Agenda and minutes

East Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board - Tuesday, 8th December, 2020 2.30 pm

Venue: CC2, County Hall, Lewes. View directions

Contact: Harvey Winder, Democratic Services Officer  01273 481796


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Minutes of meeting of Health and Wellbeing Board held on 17 September pdf icon PDF 162 KB

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22.1.      The minutes of the meeting held on 17th September were agreed as a correct record.



Apologies for absence

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23.1.      Apologies for absence were received from Sarah MacDonald and Cllr John Barnes.

23.2.      The Chair welcomed new members and invited observers to the Board

  • Mark Stainton replacing Keith Hinkley as the Director of Adult Social Care member
  • Joe Chadwick-Bell replacing Adrian Bull as the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) member.
  • Mark Matthews replacing Mark Andrews as the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service representative.



Disclosure by all members present of personal interests in matters on the agenda

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24.1.      There were no declarations of interest.



Urgent items

Notification of items which the Chair considers to be urgent and proposes to take at the end of the agenda. Any members who wish to raise urgent items are asked, wherever possible, to notify the Chair before the start of the meeting. In so doing, they must state the special circumstances which they consider justify the matter being considered urgently


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25.1.      There were no urgent items



East Sussex Health and Social Care Programme - update report pdf icon PDF 415 KB

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26.1.      The Board considered a report providing an update on progress with implementing the revised integration programme after the first phase of COVID-19.

26.2.      The Board asked whether health inequalities impact assessments should be mandatory for all future integration projects, rather than just optional, and whether the East Sussex Health and Social Care Plan (ESHSCP) can include specific reference to how it plans to improve the health and wellbeing of Black and Minority Ethnic Communities (BAME) communities and health and care workers in East Sussex.

26.3.      Jessica Britton, Executive Managing Director, East Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said understanding and tackling health inequalities is integral to the ESHSCP and the population’s health needs are kept under continual review. in addition, a specific piece of work on population health needs has recently been undertaken that enables the ESHSCP to understand health inequalities in East Sussex based on specific areas of need, e.g. geographical location. She added that targeted and specific investment has also been made into Hastings through the CCG’s Healthy Hastings and Rother programme in support of identified needs of the local population. The HWB will continue to have a role in improving the health of the whole East Sussex population, including identifying areas of inequalities that can be focussed on.

26.4.      Dr David Warden, Chair of the East Sussex CCG, said the local response to the NHS Long Term Plan submitted by the ESHCP clearly states a strong desire to focus on prevention. The challenges are that it requires additional resources to create the preventative care services that will address these health inequalities, and that it can take several years or more to see the benefit of preventative services once they are in place.

26.5.      Mark Stainton, Director of Adult Social Care, added that addressing health inequalities, particularly amongst the BAME community is a key priority of all ESHCP partners, including East Sussex County Council, and will therefore be a key part of any integration plan that is developed. One of the strengths of the Target Operating Model for community health and social care services in East Sussex is that it effectively divides the county into eight localities and that means that each can focus on and target the differing health needs of the particular local population. He said this is one of the ways the practical ways in which the ESHCP will work to address health inequalities.

26.6.      Jessica Britton also reminded the Board that the Sussex Health and Care Partnership – the Integrated Care System (ICS) – has a specific programme of work for BAME population and staff, and the East Sussex Health and Social Care System Partnership Board recently reviewed this work and agreed that the findings will help inform and strengthen ESHCP integration plans.

26.7.      The Board asked whether a primary care review of GP provision in Hastings will be undertaken.

26.8.      Jessica Britton said the East Sussex CCG – through it Primary Care Commissioning Committee – already regularly reviews primary care provision in East  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.


East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children's Board Annual Report pdf icon PDF 373 KB

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27.1.      The Board considered a report on the multi-agency arrangements in place to safeguard children in East Sussex.

27.2.      The Board asked whether the number of sexual offences against children was high compared to other counties.

27.3.      Reg Hooke, East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership Independent Chair, said that when the Police figures on the number of crimes reported have been scrutinised, they are similar to the national average. Stuart Gallimore, Director of Children’s Services, said East Sussex County Council works with colleagues in the NHS, Probation services and the Police to identify early young people who are at risk and act proactively to try and help them. This can be made more difficult where the young person does not perceive what is happening as abuse and sides with the abuser. He added that a paper recently went to the Youth Justice Board seeking ways that additional money can be obtained to focus more on this area of work.

27.4.      The Board asked what was being done to improve the transition period between children’s and adult services, for example, for Type 1 Diabetes.

27.5.      Reg Hooke said that the Partnership undertook a discussion about whether there should be a focus on transition and discussed it with the Adults Safeguarding Board. Whilst it is not a specific priority, there is an ongoing piece of work between the Partnership and the Board about transition services. Nationally, Research in Practice has published national research on the challenges of transition services and what can best be done to reduce them.

27.6.      The Board RESOLVED to note the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership Annual Report for 2019-2020.



East Sussex Outbreak Control Plan Update pdf icon PDF 30 KB

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28.1.      The Board considered a report seeking approval of the refreshed East Sussex Outbreak Control Plan.

