A report from the NHS Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (ICB), known collectively as NHS Gloucestershire. The report to include updates from Integrated Care System (ICS) partners responsible for overseeing the day-to-day commissioning and provision of NHS services in Gloucestershire.
The report to be taken as read with an opportunity for members to ask questions.
The NHS Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board, (ICB), report was taken as read at the meeting. The report included updates from Integrated Care System (ICS) Partners with responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day commissioning and provision of NHS services in Gloucestershire.
The report confirmed that Deborah Lee would be standing down from her role as Chief Executive Officer of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust after seven years in post. Deborah will remain in post until March 2024.
A new Dental Strategy Group for the county had been created to support the planning and commissioning of primary, community and acute dental services from 1 April 2023. Membership includes Healthwatch Gloucestershire, two patient representatives, Gloucestershire Local Dental Committee (LDC), NHSE, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (GHC), Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHFT), the Southwest Dental Network, Gloucestershire County Council Public Health team and ICB staff.
The business case for a new Hucclecote Surgery has been approved. The new practice will be relocating into a purpose built facility for around 10,000 patients on a Gloucestershire County Council owned site at North Upton Lane, in Hucclecote, 0.4 miles from the existing surgery. The surgery will be part of a mixed development funded by the County Council and is planned to be opened in August 2025.
Further to the recent media coverage of reports relating to Wotton Lawn Hospital in May 2023, based on reports from patients and their families about incidents at the hospital, it was confirmed that, all of the reports had previously been investigated in accordance with national and local protocols, including allegations about staff behaviour.
Following the media coverage, the NHS Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (ICB) had convened a rapid quality review meeting under NHS England National Quality Board Guidance, where it had been agreed that there would begin a period of ‘enhanced surveillance’ to enable the ICB to receive additional regular reports and information about the hospital.
In addition, the ICB agreed to establish a task and finish group involving service users to explore how discharge communication can be improved, and a review of the advocacy service. This will be in addition to ongoing work already underway within Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, including regular quality audits and reporting, and the introduction of additional security measures within the hospital.
As announced by Committee Chair, Cllr Andrew Gravells, earlier in the meeting, Ingrid Barker had agreed to seek an alternative date for the Gloucestershire Health Care Annual Meeting with the committee to allow the meeting to be arranged as an in-person meeting at Wotton Lawn Hospital, (the focus of the meeting will be mental health services). Chief Executive, Douglas Blair and Senior Staff at the hospital will be invited to join the meeting to respond to member questions. Cllr Gravells requested that the date of the meeting is brought forward from 18 October 2023 to an earlier date in September. Members were asked to submit questions in advance of the meeting. Action by – Democratic Services
The report was noted.