Agenda and minutes

Policy Overview Committee
Tuesday 21 March 2017 7.00 pm

Venue: B12

Contact: Email: memberservices@dartford.gov.uk 

Items
Note No. Item

40.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors S H Brown, D Page, A Sandhu, MBE and R J Wells.

41.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interest from Members including the terms(s) of the Grant of Dispensation (if any) by the Audit Board or Managing Director.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of prejudicial or pecuniary interest.

 

However, Councillor M B Kelly asked that the fact that she is employed by Darent Valley Hospital be recorded, and Councillors T A Maddison and R M Currans also wished it to be recorded that they are members of their local GP Patient Participation Groups.

42.

Confirmation of the minutes of the Policy Overview meeting held on 13 December 2016 pdf icon PDF 116 KB

Minutes:

            RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Policy Overview Committee held on 13 December 2016 be confirmed.

43.

Urgent Items

The Chairman will announce his decision as to whether there are any urgent items and their position on the agenda.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

44.

To consider references from other Committees (if any)

Minutes:

There were no references from other Committees.

45.

Regulation 9 Notice pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To consider any issues arising from the Regulation 9 Notice for the period 15 February 2017 to 30 June 2017.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the contents of the Regulation 9 Notice, for the period 15 February 2017 to 30 June 2017, be noted.

SD (IS)

46.

Action Points Arising from the Policy Overview Committee Meeting held on 13 December 2016 pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To note the list of action points arising from the Policy Overview Committee meeting held on 13 December 2016.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This report asked Members to note the list of action points arising from the Policy Overview Committee meeting held on 13 December 2016.

 

The Chairman referred to the letter that had been received from NHS England and expressed disappointment at its failure to respond to the specific points that had been highlighted in the letter that he had sent on behalf of the Committee. He said that further consideration of the letter would take place during consideration of the health service related items on the agenda.

 

The Chairman drew Members’ attention to the Appendix which described the status of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, and the associated lack of detailed regulations, and asked that it be re-added as a provisional item for consideration at the Committee’s September 2017 meeting. Members also noted that the Government was consulting on a related White Paper and suggested that it might be useful if they were able to contribute towards the response being developed. The Strategic Director (External Services) advised that the Government had specified a timetable for responses and that the Council’s proposed submission had not been ready in time for consideration by the Policy Overview Committee, but would be put forward for consideration at the Cabinet Advisory Panel and Cabinet meetings in April. She also noted how the Government had already dropped some of their original proposals and said that the White Paper might be used to inform the Government’s thinking and influence how the Act’s associated regulations are drafted. During further discussion it was confirmed that Members may attend either Cabinet Advisory Panel meeting and speak with the Chairman’s permission if they have an interest in a particular item on the agenda, and that they were also able to submit their own independent response to the White Paper consultation if they so wished.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.         That the list of action points arising from the Committee meetings held on 13 December 2016 be noted.

 

2.         That consideration of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 be provisionally scheduled for September 2017.

SD (IS)

47.

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust and Dartford Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group pdf icon PDF 50 KB

To receive an update on the work of the Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed Susan Acott, Chief Executive Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust, and Mike Gilbert,Company Secretary & Assistant Accountable Officer for NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group (DGS CCG), to the meeting and advised that it had been decided to consider items 7, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, and 8, Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group, together because of the overlapping health related responsibilities of both organisations.

 

Mr Gilbert then gave a presentation and began by giving an overview of what he described as a very challenging year with a number of notable successes. He then referred to the financial challenges that were being faced and the impact that population growth in Dartford and Gravesham was having. He also noted how developments in neighbouring Boroughs such as Bexley were putting additional pressures on the health services provided by Darent Valley Hospital. He then described how this winter had been particularly difficult even though the weather had not been that severe. He then advised that, since April 2016, the CCG had taken over responsibility for the commissioning of GP services from NHS England and said that it had been a steep learning curve. He also noted the need to improve and sustain those areas of primary care and GP provision that were considered to be fragile. He then referred to the successful development of new models of care which had GPs working together with primary care teams. He then advised of the potential development of a Health and Care Centre of Excellence in the Ebbsfleet Garden City area and described how this could provide exciting opportunities for research and learning and act to encourage those who wish to pursue a health related career to live and work in the area.

 

Mr Gilbert then moved on to growth and financial performance and said that the current CCG population was 263,000. He noted how this figure had already grown from 250,000 in 2013, and that a further 57,000 growth had been predicted over the next 15 years. He then referred to the impact that this was having on GP practices who were, on average, experiencing a 2% growth in the number of patients on their books per annum since 2014/15. He then noted the excellent relationship that the CCG had with Dartford Borough Council, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, and other partners enabling them to monitor the impact of growth and develop new local models of care, based on extended community services. He then described how the CCG budget was set at £344 million for 2016/17 and would grow by 1% per annum, but also warned that, with the population predicted to grow at 2% per annum (with a 1% growth having an extra £3.4 million impact on associated costs), further pressures would be placed on the available budget in future years. He then described how the CCG had performed in previous years and said that in 2013/14 and 2014/15 there had been a surplus, in 2015/16 there had been a deficit of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 47.

SD (IS)

48.

Corporate Plan - Performance Indicators pdf icon PDF 45 KB

This report provides the latest set of Corporate Plan performance indicators for quarter 3 of 2016-17.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This report provided the latest set of Corporate Plan performance indicators for quarter 3 of 2016-17.

 

The Chairman noted that the report had already been considered by the Cabinet Advisory Panel and Cabinet and advised that no specific issues had been raised in advance of the meeting.

 

Reference was made to the procedure that is followed when performance indicators are defined and whether it was possible for the Policy Overview Committee to contribute to this process. The Chairman described how senior managers and other Committees were tasked with overall performance indicator review and agreement, but also noted how it was possible for the Policy Overview Committee to suggest changes, as had previously happened for a waste related performance indicator.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the contents of the Performance Indicators Monitoring Report, attached at Appendix A to the report, be noted.

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49.

Policy Overview Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 48 KB

This report sets out the Policy Overview Committee’s work plan.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This report set out the Policy Overview Committee’s Work Plan.

 

The Chairman confirmed the following additions, which had been agreed during discussion of previous agenda items:

 

  • Housing and Planning Act 2016 – September 2017 (provisionally)
  • Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust - March 2018
  • Dartford Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group – March 2018

 

Reference was then made to the debate on homelessness that had taken place at the last meeting of the General Assembly of the Council, and the intention to establish a Homelessness Working Group, and it was suggested that the Policy Overview Committee should also consider homelessness and the influence it might have on housing related policies. The Chairman expressed concern over the possible duplication of effort that this might cause and asked that clarification on the membership and aims of the Working Group be sought from officers and distributed to all Committee members.

 

It was also noted that air quality had been raised as an area of current concern at the General Assembly of the Council where reference had been made to an ‘Improving Air Quality Joint Inquiry’ that was being carried out by the Government. The Chairman noted how air quality had previously been considered by the Policy Overview Committee and asked that it be added as an item for consideration at the Committee’s September 2017 meeting.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.         That the Work Plan, together with the minuted additions above, be noted.

 

2.         That the membership and aims of the Homelessness Working Group be distributed to all members of the Committee.