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No. Item


Welcome by Chairman, Councillor Ian Hudspeth


The Chairman welcomed all to the meeting.


Apologies for Absence and Temporary Appointments


Jo Cogswell attended for Louise Patten, Dominic Hardisty for Stuart Bell and apologies were received from Dr Bruno Holthof, David Radbourne and Councillor Lawrie Stratford.


Declarations of Interest - see guidance note opposite


There were no declarations of interest submitted.


Petitions and Public Address


There were no requests to present a petition or to address the Board.


Notes of Decisions of Last Meetings pdf icon PDF 321 KB

To approve the Note of Decisions of the meetings held on 15 November 2018 and 29 January 2019 (HWB5) and to receive information arising from them.

Additional documents:


The Note of Decisions for the meetings held on 15 November 2018 and 29 January 2019 were approved and signed. There were no matters arising.


The Work of the Board


Draft Joint HWB Strategy 2019-2023 and Performance Framework pdf icon PDF 59 KB


20 minutes


To approve the draft Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy for implementation, note the views of stakeholders and agree the performance framework (HWB6).


The full report on engagement activity will follow for information.


The Board is RECOMMENDED to:


(a)  review the proposed performance framework and suggest any changes or additions to enable the Board to monitor the delivery of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy;

(b)  note the themes and comments in the reports on engagement activity and consider what changes to make to the draft Joint HWB Strategy or other actions to implement in the light of these comments; and

(c)  task officers to complete the suggested revisions to the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the performance framework and to publish the final version.



Additional documents:


Members of the Board had before them for approval the draft Health & Wellbeing Strategy for 2019-2023 and Performance Framework (HWB6). The Board was also asked to note the views of stakeholders and to agree the Performance Framework.


Kate Terroni introduced the draft Strategy pointing out the positive, but challenging feedback received from the public which included a request from the public for involvement in its implementation. (Please note, the full report on engagement activity was published immediately following this meeting).


Comments, questions and responses received from members of the Board included the following:


-       Professor Smith reiterated his wish for a strategic, long term vision in the form of a rolling five - year plan, together with an action log to report back outcomes. The Chairman responded that this could be considered at a future Board workshop, though the nature of local government funding did not hold long-term certainty or a vision; and


-       Councillor Louise Upton commented on the importance in every day activity for children in order to give them a good start in life, and the need for this to be stronger within the Strategy (to be added to 1.5/1.6 – reducing obesity). Councillor McHugh reported that Active Oxfordshire had released a report on the levels on inactivity which he agreed to circulate to the Board.


The Board AGREED to:


(a)  note the themes and comments in the report on engagement activity; and

(b)  approve the Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy 2019 – 2023 and Performance Framework for publication, subject to the amendment above suggested by Councillor Louise Upton.



Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) - Annual Report for 2019 pdf icon PDF 724 KB


15 minutes


To note the content of the JSNA report and the implications for future work (HWB7).

Additional documents:


The Board was asked to note the content of the JSNA annual report and its implications for future work (HWB7).


Val Messenger introduced the report acknowledging the hard work of the OCC officers, Margaret Melling, Sue Lygo and Philippa Dent, and the many organisations who had contributed to the data and commentary. She added that the JSNA required true collaboration with many organisations which served to unite them in their understanding of the values which underpinned the Health & Wellbeing Strategy.  It also reinforced and tackled the priorities of the Strategy such as prevention, unemployment, education, air quality, whilst also contributing to reducing health inequalities in Oxfordshire.


Comments and responses received were as follows:


-       Councillor Louise Upton highlighted to the Board the stark fact that healthy eating was less affordable for low income families (Chapter 4: Wider Determinants, page 92); and


-       Professor Smith commented on his concerns about the limited research into certain trends in population growth which were often not included in demographic trends;


-       Councillor McHugh reported that the CCG had produced a document for a recent stakeholders’ workshop depicting the likely growth in the birth rate;


-        Val Messenger also pointed out that there were experts working on figures produced by the Office for national Statistics and Local Plans and reporting the best available projections.


