The committee chose to scrutinise the following Cabinet Board items:
Trem y Glyn Residential Care Home Feasibility Study
The Committee received information on the proposal to undertake a feasibility study into the options of keeping Trem y Glyn residential care home open post 2022 as detailed in the circulated report.
It was explained that the feasibility study only related to Trem y Glyn. This formed part of future planning and looking at a variety of ways of supporting people with different needs going forward.
The Committee asked if the evaluation would be the same as previously undertaken where it was identified that the need for residential care was reducing. It was explained that it was the strategy that had changed from Direct Payments to developing additional options for residential care.
Confirmation was given that all external and internal requests for care were logged and data was available on numbers. Currently, demand was very high.
Members were pleased with the proposal for consideration today and looked forward to the outcome of the feasibility study when it was brought back to a future meeting.
Following scrutiny, the Committee was supportive of the proposal to be considered by the Cabinet Board.
Children and Young People and Adult Services – 1st Quarter (April 19 – June 19) Performance Report
Members received an overview of the Children and Young People and Adult Services 1st Quarter Performance data as detailed in the circulated report.
The Committee was pleased that the percentage of Adult at Risk enquiries completed within 7 days had increased.
Members raised the following queries:
· The numbers of services users in hospital waiting for social care to be put in place prior to discharge had increased why? Also, what would the impact of the changes to the Domiciliary Service be on the figures? It was explained that the increase in numbers was due to winter pressures and then staff taking leave by the end of September/October which had resulted in high numbers. This would see an improvement in the next quarter. The review of the service had resulted in increased capacity to deal with people with complex needs.
· Members asked that the numbers of people waiting for assessment or reassessment of need to be added to the Adult and Children and Young People Services High Level Measures Report for monitoring.
· Members asked that the Disabled Facilities Grant Report previously submitted to be brought back to Committee.
Following Scrutiny, it was agreed that the report be noted.
Western Bay Carers Partnership Board Annual Report 2018 -19
Members asked that Social Care, Health and Wellbeing Cabinet Board consider deferring this item. There was no officer from the Western Bay Carers Partnership Board available to present the report. The Social Care, Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Chair would write to Western Bay asking for assurances that a representative would present the report to a future meeting. Questions from the Scrutiny Committee to be included in the letter.
Hillside Behaviour Management Policy
The Committee received a briefing on the Hillside Behaviour Management Policy as detailed in the circulated report.
Discussion took place on the reason why records of control, restraint or discipline were not completed immediately rather than within 24 hours. Officers explained that the documentation was completed as soon as possible but the statutory requirement was that they must be completed within 24 hours unless there were exceptional circumstances.
Members emphasised their concern and asked that the Social Care, Health and Wellbeing Cabinet Board considers amending the Policy to state that all records of control, restraint and discipline were fully completed as soon as possible and no later than 24 hours of the incident unless under exceptional circumstances.
Reassurances were given that the correct staff ratios were in place and the Senior Management Team notified of any changes.
Following scrutiny, the Committee was supportive of the proposal to be considered by Cabinet Board subject to the following amendment:
Page 157 of the Policy as attached to the circulated report under The Registered Manager (RM) will ensure that, bullet point 7 be amended to state that all records of control, restraint and discipline are fully completed as soon as possible and no later than 24 hours of the incident unless under exceptional circumstances.