Agenda and minutes

Adult Social Services and Health Committee
Tuesday, 12th September, 2017 7.30 pm

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

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

Link: Audio recording

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Welcome and introductions


The Chair welcomed those present and gave his thanks to Tolis Vouyioukas, Strategic Director - People, as it was his last meeting prior to leaving the London Borough of Sutton.


Apologies for absence and notification of substitutes


Apologies for absence were given by Councillor Jason Reynolds (substituted by Councillor Richard Marston).


Declarations of interest


No declarations of interest were raised.


Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 131 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 27 June 2017.


RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 27 June 2017 were agreed and signed by the Chair as an accurate record.


Learning Disability Strategy pdf icon PDF 106 KB

This report sets out the progress, actions and delivery mechanisms, for the Learning Disability strategy that was approved at Adult Social Services and Health (ASSH) Committee on 27 June 2017.


Additional documents:


Jane Knowles, Representative of the Sutton Parents Forum, was invited to speak to the Committee by the Chair and provided comment in respect of the strategy, terms of reference and delivery plan.


Mavis Peart, Chair of Sutton Mencap, was also invited to speak and provided opinion on the strategy, complimenting the easy-read version but critiquing the delivery plan and querying whether it was robust.


After the speakers, the Chair requested that the two guests send their views in writing to Nick Ireland, the Assistant Director - Adult Social Care & Safeguarding. The Assistant Director then presented the update report (following an initial presentation at the previous meeting of 27 June 2017). It was emphasised by the Assistant Director that this was a plan in progress.


Following the speakers and officer presentation, Members discussed:

·         The date of the next Steering Group, the composition of its members, and the potential for sub-groups to focus on particular topics and involve the relevant stakeholders.

·         How to involve those who would not normally ‘speak up’.

·         Whether the delivery plan outcomes were SMART.

·         The inclusion of volunteers in the delivery plan.


The Chair emphasised the core nature of the Steering Group and the existence of a mechanism within the terms of reference which provided opportunity for subject expertise input. It was added that there would be a communications strategy, with minutes and agendas made as open and transparent as possible.


Councillor Jane Pascoe queried the date of the final delivery plan as mentioned in the minutes of the previous meeting and the recommendation of the report. The Chair suggested that an update be presented at the December 2017 Committee, which the Assistant Director agreed to take forward. A further suggestion was that performance monitoring be incorporated into the Covalent review at future committees.



1.    The terms of reference (as set out at Appendix B) be agreed.

2.    The draft Delivery Plan (as set out at Appendix C) be endorsed and that a final delivery plan with progress be presented back to committee at the first meeting of the municipal year 2018/2019.


Supported Living and Housing with Care Strategy pdf icon PDF 265 KB

This report sets out proposals for the future commissioning of supported living and housing with care services for Sutton residents, primarily people with a learning disability and older people with care needs.


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Nick Ireland, Assistant Director - Adult Social Care & Safeguarding, presented the report.


Following the officer presentation, Members discussed:

·         The number of supported living providers and commissioning on a locality basis.

·         The financial pressures and any savings to be realised by the scheme.


Tolis Vouyioukas, Strategic Director - People, emphasised the focus on outcomes in the strategy. Sue Hogg, Head of Business Advice & Support explained that the aim was to contain current cost pressures within existing budgets rather than make savings.



1.    The proposed commissioning model, as set out in section 5 of the report, be agreed.

2.    Authority to award new supported living and housing with care contracts be delegated to the Strategic Director - People in consultation with the lead member.

3.    Authority to award short-term contracts to facilitate the continuation of existing commissioning arrangements for supported living and housing with care services be delegated to the Strategic Director - People.


Urgent items brought forward at the direction of the chair


No urgent items were raised.


Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 19 December 2017 at the Civic Offices.




The next meeting was confirmed to be scheduled for 19 December 2017.