The Board AGREED to note the content of the report and its implications for future work.


Older People Strategy - A Joint Strategy for the Future pdf icon PDF 226 KB


10 Minutes


To approve the Strategy for implementation, note the views of stakeholders and agree the proposals for implementation (HWB8).


The Board is RECOMMENDED to approve the proposed approach in relation to:


(a)  the scope of the Strategy and the questions it must address;

(b)  the developmental approach; and

(c)  the role of external support in delivering this Strategy.

Additional documents:


The Board was asked to approve the proposed approach of the draft Older People Strategy, its scope, the developmental approach and the role of external support in its delivery (HWB8).


Kate Terroni introduced the proposed Strategy reporting that it had been launched subject to formal consultation with the public about its vision and priorities.  She added that some people who responded to the consultation had wanted to know about funding for services and how it would be measured, which would be via the implementation plan, with measurable outcomes.


The Board AGREED to approve the proposed approach of the draft Older People Strategy.



NHS Long Term Plan pdf icon PDF 101 KB


10 Minutes


The Board is asked to note the content of the NHS Long Term Plan report and its implications for the work of the Board (HWB9).


Members of the Board considered a report which summarised the key points of the NHS Long Term Plan and its implications for the work of the Board (HWB9).


Dr Collison introduced the report making reference to the term ‘stretched NHS’ used within the Plan, which synchronised very well with how the Board had developed recently with its prioritisation of integration, prevention and tackling health inequalities. Comments from other Board members were as follows:


-       Jo Cogswell commented on the emphasis in ensuring the different parts of the NHS worked seamlessly together.  She agreed with Dr Collison that this Board was now in a very strong position to initiate this, and the content of its work to date had resonated with the Plan;


-       The Chairman stated his view that this was a good long - term plan in that it was primarily concerned with how all organisations worked together as a system. As yet, the Green Paper on Social Care, which had been promised last year, had yet to emerge and the Green Paper on Prevention, due out in the summer of this year could well be delayed. He added that the Plan was a good opportunity to implement care systems the way Oxfordshire wanted it to be done. He expressed a hope that the Plan would be accompanied by the appropriate funding;


-       Councillor McHugh commented that there were many mentions of improved GP provision and digital initiatives, but no mention of improvements from the point of view of patients and nursing care in the community;


-       Professor Smith warmly welcomed the development of primary care networks, stating also that virtual care would be a large step forward for diagnostics and for the care home/ nursing care home sectors. It would also ease the pressure on acute care. He advocated the strengthening of the domiciliary nursing workforce to create teams of nursing professionals and care staff to help the more fragile patients to remain in their own home for longer;


-       Val Messenger welcomed the strong prevention theme throughout, since it had only been on the periphery before, and agreed that the Plan would be an enabler to the Board’s goals. She also welcomed the proposed investment in mental health as a very positive move;


-       Councillor Louise Upton commented that there was a need to work towards recruitment and training of staff before any plans could be brought to fruition, perhaps via Government funding. The Chairman responded that the Growth Board was working on the creation of more affordable houses for staff;


-       Professor Smith commented that more could be done to assist people to live in their own homes for longer, suggesting that there was scope for more dialogue with the district councils – for example, to build homes with stronger ceiling joists to withstand hoists so that people could remain at home to be cared for. Kate Terroni added that the newly appointed Joint Housing Officer, Gillian Douglas, was finalising her work plan and would be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.


Care Quality Commission (CQC) Action Plan - Update pdf icon PDF 259 KB


5 Minutes


This paper (HWB10) provides the Board with an update on recent progress and next steps following receipt of the CQC Progress Report in January 2019.


The Board had before them an update on recent progress and the next steps following receipt of the CQC Progress Report in January 2019 (HWB10). Dominic Hardisty (Oxford Health), Karen Fuller and Benedict Leigh (OCC) attended to present the report (HWB10) and to respond to questions.


