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Items
No. Item

1.

Public Question Time

A period of up to 30 minutes for public questions on matters relevant to the Committee’s remit which are not related to items featuring on the agenda.  Advance notice of questions is preferred but not essential.

Minutes:

There were no public questions on items which were not on the agenda

2.

Apologies for Absence and Attendance of Substitute Members

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor Munir Ravalia and from GP advisory member, Dr Naz Jivani.

3.

Declarations of interest

Members are invited to declare any pecuniary interests and any non-pecuniary interests (personal interests) relevant to items on the agenda.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

4.

Petitions

Minutes:

No petitions were submitted.

5.

Minutes

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 March 2019 (to be circulated).

Decision:

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 21 March 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.

Minutes:

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 21 March 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.

6.

Local Health and Care Plan pdf icon PDF 78 KB

To endorse the Draft Local Health and Care Plan, proposed actions and anticipated impact for prioritising over the next 2 years (2019-2021); to note the next  steps in the development and production of the Local Health and Care Plan and to comment on the Plan, with a focus on actions and proposed impacts.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved that -

 

1.            the comments of the Committee, having reviewed the latest draft discussion document of the Health and Care Plan (which has been developed as a ‘system wide’ Plan with the Council’s partners) on proposed actions and impact of the Plan are noted;

2.            the Draft Local Health and Care Plan (attached on the electronic agenda pack at Annex 1 to the report), and the proposed activities contained within it which are within the legal powers of the Council, are endorsed; and

3.            the Director of Public Health (and officers authorised by the Director) are authorised (in consultation with the Co-Chairs of the Committee, the Portfolio holder for Partnerships and the Opposition Spokespersons for Adults and Children’s service) to make any final changes to the draft Plan in response to comments received during the consultation.

 

 

Minutes:

A local Health and Care Plan describes the local vision, priorities, and actions to meet the health and care needs of the local population and deliver improvements in the health and well-being of local people.  The Committee considered the draft Local Health and Care Plan for Kingston, with proposed actions to be prioritised over the next two years (2019-2021) and their anticipated impact.  The strategy will be an overarching programme, which should be read alongside other plans, to provide a strategic vision for Kingston residents.

The Committee was asked to note the next steps in the development and production of the local Health and Care Plan and to comment on the plan with a focus on actions and proposed impacts.

The development of the Health and Care Plan follows months of collaborative working across the health and care systems in the boroughs and engagement with local people.  A key issue fed back from the engagement events was how the Plan would be implemented, and, in particular how unpaid carers would be supported.  The formal public consultation was completed on 31 May 2019 and the feedback from the consultation and engagement, together with the comments from the CACE Committee, would be considered by Kingston and Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group and the Plan would be amended accordingly.  The final local Health and Care Plan would be published at the end of July 2019.

The Plan’s proposed priorities (about which more information was set out in Annexes 1-5 of the report) are: 

- Start Well: (i) Maximise the mental wellbeing and resilience of children and young people (ii) Improve the health of children and young people with a focus on tackling childhood obesity (iii) Give children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities the opportunities to flourish and be independent

- Live Well: (i) Support people to have good physical and mental health and prevent ill health (ii) Support people to manage long-term conditions (iii) Reduce health inequalities for people with poor health

- Age Well: (i) Maximise people’s independence and resilience to enable them to live well at home where that is their choice (ii) Reduce loneliness and isolation for everyone particularly older people and their carers  (iii) Enable people to live the last years of their life well and end well

- Prevention: (i) Create environments and enable communities and individuals to lead healthy lives and be confident in their ability to care for themselves and others  (ii) Act on the wider determinants of health to improve people’s lives

- Carers: (i) Improve support to unpaid carers (ii) Recognise and value carers, support them in their caring role and enable them to have a life outside of caring

A key vehicle for delivery of the Plan is Kingston Co-ordinated Care, an alliance of partner organisations across health and care, who have been working to implement a model of care across the borough which places a greater emphasis on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Kingston Education Commission pdf icon PDF 122 KB

To consider the outcome of the Education Commission’s review into the provision of Education Services in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved that -

 

1.            the report of the Education Commission attached at Annex 2 of the report is noted and considered;

2.            the recommendations set out in the Education Commission report, and the Action Plan which addresses its recommendations (Annex 3 to the Committee report), are accepted;

3.            a report with an update on the progress on the Action Plan will be submitted to the Committee’s meeting on 12 November 2019.

