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Agenda and minutes

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Zully Grant-Duff (Surrey CC), Cllr Andrew Howard,(LB Merton), Councillor Munir Ravalia, (RB Kingston),


Declarations of pecuniary interests


Councillor Colin Stears reported that his wife works for St Helier Hospital


Minutes of the previous meeting held on 26 June 2018 pdf icon PDF 40 KB


This item was not considered.  The minutes of the meeting held on 26 June will be reported to the next meeting for approval.


South West London Health and Care Partnership pdf icon PDF 6 MB

This presentation provides an overview of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership in South West London. Committee Members are asked to comment on the proposals.  


NHS Colleagues tabled an update of the presentation which explained the progress and objectives of the South West London Health and Care Partnership, the development of borough based Local Health and Care Plans and how these approaches  link with the NHS Long Term Plan. Dr Andrew Murray gave an update on the progress with the children’s mental health trailblazer pilot involving south west London schools.


The Accountable Officer said following the publication of the NHS long term Plan there will be a new South West London Plan published in the Autumn 2019. The individual Local Health and Care Plan’s will be updated to reflect this.


The Accountable Officer also highlighted that the team had attracted significant investment into South West London which had supported extended access in primary care from 8am to 8pm, record sharing, the red bag scheme, diabetes and workforce initiatives.


Committee members asked if officers had considered the links between self-harm and risky behaviour, as this was a significant issue in Richmond. The Chair of Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said they had looked at all the work at borough level and incorporated this into the work streams.

The Accountable Officer said alcohol and drugs issues in Richmond and Kingston will be incorporated into the Start Well Programme and adapted to meet the requirements of each local authority. The Chair of Merton CCG added that Start Well in primary schools will mean that they benefit from early intervention and will help to prevent ill health in adolescence.


Committee members asked when the Fast Followers will join the mental health pilots. The Chair of Merton CCG reported possibly by summer 2020 when there will be a wave two of the pilots. The first wave will be evaluated in spring with a follow up next year. They will then develop a business case to roll out the pilot more widely.



Delivering the Congenital Heart Disease Standard in London - NHS England pdf icon PDF 365 KB

This report sets out proposals for re-location of a number of health services which will have an impact on residents in South West London. Committee Members are asked to comment on the report and consider if they wish to provide a formal response if there is a public consultation.


Hazel Fisher, Programme Director Cardiac and Paediatrics Specialised Commissioning and Claire McDonald, Communications and Engagement Lead tabled a summary of their presentation on delivering the Congenital Heart Disease standards in London which put forward proposals for ensuring standards were met prior to public consultation during summer 2019.  The standards relate to co-location with paediatric services, minimum volumes and size of clinical team.


The committee heard that new build for heart and lung services is being considered for Chelsea and Westminster on the Westminster campus.

Committee members asked for a map showing locations of services in London and Surrey and a better understanding of the impact on South West London residents.  


The committee asked about the timescales and what would happen if a suitable site is not found and sought clarification that would be no loss of services. It was reported that the Paediatric element should be completed by 2022 and the proposals only involved a change of location not loss of services.


Committee members asked why patient numbers are higher from the Midlands and East of England. It was reported that some of the region is quite close to London and patient choice is a factor.



Officers were thanked for their presentation and asked to provide:
Details on the scrutiny arrangements as this programme progresses

Further updates as the programme develops




Improving Healthcare Together 2020-2030 - Programme Update pdf icon PDF 211 KB

This Committee has established a sub-committee with membership from Merton, Sutton and Surrey councils to conduct detailed scrutiny of the proposals within the Improving Heathcare Together 2020-2030 Programme. Committee Members requested for information updates on the progress with this work.The sub-committee chair, Cllr Stears, will also update provide an update on the scrutiny of this programme.    


The Accountable Officer gave an update on the Programme, highlighting that if the provider impact demonstrated that other areas may be affected we may need to re-consider the membership of the sub-committee. She added that there would be more in-depth discussion at next week’s meeting of the JHOSC sub considering this matter.


Councillor Colin Stears Chair of Improving Healthcare Together sub-committee said that although some initial work had been undertaken on the provider and travel analysis, the sub-committee were of the view that the workshops had taken place too early and as a result attendees were not working from meaningful information.


Councillor McCabe said Merton Council wants to see all services maintained at St Helier Hospital and expressed concern about the multiple attempts to close the accident and emergency services over the last fifteen years. The Accountable Officer stated that there is no intention to close hospitals but some services need to be co-located.  However a lot of services for the elderly will be accessed in the same way as present.


Councillor Schaper asked if residents are of the view that the IHT programme constitutes a closure of services. The Accountable Officer said they need to convince people that change is necessary, it will enhance services but they still haven’t gathered all the evidence to determine which outcome is the best one. It is recognised that this is a great concern for local people.  The Accountable Officer added that no decisions would be made prior to consultation and consultation later this year would only take place if there is a good chance of securing capital.


Councillor Stears said it is important to provide the evidence from the equalities, provider impact and travel analysis to ensure residents are not of the view that the outcome has been pre-determined. The Accountable Officer said the only outcome from the workshops is that it is clear change is necessary.


Councillor Andy Stranack said Croydon University Hospital have been clear that they cannot absorb the impact of the closure of accident and emergency at St Helier and it would mean that they would require three extra wards.

The Accountable Officer said she will provide the Committee with the response she sent to Croydon Hospital about this issue. All providers have said all options are possible but the analysis and evidence gathering is still taking place. Further details on each specialist area is required before applying for the capital monies that will be required.



Accountable Officer to provide the letter sent to Croydon University Hospital about the potential impact of the Improving Healthcare Together Programme.

The Chair accepted a question from the public gallery


Sandra Ash from Keep our St Helier said she is keen to see services retained at both Epsom and St Helier hospitals. The programme has argued that 85% of services will remain but ‘out patients are a thing of the past’ How can the two be reconciled.


The Accountable Officer said the proposal is to change the way services are delivered  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


South West London Health Scrutiny Trigger Document pdf icon PDF 77 KB

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David Olney, Policy and Project Manager LB Sutton, gave an overview of the report. The Accountable Officer said she had used a similar document at previous organisations, her team were happy with it and will find it useful.


Councillor Peter McCabe expressed his support for the trigger document and thanked David Olney for his work on securing agreement across organisations.


Committee members sought clarification about which NHS organisations will use the document. 


The Accountable Officer said she will circulate a list of those who will use the trigger document it will include South West London NHS and Merton CCG.  




NHS South West London to provide a list of NHS organisations who will use the trigger document.



Presentations tabled at the meeting pdf icon PDF 75 KB

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