Benedict Leigh reported that that officers were pleased with the progress report, saying that there was evidence of improved relationships and, at the same time, some need to work on the unfinished actions such as support for self - funders and on a comprehensive plan to support carers. This work was ongoing and would be reported to the Board on a regular basis.


Karen Fuller added that the CQC inspectors had given system leaders the commitment and drive to take forward joint working, which was instrumental in achieving some of the Action Plan.


Dominic Hardisty pointed out that the work of the new Director of the Winter Planning Team was worthy of note, which was one example of good organisational and delivery of care for both patients and residents. An outcome of this was good, seamless support for service users and patients.


Benedict Leigh confirmed that a plan was in place to deliver all actions by the end of the defined period.


The Board AGREED to note the report.




Prevention Framework - update


10 Minutes


To receive a verbal update on progress in developing a Prevention Framework for all partners.


Dr Collison gave a verbal update on the progress made in the development of a Prevention Framework. She stated that this was cross-cutting work with Public Health, to look at preventable causes of premature death from disease such as cardio-vascular and strokes. The Framework looked at key factors such as smoking, diet, alcohol and inactivity and started to identify the groups of people at greater risk of disease or early death. Moreover, this was not entirely about individual efforts to tackle the problem, it was about what each organisation could provide to tackle the priority issues together. Examples included the creation of cycle paths in local environments to promote active travel and what the NHS could provide to encourage people to stop smoking or to reduce their blood pressure. She reported that this would be very much a working document to which views were invited on how to shape it, how to make it more meaningful and how to go wider in order to gain greater input.


She concluded that there would be further updates on progress and system leaders would be contacted for their views on how to take it forward.


Professor Smith suggested that there could were certain initiatives and practical solutions which could be implemented at a local level. For example, the prohibitive costs of podiatry services could be subsidised to encourage older people to become more active. Also, local shops could be encouraged to provide chairs for older people to rest in.


Dr Collison was thanked for her report.


Workforce - Report from the Workforce Group pdf icon PDF 280 KB


15 Minutes


To note the update from the Workforce Group and to discuss its implications (HWB12).


The Board is RECOMMENDED to note the range of work that is taking place and the progress made through working in partnership on key workforce issues.


The Board noted a report describing the range of work that the Workforce Group was undertaking and progress made through working in partnership on key workforce issues (HWB12).


Dominic Hardisty listed the key priorities for action, as contained in the report, asking the Board to note the approach being taken. He paid tribute to the very hard work undertaken by the provider organisations in what was a very changing context.


In response to a question from the Board about the bid to introduce Oxfordshire weighting to assist with recruitment and retention, Dominic Hardisty explained that there was a set national formula in place. However, multi agencies in the Thames Valley and Cambridgeshire regions were keen for change s to be made, in line with London weighting. He added that Trade Unions were also working to support that approach. There was, however, challenge to this from the rest of the country.


Mr Hardisty was also asked if all national and provincial partnerships were working together on common challenges and to champion opportunities. He responded that all was being done to grow multi-agency turn out to challenge, though some aspects of it were beyond the control of the system.


A question was asked about what was being done to provide a career pathway for such people as nurses who may want more career development or the flexibility to return after leaving the role. Jo Cogswell responded that one of the ambitions of OUH was how we, as a system, involved educational institutions, the communities and providers to build a caring and career development pathway between organisations. She added that the system was seeing a shift towards people who entered a registered pathway in an unregistered environment and underwent training in order to step into a registered pathway. There was also support for people to follow a career pathway to become care- registered managers in social care, and also to move between organisations.


