Agenda and draft minutes

Policy Overview Committee - Tuesday 14 June 2022 7.00 pm

Venue: Counvil Chamber

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Ben Moussa, Burrell (Substitute Cllr. R J Wells), Canham, Gaskin (Sub. Cllr. Oguntope), Nicklen and Storey.


The Chairman welcomed his guests Mr. David Peck, Director, DGS NHS H&CP, Dr. Steve Fenlon, Director, D&G NHS Trust, and Mr. Pat Birchall, Regional Director, HCRG Care Group (formerly Virgin Care Group). The presence of the Director for Growth and Communities to respond to Members’ questions was noted, and the attendance (as observers) of Mrs Trish Chapman and Mr Paul Parsons from the Council’s Tenant’s and Leaseholder’s Forum. 


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest from Members including the terms of any Grant(s) of Dispensation by the Audit Board or the Chief Officer & Director of Corporate Services.


There were no declarations of interest.


Confirmation of the minutes of the Policy Overview meeting held on 15 March 2022 pdf icon PDF 332 KB




That the minutes of the meeting of the Policy Overview Committee held on 15 March 2022 be confirmed as accurate.


Urgent Items

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


The Chairman confirmed that there were no urgent items for the Committee to consider.


To consider references from other Committees (if any)

There are presently no references from other Committees for Members to consider.


There were no references from other Committees for Members to consider.


Regulation 9 Notice [Forward Plan] pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To consider any issues arising from the Regulation 9 Notice [Forward Plan] for the period 13 May 2022 to 30 September 2022.




1.    That Members note the contents of the Regulation 9 Notice [Forward Plan] for the period 13 May 2022 to 30 September 2022.


Health Care Provision Update (post Pandemic)

To receive updates/presentations from representatives of the Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust, the Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Health & Care Partnership NHS Kent & Medway CCG, and the HCRG Care Group (formerly Virgin Care).


The Chairman renewed his welcome to his NHS and independent health care sector guests and thanked them for attending and agreeing to update Members that evening.


He proposed that Members receive the three separate presentations in the order of DGS NHS ICG, then the D&G NHS Trust and finally the HCRG Care Group (formerly Virgin Care) presentation consecutively, followed by a combined Q&A session with Members covering all three presentations.


Dartford, Gravesham & Swanley NHS Health Care Partnership (DGS HCP)


David Peck, Director of Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley NHS Health and Care Partnership, covered the following principal areas and topics in his presentation to the Committee:


NHS Landscape – Integrated Care System (ICS) [from 1 July 2022]


The ICS comprised three distinct elements:


·         Integrated Care Board (ICB) – both a board and an organisation, replacing the former Community Care Group (CCG) model. The Board will consist of Chief Execs and senior Execs from the constituent NHS member organisations of the ICS and discharge statutory NHS functions;

·         Placed-Based Partnership – sitting below the ICB in the ICS model and known in Kent as ‘Health & Care Partnerships’, with delegated responsibility from the ICB, including from 2024 responsibility for Place-based budgets;

·         Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) – sitting parallel to the ICB in the ICS model, consisting of the ICB plus local authorities and responsible for setting the Integrated Care System Strategy [the Strategy] based on the JSNA. Both the ICB and local authorities will have a legal duty to have due regard to the ICP’s Strategy when making commissioning decisions.


Members were advised that from 1 July 2022 the Kent and Medway ICS system and architecture would undergo further changes through the inclusive membership and involvement at all levels of voluntary, community, social- enterprise and citizen engagement forums, to help develop strategic change programmes for East Kent transformation, Vascular and Cardiac services.


As part of that process System Programme Delivery Boards (SPDBs) would be created for; Mental Health, Learning Disabilities & Autism, Cancer Alliance, Children & Young People, Digital & Data, Workforce, Planned Care and Urgent Care. The SPDBs would support the development of the system strategy and its outcomes, and oversee system delivery and improvement with 4 (four) Place Based Partnerships (PBPs), comprising 42 Primary Care Networks and Provider Collaboratives of Individual Providers e.g. NHS Trusts, FTs and community and independent health care providers. The role of the PBPs was to join-up care for people, places and populations to achieve the Government’s proposals for health and care integration by meeting the following two key milestones:


·         By April 2023 each PBP must be led by an Accountable Officer responsible for both health and social care outcomes with the appointment agreed by both the NHS and the upper tier local authority, have a robust governance framework that reflects national requirements, have developed Place-based priorities, and not span more than one upper tier local authority boundary;


·         By April 2024 each PBP must have Place-based budgets.


NHS Planning for 2022/23


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Committee Annual Report 2021-22 Municipal Cycle pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To receive a report on the work of the Committee during the preceding municipal year.

Additional documents:


The Chairman and Members thanked the Committee Co-ordinator for compiling the 2021-222 annual report and his support of Members during a particularly difficult and stressful municipal cycle for all concerned, given the continued impact of the Pandemic in the period under review.




1.    That Members note the report and appendices as presented for consideration by Cabinet.



2022-23 Work Plan Update pdf icon PDF 70 KB

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The Chairman expressed his satisfaction with the Committee’s 2022-23 Work Plan as set out in Appendix A to the report and reminded Members that new topics could be added to the Plan at subsequent meetings in the current cycle and existing items re-scheduled or deleted as appropriate.




1.     That Members note the contents of the report and current Work Plan for the remainder of the 2022-23 municipal cycle as set out in Appendix A to the report.