Agenda and draft minutes

Health Scrutiny
Tuesday, 19th October, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Crompton Suite, Civic Centre, Oldham, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1NL. View directions

No. Item


Apologies For Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Ibrahim.


Declarations of Interest

To Receive Declarations of Interest in any Contract or matter to be discussed at the meeting.


There were no declarations of interest received.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 339 KB

The Minutes of the previous meeting held on 7th September 2021 are attached for approval.


RESOLVED - That the minutes of the meeting of the Health Scrutiny Committee held on 7th September 2021, as set out in the supplement to the agenda, be approved as a correct record.



Urgent Business

Urgent business, if any, introduced by the Chair


There was no urgent business received.


Public Question Time

To receive Questions from the Public, in accordance with the Council’s Constitution.


There were no public questions received.


National & Regional Updates pdf icon PDF 210 KB


The Committee gave consideration to a report of the CCG Accountable Officer and Strategic Director of Commissioning, Oldham Council which contained summaries of local and national policies, strategies, and relevant news to ensure the Committee remained up to date on the latest developments relevant to the Council.


An update was provided on the Greater Manchester Integrated Commissioning System (ICS), which would come into place on 1st April 2022. The ICS would include the creation of a statutory Integrated Care Partnership (ICP), which would be a joint committee, and an Integrated Care Board (ICB) (previously referred to as the ICS NHS body/board).


Members were reminded that in Greater Manchester, under the Devolution Agreement, we had been working as ‘more than an ICS’ for the last five years, with strong working partnerships between health and social care and the voluntary sector. The creation of a statutory Integrated Care Partnership and Integrated Care Board would formalise those arrangements. The new statutory nature of an ICS would enable building on the ambitious and groundbreaking ways of working over the last five years and evolution to deliver even better health and care for the people of Greater Manchester.


The GM ICS would operate on three levels to deliver a new five-year vision and plan:

·         Neighbourhood

·         Locality

·         Greater Manchester


The Committee was informed that a GM Statutory ICS Transition Programme had been established, led by a Board meeting fortnightly, to oversee the transition to the new ICS arrangements. The Board was made up of representatives from all organisations which would become part of the new NHS body, as well as NHS providers and local authorities. The intention was for the GM ICS, including localities to operate with shadow arrangements ahead of the statutory change on 1 April 2022.


The Oldham transitional arrangements would be overseen by a Governing Body which would oversee the two core work areas that would work in tandem with the GM approach:

·         HR and transfer of people

·         CCG closedown and transfer of data and statutory duties


Locality system developments would focus on:

·         Set-up of the new Oldham Health and Care System Board (including placebased responsibilities, shift of some commissioning oversight, and also oversight of strategic planning functions)

·         Development of a new provider ‘collaborative’

·         System finances and use of resources


In relation to the National Employment Committee, Members noted the majority of Oldham CCG would be covered by an employment commitment to continuity of terms and conditions. For those not covered by this commitment,

guidance had set out the support that they would receive during the HR process to be followed. There was an expectation that all CCG employees would ‘lift and shift’ into the GM ICS on 1 April 2022, with any remaining work to determine exact roles and structures continuing after that date.


The Committee noted the appointment of Amanda Doyle as the new Regional Director for the North West.


The Committee noted the guidance and publications recently issued.


Member asked for and received clarification on the following:-


What was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


Urology Services Across Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Salford pdf icon PDF 200 KB


Members gave consideration to a report of the Director of Commissioning and Operations which outlined the response to the significant service resilience issues and unwarranted variation in Urology services within Greater Manchester (GM). The GM Improving Specialist Care (ISC) programme had developed a GM-wide Model of Care (GM MoC), which had been endorsed by the GM Joint Commissioning Board (JCB).


The Committee was informed that the proposed pan-locality delivery model was fully aligned to the approved GM MOC and would support the delivery of a single urology service across Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Salford.


This delivery model, which was designed to deliver high quality and accessible services for patients, was essentially the establishment of a hub-and spoke model – connecting Salford Royal and Royal Oldham hospitals to locality-based spokes, with most care delivered through locality based Urology Investigation Units (UIs).


The report sought endorsement of the proposed delivery model.


Members were reminded that, as a result of the Pennine Acute Trust (PAT) transaction, in April 2021 responsibility for the provision of local urology services in Bury, Rochdale and Oldham passed to Salford Royal and would, on completion of the Transaction, formally transfer to the Northern Care Alliance (NCA).


