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Minutes pdf icon PDF 204 KB


    Corrections to the Minutes of the meeting held on the 19th May 2021.




    Matters arising from the Minutes of the meeting held on the 19th May 2021.


    Page 8 of the minutes – ‘A member asked whether Jane Hawdon would kindly send the committee the plans for dementia care from the new Nurse consultant, both during the pandemic and in the future’.

    The Chairman advised that these had yet to be received and notified the committee that this would be followed up and circulated to members.


    Agenda 9 Childhood inoculation and birth registration, question regarding how children services obtain data on birth registrations- The Governance Officer read out a response from Debra Davies, Early years and primary standards lead as follows, “We plan our number based on GLA data. The delay in birth registrations will not come through to use yet within this data so it is not an issue. By the time we get this, the registrations should be up to date. We also get all of the new birth data. If we noticed a significant decrease in this then we would monitor it and may look at using this for targeted planning.”

    Debra advised that any further questions on the topic could be addressed to her directly.


    RESOLVED that the committee approved the minutes of the meeting held on 19th May as an accurate record.








Absence of Members


    Councillor Rutter sent apologies and was substituted by Councillor Byers.


Declaration of Members' Interests




Report of the Monitoring Officer




Public Question Time (If Any)




Members' Items (If Any)




Minutes of the North Central Sector London Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee


    The minutes of the last meeting of the North Central Sector London Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny committee were yet to be approved.


Coronavirus and Vaccination Update


    The Director of Public Health London Borough of Barnet, Dr Tamara Djuretic, provided an update on the coronavirus cases and vaccination uptake within Barnet. Dr Djuretic advised the committee that there had been a decrease in the number of infections since the 14th July. Although she was unable to provide specific reasons for the decrease in infections, some evidence suggested this was due to behavioural changes. The previous weeks had included the Euro football tournament, Wimbledon and the mixing of children in school which liking had increased the spread of infection.


    Dr Djuretic updated the committee that there had been an increase in hospital admissions, however these numbers were lower than those from the first peak. There had been a slight increase in cases within care homes and the authority was working with the care sector closely to monitor this.


    Dr Djuretic advised that the vaccination uptake within Barnet was going really well, with 85-87% of over 30’s having been vaccinated. The younger age group had a lower number of uptakes for the vaccination. The Local Authority was continuing to promote the vaccination via various communication methods to encourage as many people as possible to take the vaccine. The NHS had also situated a vaccine bus at Brent Cross shopping centre to make it easier for people to get vaccinated, with 250 people attending.


    Phase 3 of the vaccine programme was due to commence on the 6th September, with a booster vaccination for all those over 80. The planning and preparation for the boosters was complex, as it was not yet known which vaccination would be used and therefore quantities could not yet be ordered, however as much planning as possible was taking place.


    Members enquired as to whether any of the people who had been admitted to hospital with coronavirus had already received their vaccinations. Dr Djuretic advised that around two-thirds of those admitted had not been vaccinated and a third had been. The vaccination was not 100% effective against catching coronavirus, however the symptoms for those that had been vaccinated were usually much milder. Members also asked if the age profile of those being admitted had changed. Dr Djuretic said that the majority of patients were now under the age of 40 and unvaccinated, however the mortality rate for this age groups was still very small.


    Members raised concerns around refugees being unable to receive the vaccine. Dr Djuretic said that dedicated vaccination sessions had been arranged at Brent Cross Holiday Inn for asylum seekers, as well as within some refugee centres. She also advised that everyone within the UK had a right to the vaccination, even if they were not registered with a GP. Members suggested this should be more widely promoted, as there were groups of people that often felt anxious about coming forward to authorities, which might prevent them from taking up the offer of a vaccine.


    Dr Djuretic said that there was no evidence that coronavirus had disproportionately affected any ethnic minority  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.


Barnet Healthwatch Update


    Barnet Healthwatch was not able to attend this meeting.


Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) Cricklewood Update pdf icon PDF 229 KB


    The Chairman read out a statement that had been provided regarding the Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) and the commissioning arrangements for the continuity of service provision for patients registered with the practice. The procurement process had now been completed, with Penceat Medical Ltd the successful bidder.


    The Chairman enquired as to who would be funding the remodelling of the commercial building at 10 Oaklands Road, Cricklewood, NW2 6DH. The Assistant Director of Primary Care and Commissioning, North Central London, Vanessa Piper, said that discussions were being held in relation to the capital costs, however the current proposal was for the cost of the alterations to be paid for by the landlord. The premises mobilisation to enable the practice to operate from the new site was due to be completed before the end of the year.


