The Adult Social Care and Health Select Committee examines topics related to:
- all adult social care services
- partnerships associated with adult social care
- the provision of the public health service
- local health bodies including those established by the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
The Select Committee will undertake detailed reviews of prioritised topics throughout the municipal year. It will carry out these reviews in a variety of ways, including reviewing reports at formal meetings, carrying out in-depth scrutiny at single-issue meetings and setting up working groups. In these reviews the Select Committee will seek to gather evidence in the community and to hear from local people and other experts.
The topics for review for the municipal year 2020-2021 were prioritised by members and formally proposed at the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in September 2020. Topics were then further refined, scoped and the methodology to carry them out decided by Select Committee members in their October meeting. The topics prioritised, and the ways to review them, are:
- Covid-19 impact and recovery on health and social care.
- Safeguarding of vulnerable adults. This topic will be reviewed at the Select Committee’s meeting due to take place on 16 December 2020.
- Mental health in North Kensington, in the context of the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower Tragedy. A working group was set up to examine the topic in-depth.
- Primary care provision- access and networks. This topic will be examined in a single-issue meeting to be scheduled for 2021.
Share your experiences
Share your experiences of primary care
The Adult Social Care and Health Select Committee will be reviewing primary care services in the borough at their forthcoming meeting on Monday 19 April.
There had been changes to primary care services and how these are provided since the beginning of the health emergency last March 2020, and it is possible that some of these changes will become permanent. The Select Committee has invited North West London Clinical Commissioning Group to its meeting to discuss and to inform members about:
- changes to primary care services during the health emergency;
- the changes brought about by the introduction of primary care networks;
- how these changes will improve services for patients, address population health needs and health inequalities, and what would be the role of preventative measures.
In preparation for this meeting, the Select Committee would like to hear about your experiences of primary care services (your GP, pharmacy, dentist, optician services) in the borough.
If you have needed a GP, pharmacist or dentist, over the last year the Select Committee welcomes any information you can provide to inform their recommendations. We would particularly like to know:
- Does the current service provision in your area cover your needs? (please state your area and practice)
- What are the main issues that you face in relation to receiving attention and the quality of that attention?
- How could these services be improved?
Please send your responses by Monday 19 April 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org and write ‘Primary Care submission' in the subject line. Please also state clearly who the submission is from (whether from yourself in a personal capacity or sent on behalf of an organisation).
Share your experiences as a primary care provider
If you are GP surgery providing care to residents in the borough –particularly if you serve the communities in any of the following: King’s Road, World’s End Estate, Foreland surgery, Guinness Estate and Golborne Road areas— the Select Committee welcomes any information you can provide to inform their recommendations. We would like to know:
- What has been the impact on patients of the way service delivery has changed since the pandemic? (please state your area / practice)
- What are the main issues that you face in relation to providing attention and the quality of the attention you’re able to provide?
- In your view, are there patients at risk of losing out?
- How are Primary Care Networks impacting on the way services are delivered?
- How could the service be improved?
Please send your responses by Friday 30 April 2021 to email@example.com and write ‘Primary Care submission’ in the subject line. Please also state clearly who the submission is from (whether from yourself in a personal capacity or sent on behalf of a practice).”
How we will use your responses
Your responses will be read by the Adult Social Care and Health Select Committee members, as well as by the Scrutiny Team, yet kept confidentially (where possible ). They will only be used for the intended purpose and we will not share them with other Council Departments or external bodies. They will be fully considered and will inform the Select Committee’s recommendations.
The Select Committee held a Special Meeting on the merger announced by the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust on Thursday 19 November 2020.
This merger is linked to changes in service delivery for congenital (present at birth) and children’s heart disease and it could have an impact on patients and the wider health economy. It is the impact on patients and the wider health economy that the Select Committee set out to scrutinise.
The Select Committee invited the Trusts and North West London health partners, including West London Clinical Commissioning Group; Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust; NHS England and Healthwatch to a special meeting to answer their questions.
The health organisations spoke about the rationale for the merger, its impact on patients and residents and on the wider health economy in North West London. They answered questions from the Select Committee and other attendees. Residents were invited to attend the meeting and ask questions about the merger proposal.
As a result of the discussion, the Select Committee Chair wrote a letter to the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, on behalf of the Select Committee, to ask the Council of Governors of the Trust to defer their decision to approve the merger application.
Last year the Select Committee reviewed Palliative care in the borough.