28.2.      The Board asked what the future would be for the testing sites and the mobile testing units during 2021.

28.3.      Darrell Gale confirmed that testing will be needed alongside vaccination sites for some considerable time to come yet. The testing capacity in East Sussex includes a core of mobile test sites, which will this week be in Heathfield and Hastings, that are deployed in locations that ensure there is a wide geographic spread of testing available and that testing is available in those areas where numbers are increasing.

28.4.      Darrell Gale explained that the current test sites are offering the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests that take 24 hours or more to get a result but are more accurate than lateral flow tests. Lateral flow testing give an indicative result within about half an hour and can be used for mass testing, such as has been used in Liverpool; used in care homes to allow relatives to visit care home residents; and used where there has been an outbreak, such as in Medway. Discussions are ongoing whether there is the need in East Sussex to scale up lateral flow testing given the logistics needed, but currently there does not appear to be the need to do so.

28.5.      The Board asked for an update on the two Sussex Health and Care Partnership BAME COVID-19 disparity programme workstreams set up to reduce illness and mortality amongst BAME health and care workers and the BAME general population.

28.6.      Darrell Gale said that the two workstreams will be reporting early in the new year, as they still require further work. This is because the workstreams are relying on very dated data from the 2011 census survey to understand the communities, so more work had to be done initially to update this information. One of the workstreams includes a needs assessment of the whole of Sussex of the BAME communities.

28.7.      The Board asked how the previous report into the impact of COVID-19 on the BAME community by Hastings Voluntary Actions was commissioned, as the report did not include the experiences of the BAME health and care workers and the report’s Board did not have any women on it.

28.8.      Darrell Gale said he did not know the detail of the HVA report or its remit, however, he said he would liaise outside the meeting to understand more about the concerns of the BAME community in Hastings had with the report and how best they can be engaged with across the county. He agreed it was unusual to have a panel comprising solely of men.

28.9.      The Board asked for more information on how the vaccine will be rolled out.

28.10.   Darrell Gale said that the priority groups and logistics for the roll out of the vaccine are changing daily. The Pfizer vaccine is distributed in large batches of 975 and has to be stored at a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28.


Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and Assets (JSNAA) Annual Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 195 KB

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29.1.      The Board considered a report on the 2019/20 Joint Strategic Needs and Assets Assessment (JSNAA) Annual Report which outlines the updates and developments that have taken place during the year.

29.2.      The Board asked about whether the JSNAA included the health impact of climate change.

29.3.      Graham Evans, Public Health Consultant, explained that a briefing was added to the JSNAA website about a year ago which identifies some of the key issues, data and evidence on climate change available at the time. This report is due to be updated in due course as a lot more data and evidence is now available.

29.4.      The Board RESOLVED to note the 2019/20 Joint Strategic Needs and Assets Assessment Annual Report and approve future developments planned for 2020/21.



Sussex Health and Care Partnership Winter Planning pdf icon PDF 182 KB

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30.1.      The Board considered a report providing an update on progress to date in relation to winter planning.

30.2.      The Board asked how resilient the private sector nursing and care homes are given the challenges they have faced around COVID-19.

30.3.      Mark Stainton said the majority of residential, nursing and home care is provided by the independent sector. As part of the winter plan and wider COVID-19 pandemic response, the NHS and East Sussex County Council has provided the independent sector with a significant amount of support, including a linked healthcare professional at each care home.

30.4.      The Board asked whether the care system is over reliant on private sector.

30.5.      Mark Stainton said that there is a balanced economy of care in East Sussex containing a blend of private and voluntary home and care home providers, and significant public community services provided jointly by the NHS and East Sussex County Council, such as the Joint Community Rehabilitation and Crisis Response services.

30.6.      The Board asked about the physical and staffing capacity of ESHT to deliver elective work in the hospitals as well as keeping COVID-19 patients separate.

30.7.      Isabella Davis-Fernandez, Head of System Resilience, Sussex CCGs, said a wide range of modelling of different scenarios and assumptions around non-COVID-19 and COVID-19 pressures was undertaken in order to model the number of beds and staff needed for the acute hospitals in Sussex. The Winter Plan is the plan put in place to mitigate any gap between demand and the normal available supply of beds and staff. There is fairly good confidence that the plan will get the system through the winter. Due to the increasing pressures caused by COVID-19, a piece of work is being undertaken to check that assumptions about bed numbers are still accurate. Staffing is an ongoing issue and plans include hospital sites supporting each other through mutual aid. Jessica Britton said all elective admission recovery plans are still underway and are going well according to plans and there are a number of scenario models, so the system is as well prepared as it can be.

30.8.      The Board RESOLVED to note the status of the Sussex Health and Care Partnership Winter Plan 2020-21.



Work programme pdf icon PDF 274 KB

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30.1.      The Board considered its work programme.

30.2.      The Board RESOLVED to:

1) agree the work programme; and

2) agree to consider a report on the Better Care Fund at its meeting on 2nd March 2021.