Agenda and minutes

Venue: ND Council, Brynsworthy, Barnstaple

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Apologies For Absence

To receive apologies for absence from the meeting.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors S Harding and L Ford.


Urgent Matters Brought Forward With the Permission Of The Chair


There were no urgent matters brought forward.


Declaration Of Interests

Members with interests should refer to the agenda item and describe the nature of their interest when the item is considered.



Members were reminded that declarations of interest should be made as and when the specific agenda item to which they related was under discussion.



Agreement Of Agenda Items Part I and II


There were no Part II items.


National Health Service - Long Term Plan pdf icon PDF 725 KB

Presentation by John Finn, Associate Director of Commissioning, Northern Devon and Eastern/Planned Care and Cancer, NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group.


The Chair, Councillor Pennington, introduced the guest speaker and invited him to commence his Presentation.


Mr John Finn, Associate Director of Commissioning, Northern Devon and Eastern/Planned Care and Cancer, NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, introduced himself and thanked the meeting for the invitation to speak.


Mr Finn commenced his presentation by advising that he had committed most of his life to Devon Planned Care and proceeded to give a summary of his personal history with the NHS.    He extended an open request to attend a Committee meeting if asked to do so.


The slide presentation giving details of the NHS Long Term Plan included :


·         Directions for the NHS over the next five years and how the £20.5bn additional funding to meet rising demand will be spent


·         Health and Wellbeing ongoing challenges – biggest change in the Plan and main priority being poor mental health and wellbeing contributed to by social isolation and loneliness. 


·         Joint Health and Wellbeing strategy priorities


·         District and City Councils at the hear of population health


·         Refresh of the Devon Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy


·         Engagement and influencing opportunities


·         Building on system progress


·         Working Together - the importance of partnership working rather than by one organisation was highlighted.


There was a question and answer session following each slide presentation.


During the discussion the key issues raised by Members comprised the following:


·         The inclusion of housing within the Plan – this item was noted with interest as little input had been received from the Health Care Trust into the Joint Local Plan. 


·         Mental Health, including funding,  is a priority as part of the long term plan.  When discussing this item, Mr Finn reiterated his comments with regard to attending a future meeting to present on the strategic priorities for mental health. 


·         Lessons to be learnt from the following incidents :



IT issues at Torbay following a power crash – an Internal critical incident response was implemented.  


Major coach accident.  A report to be available in due course.


·         “One Bideford”  -  it was confirmed that Hartland is included in One Bideford.  There is also “Torrington 100” and one in Holsworthy to start shortly.


·         Impact of Brexit on the Health Service and medical supplies – Mr Finn confirmed that, although there is an issue with medical supplies, not due to Brexit, there is sufficient stock in the system to allow for a shortage.  Recruitment will be a real issue and will impact particularly on nursing.


·         Recruitment and training of staff – this is one of the key challenges.  A suggestion put forward was to undertake a national recruitment campaign for nurses and specialist personnel.  Mr Finn agreed to take the suggestion back.  He explained there is a national campaign being carried out at present but it does not cover this area as there are no teaching hospitals within the local district.  He informed the meeting of the difficulties with recruiting specialist staff in certain fields - Plymouth University are looking to offer specific courses.


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