A Board member referred to the 22,000 extra staff required nationally within the NHS and Social Care and asked, from a local perspective, given the high cost of living in the Oxfordshire area, how they could be attracted into the service. Benedict Leigh responded that Oxfordshire was running very hard to stand still, notwithstanding that it was a good place to work in and had many opportunities incumbent in it. However, there was a need for more and better affordable housing in order to attract more people. The Chairman, in his capacity as a member of the Growth Board, stated that funding to the amount of £911m had been made available for Oxfordshire to assist in the delivery of homes and community links.


The Board AGREED to note the range of work that was taking place and the progress made through working in partnership on key workforce issues.





The Oxfordshire Health & Wellbeing Board Stakeholder Network Proposal pdf icon PDF 73 KB


15 Minutes


To discuss the role and forward plan for this Group (HWB13).


Rosalind Pearce, Chief Executive Officer, Healthwatch Oxfordshire (HWO) introduced her report (HWB13) which presented proposals for the formation of the Board’s Stakeholder Network Group. She asked for views from Board members.


The Chairman asked how it would engage with the greatest number of people and achieve wider representation of its themes. Ros Pearce responded that it would be crucial not to replicate what was taking place elsewhere – the idea was to build on it and to build a network rather than convene a group.


Yvonne liked and applauded the ambition behind the proposed approach and questioned how resource intensive it was likely to be. Rosalind Pearce responded that its concept was that it was on all partners to work together to make it happen.


Mixed views were expressed by the Board, including the following:


-       There were already networks/organisations/groups who could be part of the network, rather than starting from the beginning. Good examples were the Cherwell Partnership Network, Health Abingdon;


-       If running themed events, there was a need to spend time in hearing from people whom we do not usually engage with;


-       A conversation was needed with the district councils and the City Council to discuss how this could develop;


-       HWO was a prime mover and part of the system. If it was done well then HWO could be approached to run particular consultations. Money could be spent in a better way – but it should not be new money.


The Board AGREED to thank Rosalind Pearce for the report.


Oxfordshire Healthwatch Report pdf icon PDF 111 KB


10 Minutes


To receive the regular update from Oxfordshire Healthwatch. There will also be a short video presented of work undertaken by East Oxford Utd FC (HWB14).


The Board again welcomed Rosalind Pearce to the table to present the regular update report from HWO (HWB14).


She began by showing a video featuring men from East Oxford United Football Club speaking about men’s health. The aim of their work with their members was to raise awareness of NHS health checks. A questionnaire was also utilised to gather views. She added that this was a different and valuable means of reporting any barriers to receiving views from hard to reach groups on important issues.


Val Messenger thanked Rosalind for the video and also for the manner in which HWO had engaged with Public Health in such a helpful way. Dr Collison also informed the Board that Rosalind had spoken at the Health Improvement Board, who were keen to consider how else the information gleaned on health checks could be used.


The Board AGREED to thank Rosalind Pearce for the report and for the video.


Oxfordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements for Children pdf icon PDF 380 KB


15 Minutes


To receive information on new arrangements in accordance with ‘Working Together 2018’. This will be presented by Richard Simpson, Independent Chair of the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board (OSCB) (HWB15).


This document is to be presented for approval by Oxfordshire County Council and then to the three safeguarding leads (ie.  Chief Executive Officers of Oxfordshire County Council, of the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and of Thames Valley Police) for publication later in April.


Richard Simpson, Independent Chair of the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board, presented a report (HWB15) in accordance with ‘Working Together 2018’ which was a new arrangement for multi-agency safeguarding arrangements for children.


Following approval by Oxfordshire County Council, the document was to be presented to the three safeguarding leads, who are the chief executive officers of OCC, the OCCG and Thames Valley Police, prior to publication later in April. He paid tribute to Tan Lea for the report presented which gave proposals which were proportionate and also compliant with the Board’s new way of working together.


Yvonne Rees stated that the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Board was a well functioning body which had shown itself to be both pragmatic, sensible and workable and which met the guidelines for working with other agencies.


