and Formby Community Health Council
of Southport and Formby Community Health Council held on 15th
April 2003 at 53 Houghton Street, Southport
Cllr P Starkey
Mrs R Goodman
Mrs K Taphouse
Mrs A Hindley
Miss V Webster
Mr G Leek
Mrs L Westgate
Mr L Simans
Mrs L Coulter Mr
Mr J Latham
Ms J Beenstock
Chief Executive, Southport & Formby PCT
Mrs J Massam
Southport & Formby PCT
Assistant to the Chief Officer
Chair welcomed Susan Gillen, Brighter Living Partnership Co-ordinator.
outlined the background to the Brighter Living Partnership (BLP),
which had originally been known as the Healthy Living Partnership.
The BLP comprises 60+ partner organisations working together
to develop and support initiatives and projects aimed at improving
the quality of life for people in Southport and Formby and promoting
social inclusion. Initiatives
had been identified following a series of consultation events held
some 3 yearsw ago involving voluntary groups and organisations and
currently funded from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) include
reducing fuel poverty for vulnerable people, developing a quality
mark for partner organisations and developing an accredited course
for mentors to help vulnerable and excluded groups access services
addition, Health Action Zone (HAZ) funds are supporting the
development of a club for older people in Crossens, a club for young
people in Woodvale and a club for parents and families in High Park.
BLP is also involved in discussions around the proposed
re-development of Church Street with a view to siting a drop in
facility and information point.
conclusion, the Chairman thanked Susan for a most informative and
Minutes of Previous Meeting:-
minutes of the previous meeting held on 18th February
2003, having been previously circulated, were approved as a correct
record and signed by the Chair.
Chief Officer updated members on this item.
The South African team, funded by the Department of Health as
part of a national initiative to increase capacity and reduce
waiting time targets, is scheduled to commence operations at
Southport DGH on the 6th July for a 12-week programme.
Of the 450 orthopaedic cases to be seen, 66 will be local
patients. All of the
patients will be those classified as ‘low risk’.
Follow up will take place at 6 weeks and 12 months.
The newly built modular ward and theatre will be retained by
the Trust for further use once this project is completed.
that the verbal report be accepted.
Chief Officer’s Report:-
that the report be accepted.
Assistant to the Chief Officer’s Report:-
that the report be accepted.
Public and Patient Involvement (PPI):-
Chief Officer reported that Patient Forums will not now be
established until 2004. invitations
for “Expressions of Interest” in contracting
for providing patient forums are currently with voluntary and
community organisations. The
PCT Patient Forum also has remit of promoting public
local Patient Forum will have some 15-20 lay members and will
monitor the day to day management of health services in its
area, including the private sector and GP practices, with a
reporting mechanism to the Overview and Security Committee (OSC),
Commission for Patient and Public Involvement (CPPI) and host
trust. The Chief
Officer reminded members that Regional Office is looking to
provide training for those members interested in moving into
and Scrutiny Committees (OSCs) will take over the scrutiny and
monitoring role. Locally,
protocols have been drafted and a separate Health Scrutiny Committee
is to be formed with funding for a support officer.
The Chief Officer has been asked to comment on a draft Code
of Practice for the local OSC.
This committee will be established after the local elections
in May 2003.
cases have been logged, of these, 13 cases have been closed and 20
cases are currently progressing through the NHS Complaints
Procedure. Whilst 2:1
complaints relate to hospital treatment, there has been an increase
in the number of complaints around GP services.
Funding has been extended until the end of August.
“Expressions of Interest” in developing
ICAS services have been invited from voluntary organisations, such
as CABs. An ICAS will
be available as from the 1st September but it is not
clear at this stage what form this will take.
CHC office continues to function.
Staff are involved in personal development plans and being
encouraged to take advantage of training.
Sheila Claydon, previous Chief Officer, is part of the team
which will oversee the wind down of CHCs in the North West.
from the CHC member’s report on the Access Advisory Group, it had
been noted that there was a lack of “resting places” at
the front of the entrance of Southport Hospital. The Chief Officer proposed that it would be an appropriate
gesture for the CHC to present a bench, with a commemorative plaque.
This was unanimously agreed.
Chief Officer reported that it was planned to holod a church service
in commemoration of the work of the CHC, followed by a lunch, to
which previous CHC members and other colleagues would be invited.
Discussion took place on the appropriateness of the church
service and a vote was taken.
that the Chief Officer progress the donation of a bench to Southport
(ii) that the Chief Officer progress arrangements for a
church service, followed by lunch.
AGREED that the following reports be accepted.
Access Advisory Group, 6/2/03
Southport & Formby PCT, 5/3/03
Southport & Formby PCT Pharmaceutical Sub Group 26/3/03
Southport & Ormskirk Acute Trust, 11/2/03 & 11/3/03
Date of Next Meeting:-
17th June 2003 at
at the Community Health Council office, 53 Houghton Street,