Knowsley Health and Wellbeing Board Updates: 2017
At the last Health and Wellbeing Board held on 12 January 2017, there was a real focus on mental health and wellbeing. At the meeting, there was a presentation on the Mental Health Triage Car, which outlined the success of the programme, jointly operated by Merseyside Police and 5 Boroughs across parts of Merseyside, including Knowsley. The mental health triage car involves a mental health nurse travelling with police to incidents, to provide an initial assessment of the need for mental health specialist support or not, for those involved in incidents. The presentation was received positively and the approach endorsed by the Board.
In addition, there was an update provided by the CCG on the progress and future plans regarding the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Transformation Plan.
There was also an item on domestic abuse governance, which provided an update on how domestic abuse was being addressed through the leadership of the Domestic Abuse Governance Group. This included highlighting the approach to domestic abuse, including the outcomes based logic model approach and related action plan and the development of a new Domestic Abuse Strategy which was shared with the Board for feedback. Furthermore, the role that health services could play in identifying and reducing the impact of domestic abuse was highlighted, with a plea for greater involvement from the Health sector. The Board endorsed the approach and acknowledged that Health partners needed to be part of the approach.
The Board also considered the Adult Safeguarding Board 2015/16 and received an update from its Subgroups.
The Health and Wellbeing Board met on 30 March 2017, there was a focus on the promoting healthy living priority, adult social care and fulfilling some of its statutory duties. At the meeting there was an in depth discussion about ‘housing and health’.
The Board also received reports on the programme of collaborative work across Knowsley, Liverpool and Sefton on Adult Social Care (tripartite arrangements), the Adult Social Care Transformation Plan 2017-20, refocused carers strategy and the Knowsley Supported Internship Programme.
In addition, as per statutory requirements the Board received the Knowsley CCG Annual Report Statement for comments and the plans to update the Knowsley Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (a statutory document that has to be published by April 2018) were agreed.
The last Health and Wellbeing Board met on 27 July 2017, where the Board considered:
- Governance arrangements for the Health & Wellbeing Board 2017/18
- The commissioning plans of partner organisations
- Healthwatch Knowsley Annual Report 2016/17
- A Liverpool City Region working update; and
- A presentation on Poverty and impacts of Welfare Reform
The last Health and Wellbeing Board met on 19 October 2017, the Board considered a proposed approach to developing a social prescribing model across the Borough, which was endorsed by the Board. The report provided an overview of social prescribing, and local current provision and explored the next steps to further develop the model in Knowsley. This included the need for the local model to be focused on sustainability, building the capacity of the local offer of activities and ensuring robust referral routes are in place to ensure provision for those most in need.
The Board received an update on the development of the statutory Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment, which assesses the pharmacy needs of the local population, identifying what pharmaceutical services are available in the area and where they are likely to be needed in the future, due to changes in the health or demographics of the population. The Board were informed that this document is out to public consultation as per legal requirements.
The Board received an update on the Better Care Fund 2017/18 proposals and endorsed the plans.
The Health and Wellbeing Board’s role in supporting the implementation of the Knowsley Dementia Friendly Strategy was raised. Board partners were supportive with a specific ask of providers as to how they could contribute, which was received positively.
The Board also considered the Children’s Safeguarding Board report 2016/17 and received an update from its Subgroups.