Agenda and minutes

South West London & Surrey JHSC sub-committee - Improving Healthcare Together 2020-2030
Tuesday, 16th October, 2018 7.30 pm

Venue: Merton Civic Offices, London Road, Merton,SM4 5DX

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Councillor Colin Stears will remain as the interim chair, until a Chair can be elected.


It was agreed that the items will be taken in the order: items 2 to 8, followed by items 1,2 and 9.


Apologies for Absence


There were no apologies for absence



Declarations of Interest


Councillor Colin Stears declared his wife is employed by the Epsom and St Helier Trust.


Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure for the standing and sub-committee pdf icon PDF 106 KB

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Councillor Peter McCabe reported that the London Borough of Merton reserve the right to refer this matter directly to the Secretary of State. It was noted that both the London Borough of Sutton and Surrey County Council are yet to decide their approach.


Resolved that:


The terms of reference for the South West London and Surrey Joint Health Sub Committee be noted.



Scrutiny issues : the approach of the Improving Healthcare Together sub-committee pdf icon PDF 83 KB

An outline scope for the work of the Improving Healthcare Together 2020-2030 sub-committee.


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David Olney, Commissioning & Business Insight Manager, London Borough of Sutton presented the report.


There were no further questions from members of the Committee.




The committee consider the approach to its work as outlined in agenda item 6 appendix A and listed below:


During the programme’s engagement phase the sub-committee will undertake the following kind of work, this is not an exhaustive list of what the committee may choose to do.   


  • The sub-committee will prepare a workplan , using the Programme’s timeline, to set out a timetable for its meetings and the relevant business content for those meetings
  • Hold public committee meetings to hear about and provide comment on the progress of the programme
  • Receive and comment on reports on progress and actions from the programme director
  • Participate in engagement activities to understand and contribute to the development of the programme.


If and when the programme moves into a formal public consultation the sub-committee will undertake its statutory responsibilities to consider whether the consultation is adequate and whether the proposals being put forward are in the interest of the local population.



Improving Healthcare Together 2020 -2030 progress update pdf icon PDF 385 KB

A briefing paper for the Improving Healthcare Together 2020 – 2030 JHOSC Sub-Committee which included updates on:

·         Progress to date

·         Provider impact

·         Travel and access

·         The engagement plan

·         The Initial Equalities Analysis

·         The Deprivation Impact Analysis

·         The Integrated Impact Assessment

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Additional documents:


James Blythe, Managing Director Merton CCG presented the report.


In discussion members of the Committee requested that all relevant papers, data and reports, which have been referenced in the agendas are available to members in a timely fashion. In the case that the information is not available for publication that a summary or draft information be provided.


The Managing Director Merton CCG presented the section of the report - Impact on other providers.


A member of the public, Councillor Sean Fitzsimmons (LB Croydon) asked why only the three boroughs, Sutton, Merton and Surrey County Council have been included in this part of the work as the options being considered would impact both residents in LB Croydon and acute health services in LB Croydon.  It was noted that potential impacts on other boroughs is included within the data and reports provided and is being considered. Additional borough could be asked to join the Committee in the future if necessary.


Brian Niven, Technical Principal, Mott MacDonald presented the section of the report - Travel Impact Assessment.


It was outlined that the data collated showed how the nine protected characteristics and an additional category of deprivation would be impacted by the options, (with the data overlaid on each other). This data and its analysis will be included within the final report which will be available in Spring 2019 prior to the consultation.


The earliest date which could be considered for the consultation to take place is January 2019, although in order that full regulatory assurance can be provided and issues of local elections considered it is more likely the consultation will take place in Spring 2019.    


Charlotte Keeble, Senior Programme Manager, Improving Healthcare Together Programme and Dr Jeffrey Croucher, Clinical Chair Sutton CCG presented the section of the report - Engagement.


Councillor Zully Grant Duff joined the meeting at 8.05pm.


In discussion it was explained that patients who currently use services had been included in the engagement sessions, information about how to become involved in engagement sessions has been displayed at GP surgeries in the geographies. Six of the focus groups had included current users of services, and their views of impacts of the options reported. The findings of the engagement sessions which have been held will be used to provide focus for future sessions.


Members of the Committee asked for assurance that the Engagement events provide transparency and evidence based options. Residents have expressed concerns to the members of the committee about the long history of and amount of money spent on consultations.


It was requested that a report on the findings from the engagement work is provided to this group and made available to the public.


The managing Director, Merton CCG explained that the specialism of maternity care is being considered within the options outlined.  It was requested that a recommendations session is held which includes clinical staff from this specialism.


Land searches have been commissioned to ensure that there is no other site in addition to the three options  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


Q&A / discussion of progress update

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There were no further questions.



Election of Chair


Councillor Zully Grant - Duff motioned that Councillor Colin Stears be elected as Chair, this was seconded by Councillor Peter McCabe.

RESOLVED: that Councillor Colin Stears be elected Chair of the Sub-Committee.


Election of Vice Chair


Councillor Colin Stears motioned that Councillor Zully Grant - Duff be elected as Vice Chair, this was seconded by Councillor Peter McCabe.


RESOLVED: that Councillor Zully Grant - Duff be elected Vice Chair of the Sub-Committee.  



Dates for future meetings of sub-committee

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Dates of future meetings are being planned.