    Members asked several questions regarding the shareholders of the company, including who the other shareholders, how many services they currently run and how long they had run these services for? Ms Piper advised that Mr Shih was the Chief Operating Officer and held the main contract for the services. Ms Piper said that Penceat Medical Ltd currently operated medical practices in Northwest and Southwest London. She was unable to provide answers to the other questions but agreed to get back to the Chairman. She advised that other aspects of the contract would all be thoroughly checked and scrutinised through the procurement process. She explained that robust performance and quality management had to be in place and that all those interested int the procurement had to complete a broad range of questions as part of the process. Ms Piper also explained that the CCG would monitor the delivery of the contract, using KPI’s every quarter and a quality performance review would be conducted annually.


    Members asked for reassurance that the arrangements would be robust and quality services would be provided long-term. Members stressed that patients had been through a turbulent time and required good quality services, especially in an area where there was a particular public health need. The demographic of the practice would be different to other areas, with a wide range of health challenges and members wanted confidence that these could be delivered. Officers advised that the demographic and need of patients had been clearly indicated within the tender documentation and that all bidders for the contract had been required to demonstrate they could meet the required standard of health provision.


    Collette Wood (JOB TITILE) said they understood the concerns of Members and that a thorough due diligence process would be followed. Ms Wood said the GP federation would ensure all governance processes were correctly adhered to and that the contract would be robust and clear, including within it a break clause every 5 years.


    Members asked what type of questions were asked during the procurement process. Officers advised that they did not have this to hand but agreed to circulate the range of questions to the committee. However, they assured the committee  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.


Suicide Prevention Strategy 2021-2025 pdf icon PDF 304 KB

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    Dr Elliott Roy-Highley, Public Health Registrar introduced the report on suicide prevent strategy 2021-2025, which outlined the strategic intention for the number of Barnet residents lost to suicide to fall every year.


    During the discussion members emphasised the importance of listening services and asked whether there were any local services in Barnet that provided this or whether it just national services that were promoted. Dr Roy-Highley said that there were no specific Barnet listening services, however all the national services, such as the Samaritans, were promoted as a place for residents to find help.


    Members raised the requirement for the suicide strategy to be holistic and to ensure that young people were supported from an early age, where there are any signs of suicidal feelings or thoughts. Dr Roy-Highley explained that this was the approach that would be taken and that services across the Council would be working together to ensure the strategy supported all those at risk. The strategy had been co-produced with the multi-agency Barnet Suicide Prevention Partnership to ensure it met the needs of residents on both a national and local level. The intention was for the strategy to be insight-led, informed by evidence of what works, as well as practical, achievable, and effective. Dr Roy-Highley said the long-term strategic approach would ensure that the strategy had the greatest impact on suicide prevention.


    Members asked questions about how and when they should be making referrals to mental health services if they were concerned about the wellbeing of a resident. Dr Roy-Highley explained that each individual case would be different but encouraged members to complete the online training course available on the topic, to further their understanding of mental health and suicide prevention.


    Members noted that mental health and suicide was a complex subject and that often those that needed support the most were reluctant to seek help. Dr Roy-Highley advised that there were many online services available, which this demographic of individuals often felt more comfortable using, for example QWELL. Questions regarding the awareness and training of medical professionals was also discussed. Officers explained that training was provided to all primary care providers, with those specifically working in medical professions given training on suicide interventions.


    Members asked whether austerity had impacted on the rate of suicide. Officers advised that the data on suicide was not available for 2020 yet, but that in Barnet the 2019 data had demonstrated there had been a slight fall in the number of deaths by suicide. However, nationally the picture was different, with no fall in suicide rates being recorded.


    Members asked about the level of support available to families, particularly parents of children at risk of suicide or having attempted suicide. Dr Roy-Highley explained that the resilient schools programme was working directly with children and parents to train them on both awareness of the topic and in helping to reduce the stigma surrounding self-harm and suicidal thoughts. The purpose of the training was to encourage those struggling with suicidal thoughts or  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.


Health Overview and Scrutiny Forward Work Programme pdf icon PDF 169 KB


    It was agreed that the following be added to the forward work programme:

    For the October meeting:

    -       Childhood inoculation.

    -       Barnet Healthwatch to be invited.

    -       An update on long covid and coronavirus, as well as the backlog of treatments.

    For the December meeting:

    -       Retrospective update on the flu vaccination.


    -       Suicide prevention strategy update – July/October 2022.


    RESOLVED that the Committee noted the forward work programme.


Any Other Items that the Chairman Decides are Urgent