Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 13th April, 2016 7.00 pm

Venue: Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA. View directions

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Apologies for absence and notifications of substitutes


Apologies were received from Councillor Alan Salter and Councillor Marian Radford. As such, Councilor Pathumal Ali chaired the meeting.


Declarations of interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Order of Items


As representatives from the Highways team were unable to attend, item 8 of the agenda was deferred to a future meeting.


Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 142 KB

To agree the Minutes of the meeting held on 20 January 2016.


The minutes of the meeting held on 20 January 2016 were agreed as a correct record of the meeting.





An update from the Chair, Councillor Alan Salter.


David Olney, Commissioning and Business Insight Manager, provided an update on the South West London Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.


The sub-committee reviewing in-patient mental health provision had met 15 March and agreed that St Georges NHS Health Trust proposals were ready to be progressed. Additional information that they requested from the trust in terms of local provision of community-based services were still outstanding but will be provided to them in the coming weeks. On receipt of that information they will consider the requirement for a further meeting.


The main standing committee had reviewed plans by the South West London Commissioning Collaborative for the provision of acute hospital services across London, and they are to be progressed. A further meeting will be held in June.


St George's NHS Health Trust Urogynaecology Consultation

An update from the Chair, Councillor Alan Salter.


David Olney, Commissioning and Business Insight Manager, informed the Committee that Councillor Alan Salter had sent a joint letter, with the Chairs of Merton and Kingston Scrutiny Committees, to Miles Scott, Chief Executive at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SGUH), to seek a common response to the issues raised and recommendations made by each respective Scrutiny Committee. They had not received a response.


The trust agreed at its board meeting on 3 March 2016 to pause the action they were undertaking in order to carry out further discussions with their local commissioners about the future arrangements for the provision of urogynaecology services. They will conduct further research and come back to the board.


Royal Marsden Trust

An update from Councillor Nick Emmerson.


Councillor Nick Emmerson had not been invited to update the committee on the Royal Marsden Trust.


Scrutiny Investigation - Support for Victims of Crime pdf icon PDF 203 KB

Representatives from the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) and Tim Stonebridge, Integrated Victim Support Projects Manager, Sutton Safer Partnership Service, to attend to provide information about the services further to the briefing note and summary report provided.

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Tim Stonebridge, Integrated Victim Support Projects Manager, Sutton Safer Partnership Service (SSPS), addressed the Committee to give an insight into the work done by SSPS to support victims of crime, including:


·         Coordinating and connecting victims and offenders with services such as drug and alcohol support, housing support and employment support etc.

·         Commissioning a  walk-in Domestic Violence one-stop-shop service in Sutton alongside community safety partners

·         Coordinating the local Domestic Violence Action Plan

·         Managing antisocial behaviour alongside the police and Sutton Housing Partnership.

·         Safety Planning (with tips and advice to help to increase victim awareness and boost their safety in potentially dangerous situations)


He informed the Committee that SSPS had undertaken and consulted on a strategic needs assessment for victims of crime in Sutton, with a particular focus on provisions for victims of domestic violence and abuse, and hate crimes. They are building a new integrated victim support website to raise awareness, provide advice and direct victims to support, which is planned to be ready to ‘go live’ in June 2016. Mr Stonebridge commented that the London victims services contract between the Victim Support Agency and MOPAC (The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime) is  due to expire in March 2017 and as such MOPAC would be re-tendering for a new service in the coming year. Mr Stonebridge speculated that a new contract with MOPAC would be likely to raise expectations and possibly introduce higher targets for support.


Councillors asked for clarification on what were available for Sutton residents since the borough-based victim support service had been disbanded, and how residents could access the services. Mr Stonebridge confirmed that Victim Support, as part of the needs assessment work, had confirmed that although they no longer had a local site from which to operate from, there was a continued presence being maintained through a process of outreach engagements at various places locally and home visits, if requested and deemed safe to do so. He informed the Committee that services for victims made available depended on the nature of crime and the profile of the victim themselves. Victims considered as being high risk and vulnerable would be automatically referred to services suited to their particular needs, whereas and if a victim did not meet this threshold they would likely be given information directing them to a more generic package of support. Councillors requested that the Committee be provided with more information about services available specific to young victims of crime, and information on the outcomes following referrals.


Councillors also raised concerns about the difference in statistics for violence against the person when compared to neighbouring boroughs. Mr Stonebridge commented that alcohol and domestic violence were identified as being key drivers for violence in Sutton, and there ensued a discussion about whether or not reported levels of violence are specifically attributable to the night time economy. Councillor Mary Burstow raised a motion that the item be referred to Licensing Committee in order to review the statistics in greater depth with regards to the effect of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.


Order of Items


The Chair altered the order of items so that item 7 would be discussed before item 6. As such, the agenda was discussed in the order as follows in the minutes.


Epsom and St Helier Trust pdf icon PDF 451 KB

Daniel Elkeles and Tim Hamilton, Chief Executive and Director of Communications at the Epsom and St Helier NHS Health Trust (ESTH) to attend to give a presentation to update the committee and in particular to outline plans beyond 2020 and the progress of the CQC inspections that are being carried out across the borough.


Daniel Elkeles, Tim Hamilton and Dr James Marsh, Chief Executive, Director of

Communications, and Medical Director at the Epsom and St Helier NHS Health Trust (ESTH) answered questions from the Committee regarding the performance of the Trust. Dr Marsh reported that ESTH had made a number of improvements across quality parameters, including a lower mortality rate and less agency staff as more staff had been employed on permanent contracts. Mr Elkeles responded to concerns about the reported £28m debt of the Trust, explaining that the area served by the two hospitals meets the threshold of residents for funding however that a lot of money is lost to the inefficiency of running two separate hospitals at two separate sites. He indicated that millions of pounds spent per year could be assigned to spreading services across the two sites, due to factors including the poor quality of the ageing buildings.


Mr Elkeles gave a presentation on ESTH’s ‘Estate Strategy’ outlining how they predicted that savings could be made by replacing both of the buildings and providing acute services in each location. The Trust hoped to carry out consultations to evaluate options for how to progress this, and emphasised that the proposals were at a very early stage. They will hold public events in May to look at possible options with the ambition of then being in a position to have between 1 and 3 firmer options to take forward for further consideration by the end of June to inform the wider NHS planning process.


Scrutiny Investigation - Consultation Management

Councillors Pathumal Ali and Patrick McManus to report back from the task and finish group investigating the London Borough of Sutton's consultations.


Councillors Pathumal Ali and Patrick McManus updated the Committee on the work of the task and finish group investigating the London Borough of Sutton's consultations. They had spoken with Richard Green (Planning Manager) and Sam Barker (Head of Commissioning Support) to ask questions about the consultation process and intended to meet with Amanda Cherrington (Head of Economic Renewal and Regeneration) to continue their investigation on 29 April 2016.


They had investigated some consultations that had been successful and some that could have been executed more efficiently and reported conclusions that an equality-based angle on consultations was important. Councillor Patrick McManus indicated that he wished to further inspect how the London Borough of Sutton could improve their consultations with regards to stakeholder engagement and feeding back the outcomes of such engagement.


Any urgent business

Brought forward at the discretion of the Chair.


There was no urgent business.