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Interim Director of Children’s Services on the outcome of the Kingston Education Commission’s review into the provision of Education Services in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.  

The delivery of Children’s Services in the Royal Borough is, in its entirety, (encompassing the provision of education services and of social care services) undertaken by way of contract, on the Council’s behalf, by a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee - ‘Achieving for Children’ (“AfC”).  The joint owners of AfC are RBK (40%), the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (40%) and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (20%).  A key objective of the Commission was to ensure there is clarity about the roles, responsibilities and accountability in this arrangement.

The Commission, which was established in 2018, was chaired by Mr Tony McArdle (former Chief Executive of Lincolnshire County Council 2005 - 2018) to undertake an independent review of the financial and service challenges surrounding the delivery of provision in Kingston for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  Annex 1 of the Director’s report sets out further information on the methodology and timetable of the work of the Education Commission.

The Commission’s own report was attached as Annex 2of the Director’s report.  Mr McArdle attended the Committee meeting to present to the Committee a summary of key findings in that report.  These findings (abridged) are listed in paragraph 24 of the report and the Commission’s recommendations (abridged) are listed in paragraph 25 of the report.  The main area of concern is in respect of the significant and continued overspend on SEND provision for which the performance and outcomes in some areas have been poor.  

The key themes behind the Commission recommendations relate to:

  • the contract between the Council and AfC: including governance, contract monitoring and outcomes.
  • clarity over the roles and responsibilities of the Council, CCG, AfC and schools in the commissioning and delivery of SEND services.
  • the relationships between the Council, CCG and AfC with parents and carers of children and young people with SEND.
  • consistency and effectiveness of annual reviews of EHCPs (Education, Health and Care Plans) and personal education plans, including how they contribute to an effective transition to adulthood.
  • the Local SEND offer: capacity, quality and information.
  • policy and practice: consistency across the system, and effective recording.

·         the influence of the Schools Forum in a whole systems approach to addressing SEND

SEND provision is largely funded through a discrete element (the High Needs Block) of the Dedicated School Grant (DSG), a fund provided by the Department for Education (DfE). Whilst expenditure on Children’s Services in Kingston has generally been in line with expectations, there has been a growing overspend within the ‘High Needs Block’ of the DSG since 2013/14.  Largely as a consequence of this pressure in the High Needs Block, the fund fell into a cumulative deficit position in 2015/16.  As at the end of 2017/18, this cumulative  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Appointment to Armed Forces Community Covenant Working Group pdf icon PDF 191 KB

To appoint Members to the Armed Forces Community Covenant Working Group for the 2019/20 Municipal Year.

Decision:

 

Resolved that Councillors Margaret Thomas and Maria Netley are appointed to the Armed Forces Community Covenant Working Group for 2019/20.

 

Minutes:

Internal Working Groups are not decision-making bodies but provide a mechanism for officers to work with Members on developing policy and practice. Appointments to Member Officer working groups are made by the relevant strategic committee at the beginning of each municipal year.

 

The Armed Forces Community Covenant Working Group aims to find ways in which the Council can recognise the contribution of the Armed Forces community.  Two Members were required to be appointed to the Working Group for the 2019/20 municipal year.

 

Resolved that Councillors Margaret Thompson and Maria Netley are appointed to the Armed Forces Community Covenant Working Group for 2019/20.

 

Voting – unanimous

 

9.

Urgent Items authorised by the Chair

Minutes:

There were no urgent business items authorised by the Chair.