The Committee was informed that the key features of the pan-locality model were:

·         A single comprehensive Benign Urology Service delivered across Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Salford.

·         Hub-and-spoke delivery model –

o   ROH and SRH as inpatient hubs and Rochdale Infirmary and Fairfield General Hospital as spokes.

o   Virtual corridors running from Bury to Salford and Rochdale to Oldham.

·         Single workforce within two integrated functional teams – NCA West & NCA East.

·         Bury, Rochdale and Oldham IP activity being aligned with the hub-and-spoke model whilst recognising that patients (and their GPs) would be free to choose their service provider.

·         Expansion and enhancement of clinic and diagnostic capacity at each site in the form of UIUs - increasing local access to urology services.

·         A full range of sub-speciality services (e.g. stone services, andrology etc.) would be offered, in line with the GM MOC.


The proposed delivery model was fully aligned to the approved GM MoC for benign urology and addressed the following drivers for change:

·         Risks to service sustainability, ability to meet performance requirements (exacerbated by COVID), and inequalities in access. Implementation of the first phases of the pan-locality delivery model would begin to address these issues.

·         Recommendations made in the national Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) report for Benign Urology, largely relating to the reduction of unwarranted variation in both access and outcomes, and the future development of the urological workforce. The pan-locality delivery model addressed those issues.

·         If a new delivery model was not implemented, there would be increased movements of patients between providers, impacting upon continuity of care.

·         MFT’s long term model saw no IP surgical activity being delivered at NMGH, reinforcing the need to establish a new model that delivered more care as close to home as possible.


Members were informed that the pan-locality model would deliver high quality care  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


Women and Disadvantage pdf icon PDF 180 KB

Additional documents:


The Committee gave consideration to a report of the Director of Public Health which outlined a number of issues which disadvantaged women in Oldham, focusing on women’s access to mental health services. The report drew on research undertaken with women experiencing poverty and mental health illness by Oxfam and Inspire Women in 2019/20, together with a brief summary of the emerging national picture in relation to mental health during and post-pandemic.


Members were informed that the Council, together with other partners in the Equality Advisory Group, had developed an Equality and Diversity Strategy which aimed to tackle inequalities across all ten of the protected characteristics defined under the Equality Act 2010. Evidence had shown that it was generally the least affluent communities and people on the lowest/fixed incomes who had been hit the hardest by the pandemic. Women, together with younger workers; disabled people; lone parents; people in low-paid employment and people of BAME heritage were included in this group. Often disadvantage was compounded as women were more likely to work part-time

or in lower paid employment and/or be a lone parent.


It was recognised that Covid had impacted hugely on mental health and wellbeing. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) had found that an estimated one in five adults experienced some form of depression during the coronavirus pandemic, which was double the pre-pandemic rates.


In Oldham feedback from TOG Mind and Positive Steps in 2020 indicated increased demand across all services, especially in relation to counselling services and the impacts of social isolation.


Domestic violence had escalated during the pandemic and more children had been taken into the care of the local authority, as financial and other pressure on families increased. In Oldham, this had been most obvious in relation to high-risk domestic abuse, reflected in the demand on the Independent Domestic Violence Adviser (IDVA) team.


The Domestic Abuse Partnership was leading on the refresh of the Domestic Abuse Strategy which, following a needs analysis, identified areas for development or improvement. There was much ongoing activity to ensure that women experiencing domestic violence received the support they needed.


Members noted that it was timely as the country emerged from the pandemic, that there was further exploration of the issues that placed women at a particular disadvantage in society, to better understand their nature and scale and, working across the system, take action to reduce and/or mitigate against the impacts of this disadvantage. The Leader had recently established a Women’s Taskforce to better understand and address the issues facing women in the borough. The Mayor had also identified her support for tackling women’s disadvantage, supporting Inspire Women along with other charities working to promote healthy living through the Mayor’s Charities Fund.


Phase 1 of the LIFT project had identified four challenges to economic empowerment, including mental health, where women reported that they found it difficult to access support, which then led to further escalation and additional impacts on their family life. In turn this created a vicious circle of worsening  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.


Health Scrutiny Work Programme 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 345 KB

For the Health Scrutiny Committee to review the Committee’s Work Programme for 2021/22.



The Committee received a report inviting consideration of the Committee’s Work programme for 2021/22 as at October 2021.


RESOLVED that the Health Scrutiny Work programme 2021/22 be noted.



Key Decision Document


The Board gave consideration to the latest Key Decision Document setting our decisions to be made from 1st October 2021


RESOLVED That the Key Decision Document be noted.