Report by the Director of Adult Social Care and Health.
10.1 The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Adult Social Care and Health regarding proposed changes to the Integrated Health and Wellbeing Service model that will commence from 1 April 2024.
10.2 The Lead Member RESOLVED to:
1) Note the key themes from the public consultation in response to the proposed change to the Integrated Health and Wellbeing Service (IHWS);
2) Note the additional requirements to be included within the specification for the new service that address the key themes from the public consultation;
3) Note the summary and action plan from the IHWS equality impact assessment;
4) Approve the proposed changes to the service model for the IHWS (set out in paragraph 1.4 of the report) which will commence on 1 April 2024 following a procurement process, due to commence July 2023; and
5) Delegate to the Director of Adult Social Care and Health, all necessary actions to give effect to the implementation of the revised model of delivery for the IHWS, including award of the contract.
10.3 The findings of the public consultation, engagement meetings and equality impact assessment (EqIA) analysis support the need to provide a service that reflects and balances both proportionate universalism and personalised care. The findings of the public consultation and engagement meetings provide evidence of support for the proposed change to the IHWS (as set out in paragraph 1.4 of the report), with almost 60% of respondents in agreement with the change. For those who disagreed with the proposal, approximately half of the comments indicated a slight misunderstanding of the flexibility that would be available as part of the new service model (for which their comments were largely attributed to). All comments and feedback have been reviewed and a number of additional requirements will be included within the specification for the new service in order to effectively address the key themes arising from the consultation and EqIA.