Agenda and minutes

Health Scrutiny Committee - Thursday 6 July 2023 2.00 pm

Venue: Fourth Floor, Addenbrooke House, Ironmasters Way, Telford, TF3 4NT

Contact: Sam Yarnall  01952 382193

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Declarations of Interest




Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 284 KB


RESOLVED – that the minutes of the meeting held on 1 March 2023 be confirmed and signed by the Chair. 


Terms of Reference 2023-2024 pdf icon PDF 152 KB

To approve the Committee’s Terms of Reference for the municipal year 2023-24.

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Members received the Terms of Reference for the Committee, there had been

no changes from previous years.


RESOLVED – that the Terms of Reference, as set out in Appendix A of

the report, be approved.


Health Scrutiny Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 154 KB

To approve the Committee’s Work Programme for the municipal year 2023-24.


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The Senior Democracy Officer (Scrutiny) presented the work programme for 2023/24. The work programme included standing items and new suggestions which had been received during consultation. Members discussed and noted that there should be a review on Hospital Discharge and Intermediate Care.


It was discussed that the Committee should receive a regular update from the Joint Health and Overview Scrutiny Committee and the Health and Wellbeing Board.


RESOLVED - that the Health Scrutiny Work Programme, as set out in Appendix A of the report, be approved.



Interim Report - Primary Care Access

To receive the Interim Report from the Primary Care Access working group.


The Senior Democracy Officer (Scrutiny) presented the recommendations from the interim report of the Access to Primary Care working group. The working group had taken place in the previous municipal year. Recommendations from the report were summarised and that next steps outlined. 


Following the presentation members asked the following questions:


What work was being completed to ensure that Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) adhered to the same standards?


The Executive Director: Director of Delivery and Transformation, NHS Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, said that a review of PPGs was currently underway. The Executive Director welcomed the recommendation regarding the Code Of Conduct for PPGs and suggested it be included in the pack provided for PPGs. 


Did all practices have a PPG?


The Associate Director: Primary Care, NHS Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, agreed that it was a requirement for all practices to have one, however, acknowledged that some did not currently have an operational PPG.


A discussion took place regarding the funding of primary care.


This was not just a concern for Primary Care, funding was a concern across the whole health system, with ongoing work to secure additional funding.


With more housing development, could Section 106 funding be secured for health services?


The Executive Director: Director of Transformation and Deliver, NHS Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, noted that S106 and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding had been difficult for health systems to access. Members requested that further information be provided on this area. 



How could the Council support with public engagement?


The Director: Health & Wellbeing, Telford & Wrekin Council, said that further communications work from the communications team at the Council could be done along with resident consultation work to look at the public’s perspective of Primary Care in the Borough.


The Service Delivery Manager: Hospital and Discharge and Better Care Fund Lead, Telford & Wrekin Council, also commented that work could be done to clearly demonstrate how all parts of the system operated to the public.


Dr Chan, TELDOC, stated that online reviews for practices across the country showed an indicator of affluence, with practices located in more deprived areas showing a lower rating than a practice in a more affluent area. Work was being undertaken to understand this trend further.


Was best practice reviewed and implemented?


Across the country, Primary Care was facing similar issues. Best practice was regularly reviewed and implemented where appropriate but it was noted that each practice had a different demographic and not every scheme would work in every practice.


Could penalties be used when patients miss appointments?


Imposing penalties would be difficult, due to the various reasons for missing appointments, it was also noted that more vulnerable residents may miss appointments but be unable to afford a fine.


A discussion took place regarding the upcoming changes where pharmacists would be prescribers.


The difficulties and concerns with this were discussed and it was noted that GP practices relied heavily on income from vaccinations to support services.


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Chair's Update


Members received an update on the work of the Joint Health & Overview Scrutiny Committee. Members discussed the proposed modular wards at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.


The Healthwatch Annual Report was circulated to members in advance of the meeting. Members were requested to send any comments directly to Healthwatch.


The next scheduled committee meeting was scheduled for 3 October 2023.