Agenda and minutes

Adult Social Care and Communities Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday 9 November 2021 10.00 am

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To note any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for the meeting were received from Cllr Pam Tracey, (substituted by Cllr Susan Williams), and Cllr Suzanne Williams, (no substitution).

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made at the meeting.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 7 September 2021 (attached).

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 7 September 2021 were confirmed and agreed as a correct record of that meeting.

4.

Prevention and Early Intervention in collaboration with the Voluntary and Community Sector pdf icon PDF 147 KB

A report on the council’s collaboration work with voluntary sector organisations and local communities.

Minutes:

Di Billingham, (Lead Commissioner - Adult Early Intervention), and Louise Holder, (Strategic Lead - Adult Social Care Transformation), briefed members on the council’s prevention and early intervention work in collaboration with the voluntary and community sector (VCS).

 

Key messages highlighted by the report included: -

 

a)    The importance and value of the voluntary and community sector to Gloucestershire’s care and support market;

b)    The benefits of establishing strong relationships, creating  trust and developing mutual understanding on the success of the council’s prevention work;

c)    The notable links between people choosing to live independently in their own homes and the need to provide vibrant and varied community offers;

d)    Recognition of community and placed based activities as essential components to the delivery of the Adult Single Programme objective of enabling people to live independent lives;

e)    The value and importance of working collaboratively in order to strengthen the councils connections and invest in areas where gaps might exist or when experiencing increased demand; 

f)     Confirmation that the Adult Single Programme makes a direct contribution of over £800k per annum to support voluntary and community sector services; 

g)    Working with the voluntary and community sector fulfils the requirements of the council’s Care Act duties.

 

The Gloucestershire County Council’s model of social care, known as the ‘Three Tier Conversation’ model, develops people’s strengths, (and those of their families and local communities), to enable them to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. The foundation of the Three Tier model is Tier 1, directing information, advice and guidance to provide local support to those needing help. It was explained that the voluntary and community sector was uniquely positioned to support this approach, developing a much greater knowledge and understanding of a persons situation in order to prevent their escalating needs and ensure early intervention before a person reaches crisis point.

 

In July 2017, the Gloucestershire Adult Social Care (ASC) Team carried out a survey involving social care practitioners, the VCS, and other individuals. The survey established that, essentially, people valued spending time with their friends and families and doing the things they most enjoyed. This, however, could be impaired due to individuals and practitioners not always being aware of what was offered by local communities. 

 

During 2018, Adult Social Care hosted a series of workshops across Gloucestershire, setting out the challenges to social care and outlining a new approach to how the care system might operate, known as the 3 Tier Conversation Model.

 

Feedback obtained via the community wellbeing survey and from the locality based workshops identified the need to:-

 

a)    Establish a cross sector network allowing practitioners, VCS and community groups to better understand one another, share intelligence and work together to address gaps and barriers;

b)    Create an information portal from which to provide updated health and care and community information, (for use by practitioners, the VCS, families and individuals);

c)    Seek small grants from which to invest in local activities/address gaps or meet increased demand

 

Members noted the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Chief Fire Officer Report pdf icon PDF 98 KB

An update on matters relating to the delivery of services within the portfolio of services delivered by the Chief Fire Officer, (Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service), and included within the remit of the Gloucestershire County Council Adult Social Care and Communities Scrutiny Committee, (Trading Standards, Civil Protection and Coroners Services).

Minutes:

The committee received an in-depth update on matters relating to the delivery of services within the portfolio of services delivered by the Chief Fire Officer, (Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service), and within the remit of the Gloucestershire County Council Adult Social Care and Communities Scrutiny Committee, (Trading Standards, Civil Protection and Coroners Services).

 

The committee noted the escalation of bogus calls that had significantly impacted on the county during the pandemic and requested details of any packages available to the public provided by some phone providers in order to control and prevent the number of calls.

 

It was suggested the Civil Protection Team (CPT) be invited to give a briefing to the Restoring Our Rivers Scrutiny Task Group on flood planning arrangements. (The CPT provide emergency management support to 5 district councils and have supported the districts in revising flood plans in compliance with revised DEFRA standards). 

 

It was also suggested the Trading Standards Team be invited to brief the committee on the nature and aspects of its work.

 

The report was noted.

6.

Public Health Report pdf icon PDF 126 KB

An update from the Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health, (Gloucestershire County Council), on matters relating to public health, including an update on the response to the COVID-19 Emergency.

 

A Covid-19 intelligence summary update will be circulated prior to the meeting to provide members with the latest data and information.

Minutes:

The committee received an update from the Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health, (Gloucestershire County Council), on matters relating to public health, including an update on the response to the COVID-19 Emergency. Included in the update was an overview of  the most recent Covid-19 intelligence summary update circulated prior to the meeting.

 

A representative of the Vaccine Equity Group to be invited to the next meeting (25 January 2022) to report to the committee.

 

The committee requested a briefing on the Child Measurement Programme including actions taken in response to the below national average (weight management) targets of Year 6 pupils in Gloucestershire and the work/achievements of the current Drug/Alcohol Contract.

 

The report was noted.

7.

Adult Social Care Report pdf icon PDF 123 KB

An update from the Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health, (Gloucestershire County Council), on matters relating to adult social care, including an update on the response to the COVID-19 Emergency.

8.

Quarter 2 (2021/22) Performance Report pdf icon PDF 721 KB

To consider performance data in relation to the delivery of services within the remit and context of this committee.

 

Members are invited to consider the information and submit any questions to jo.moore@gloucestershire.gov.uk prior to the meeting.

9.

Work Plan pdf icon PDF 60 KB

To note the dates of future meetings and suggest items to add to the committee work plan.

 

25 January 2022

8 March 2022 (a joint meeting with the Gloucestershire Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee to review the NHS Winter Plan).

10 May 2022

5 July 2022

6 September

15 November 2022