In response to a question asking if the remit of the changes covered children receiving home education, Richard Simpson stated that the education system was very focused on encouraging school attendance, particularly in the event that home education was masking problems at home.


The Board AGREED to thank the Board and its Chairman, Richard Simpson, for the work that it was doing.


Reports from Partnership Boards pdf icon PDF 112 KB


10 Minutes


To receive updates from the Children’s Trust, the Health Improvement Partnership Board, the Joint Management Groups and the Integration Strategic Delivery Board (HWB16).

Additional documents:


The Board received updates from the Board’s sub groups ie the Children’s Trust (CT), the Oxfordshire Health Improvement Partnership Board (HIB), the Joint Management Groups for Adults and the Integrated Strategic Delivery Board (ISDB)(HWB16).


In relation to the ISDB update, Kate Terroni, in response to a question regarding public transparency, spoke of the lengthy discussion at the Oxfordshire Joint Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) on this subject. She also mentioned that ISDB now routinely published reports of their work. She hoped that this had helped to allay any concerns.


Jo Cogswell expressed her hope that the ISDB would drive forward its programme in the most integrated way possible, adding also her hope that the strategy/actions/deliverables would be brought to the next meeting of this Board to include:


-       Planned/unplanned care – integrated working

-       Integration of prime/community services

-       Some aspects of enablers for care such as digital technology.


Professor Smith asked if there was a pot of money for use to trial/pilot medical technology. Jo Cogswell responded that it was important to drive it forward for health and social care first. There was, however, an awareness of other projects and thought would be given to how Oxfordshire could partner with their principles and practices.


Councillor Andrew McHugh highlighted the fact that HIB had looked at tobacco as part of the safer Oxfordshire partnership and how to deliver it. The Board was also keeping the delivery of the Domestic Violence Strategy under surveillance.


The Board AGREED to receive the updates.




Domestic Abuse Annual Report pdf icon PDF 188 KB


10 Minutes


To receive the Domestic Abuse Annual Report (HWB17).


Sarah Carter, Strategic Lead, Domestic Abuse, OCC, presented the Domestic Abuse Annual Report (HWB17). This included some information about ongoing work to understand the needs of people from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) communities.


Councillor Christine Gore enquired if training would be rolled out for elected members. Sarah Carter responded that it would be offered for everybody who might come into contact with a victim, in order to understand the signs of domestic abuse. She added that a half-day’s training would be made available to everybody and would be offered at different levels.


Sarah Carter was also asked how the Team would ensure good representation at the consultation events. She responded that all stakeholders would be invited including key workers working directly with domestic abuse. The experts, colleagues and current users would also take part. It was hoped that councillors would attend together with various organisations. A flyer would be sent out. She invited any ideas from the Board.


The Board AGREED to receive the report.


Dates, times and venues for future meetings and Kate Terroni

Please note the following dates, times and venues for future meetings (please note in particular the change of time for the September 2019 meeting to the morning):


Thursday 13 June 2019           (2pm – 5pm ) County Hall, Oxford

Thursday 26 September 2019 (10am – 1pm) Jubilee House, Oxford Business Park

Thursday 5 December 2019    (2pm – 5pm) County Hall, Oxford

Thursday 19 March 2020         (2pm – 5pm) Jubilee House, Oxford Business Park


Close of meeting – 4:30pm


The Board noted the following dates, times and venues for future meetings – in particular, it noted the change of time for the September meeting to the morning (in bold):


Thursday 13 June 2019 (2pm – 5pm) – County Hall

Thursday 26 September 2019 (10am – 1pm) – Jubilee House, Oxford Business Park

Thursday 5 December 2019 (2pm – 5pm) County Hall, Oxfordshire County Council

Thursday 19 March 2020 (2pm – 5pm) Jubilee House, Oxford Business Park


Kate Terroni


At this, her last meeting, partners joined to wish Kate Terroni all the very best in her new post at the Care Quality Commission and thanked her for all her valuable and hard work for the Board.