Agenda and minutes

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Apologies For Absence

To receive apologies for absence from the meeting.


Apologies for absence were received from Kenton Baker and Councillor Hawkins.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 164 KB

Confirmation of the Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 19th January 2022.


It was proposed by Councillor Langford, seconded by Councillor Leather and




That the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 19th January be agreed as a correct record.


(Vote: yes 5, no 0, abstentions 2)


Public Participation

15 minute period for public contributions


No requests for public participation were received for the meeting.


Action List pdf icon PDF 113 KB


Chair reviewed the action list with members.  The Head of Legal and Governance (Monitoring Officer) updated members that Community & Resources Committee had requested a report in relation to the requested uplift in CAB funding for 2022-23. This would come to a future meeting.


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.


Urgent Matters Brought Forward With the Permission Of The Chair


There were no urgent matters to discuss.


Health Trust Integration & Our Future Hospital Programme

An opportunity to hear from partners in Health regarding the integration of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) and The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E), as well as an update on the Our Future Hospital Programme.


Katherine Allen Head of Strategy introduced herself and explained the purpose of the presentation, which would provide members with an update regarding the integration of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) and The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E), as well as an update on the Our Future Hospital Programme.


A detailed presentation summarised the key issues for NDHT and the health of the North Devon population. The Head of Strategy also provided members with the reasoning behind the merger which is planned for April 2022 and the historic partnership work that has already been taking place with RD&E. Specific mention was made of the changes put in place since 2018, and how challenges have been addressed since then – with the Trusts managing workforce retention through mutual support and joint working.


The Head of Strategy went on to explain the consultation process for the merger of the 2 Boards and the impact of there being no change or merger for North Devon. 


Zahara Hyde Programme Manager for Our Future Hospital introduced herself to members and provided an update on the programme, which was looking to ensure the future of the NDDH site and building acute services for the future as part of the integration of the two Boards.


Members were provided with the detail of Government investment nationally, specifically the Health Infrastructure Programme. It was explained how this would be filtering down to the new Trust over the 10 year funding cycle.


The case for change was explained to members and the aim to move NDDH to a more modern and digital approach to care, including modernising an aging estate and being able to manage future challenges like an increasing and ageing population.  


The 5 ambitions of the programme were highlighted to members with a specific mention of accessibility of services, in terms of physical access, accessing information about care and how people wish to access their care.


The Programme Manager explained the phased approach to the project and set out proposed timelines. 


It was confirmed that phase 0 – a new digital patient records linking NDDH and RDE, which aims to provide a more seamless and modern model of care - was already in development and due to be launched in July 2022


The following phases of the project would start at the stage the new build is approved. These phases would address the issues of having an ageing site. Aiming to make NDDH a more attractive place to work, and more fit for purpose. The Programme Manager talked about the building of a new hospital block for critical care services and planned work and refurbishment within the main building of NDDH – to meet future needs of patient wards.  


During the presentation members queried whether the new digital patient records would link with social care.  


The Head of Strategy recognised the need for more integrated working between the services given the shared client base they work with. However, it was explained that there  ...  view the full minutes text for item 127.


Consideration Of The Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 209 KB


Chair reviewed the Forward Plan with members and the following items were suggested for future Committees:


·       Access to Dentistry for residents in Torridge. It was suggested that Clinical Commissioning team be contacted for a representative.

·       Invite extended to Alabare – supported living providers in Bideford.


During discussion regarding Alabare Councillor Woodhouse requested that details of the provider were shared, as she had unspent Councillor grant money to use before April.


It was agreed that the Public Health and Housing Manager would pass on contact details for Alabare.


The April committee with South West Water and Environment Agency was discussed and it was agreed that members could register their questions.  It was confirmed that Councillor Brenton’s Notice of Motion would be forwarded to partners, along with any member questions in advance of the meeting.


It was explained that North Devon District Council had been invited to attend in April but were requesting more detail on the outcome of the meeting.  Democratic Services would be contacting them next week to confirm the details and invite.