 

Authorise the Director of Public Health, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, to extend the term of the current Public Health Nursing Service model arrangements for a further period of two years (to expire March 2022) with the option to extend such period for an additional period of two years (to expire March 2024).