Agenda and minutes

Adult Social Services and Health Committee
Tuesday, 27th June, 2017 7.30 pm

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

Contact: Davena Palmer, Committee Services Officer  Tel: 020 8770 4990 Email:

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Welcome and introductions


The Chair welcomed those present.


Apologies for absence and notification of substitutes


Apologies for absence were given by Councillor Marion James, who was substituted by Councillor Arthur Hookway, and by Councillor Martin Gonzalez, who was substituted by Councillor Margaret Court.


Councillor Moira Butt also gave apologies.


Declarations of interest


No declarations of interest were raised.


Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 119 KB


RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 28 March 2017 were agreed and signed by the Chair as an accurate record.


Performance Report pdf icon PDF 117 KB

This is a covering report to present performance data to committees, each committee will be presented with a score card report generated in ‘real time’ from the Council’s performance management system (Covalent) as at June 2017.

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Benjamin Bennett, Data & Intelligence Manager, presented the report and gave an overview of the Key Performance Indicators monitored on Covalent. In particular, the Data & Intelligence Manager highlighted a new indicator monitoring the percentage of people with a learning disability in employment.


Members particularly explored the indicator relating to the percentage of people with a learning disability in employment and how this is defined and identified. Strategies were also discussed as to how this target might be met.


The Chair specifically queried the links between learning disability in employment and bodies such as Opportunity Sutton. Terry Clark, Head of Social Care Commissioning, confirmed that conversations were taking place with providers and the Employment Forum. Councillor Sunita Gordon made a request that zero hour contracts not be considered in this context with Nick Ireland, Assistant Director - Adult Care & Safeguarding, responding that sustainable employment was part of the consideration of this target.


Councillor Arthur Hookway asked how the learning disability in employment indicator compared to ‘neighbouring’ authorities. The Assistant Director responded that Sutton was mid-ranking in this respect and that the 10% target was ambitious but aspirational.


Next, the Committee discussed two amber performance indicators:

·         START - Number of people provided with reablement in a non-selective service to have no ongoing care needs.

·         Making Safeguarding Personal.


RESOLVED: that the performance dashboard relevant to the Adult Social Services and Health Committee was considered and be noted.


Joint Learning Disability Strategy pdf icon PDF 131 KB

This report sets out the engagement that shaped the strategy’s vision and principles, as well as summarising the proposed direction of travel, as identified by learning disability service users.

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Jane Knowles, Representative of the Sutton Parents Forum, was invited to speak to the Committee by the Chair, and commented that in her view:

·         The document did not represent a strategy but a record of what had happened so far.

·         The document contained a lack of detail and accountability.

·         The consultation did not include all strategic partners and that a draft strategy had not been disseminated.


Nick Ireland, Assistant Director - Adult Care & Safeguarding, then briefly presented the updated report, referring in particular to the recommendations under Section 2. Terry Clark, Head of Social Care Commissioning, then presented Appendix A of the updated report and the joint strategy process, clarifying the consultation process and the invitation sent to key partners.


Members raised in discussion:

·         The consultation of SCILL, as mentioned in Appendix A, prior to its closure.

·         The engagement of key service user groups.

·         The concerns of the Sutton Parents Forum as to the consultation process.


Councillor Sunita Gordon expressed her opinion that the annual update report proposed under the recommendations should be in fact on a twice-yearly basis and that objectives were required. The Councillor requested that the item be brought back to Committee in September 2017.


Councillors Chris Williams and Jane Pascoe commented on the general nature of the strategy, as raised by the representative of the Sutton Parents Forum. The Chair recognised that the strategy document needed to cover a broad number of areas, and that a detailed operational plan would be forthcoming in implementation. It was suggested that Officers send Members of the Committee a timeline in this regard. The Chair further mentioned the opportunities for pre-scrutiny of this policy.


The Assistant Director explained that it had been agreed with consultees that a high-level document be brought to the Committee for approval and that a delivery plan would follow with updates on the strategic priorities.


The Head of Social Care Commissioning indicated that a delivery plan could be drawn up in approximately 6 to 8 weeks were Committee minded to approve the recommendations.


The Chair requested that a delivery plan be presented to Committee in December 2017.


Councillor Colin Stears motioned an amendment to the second recommendation which was seconded by Councillor Jason Reynolds.


Councillor Colin Stears motioned the removal of the third recommendation, as seconded by Councillor Jane Pascoe, and Members agreed.



1.    The Joint Learning Disability Strategy, that was developed with service users and reflects the planned approach agreed with stakeholders who confirmed the key findings and recommendations, be approved.

2.    It was agreed officers should put in place a delivery plan for implementing the strategy, presenting this to Committee in December, whilst forming a more detailed strategy to inform the committee at its September meeting.


The Chair emphasised that the Committee welcomes feedback and representations from key groups in the Borough. It was requested that the agenda cover sheet reflect this.


Urgent items brought forward at the direction of the chair


No urgent business was raised.


Date of next meeting

The next meeting will be held on 12 September 2017 at the Civic Offices.




The next meeting was confirmed to be scheduled for 12 September 2017.