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Minutes of the meeting held on 24 November pdf icon PDF 230 KB


Resolved: the minutes of the last meeting were agreed as a true record.


Declarations of interest pdf icon PDF 200 KB


·         Councillor John Muldoon is a governor of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

·         Councillor Jacq Paschoud has a family member in receipt of a package of adult social care.

·         Councillor Colin Elliot is a Council appointee to the Lewisham Disability Coalition.



Responses from Mayor and Cabinet


There were no responses at this meeting



Health and adult social care integration - evidence session pdf icon PDF 149 KB

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Roz Hardie (Director, Lewisham Disability Coalition) spoke and the following key points were noted: 

·         The integration of health and social care is an important issue for members of the Lewisham Disability Coalition. Members want to help shape things by sharing their experience of where services do and don’t join up, but are currently unsure about where they can take their ideas.

·         The Lewisham Disability Coalition welcomed the engagement events organised by the Scrutiny Manager and Healthwatch. They said it’s essential to hear from the people using services.

·         The voluntary sector is involved in a lot of innovation and collaboration on the front line of support provision, but it should also be more involved in strategy and planning. The Lewisham Disability Coalition is very keen to be involved, and are pleased to hear that the integration programme has recently been talking to voluntary sector organisations.

·         Many of those who approach to the Lewisham Disability Coalition for support are experiencing complex health problems. Given this, the Lewisham Disability Coalition are particularly keen to explore opportunities to work closer with health professionals.

·         The impact of welfare reform, and the crisis around benefits sanctions, is also a huge issue having a detrimental impact on people living with disabilities in the borough.

·         A significant proportion of people who come to the Lewisham Disability Coalition for help have a complex series of needs – often welfare-related financial or housing problems – and usually need some form of advocacy or casework support.

·         The Lewisham Disability Coalition do not have a position on universal basic income, but think that it could be, in principle, a good thing.

·         The Lewisham Disability Coalition work closely with partners on issues such as safeguarding and keeping warm, and are also looking to work more closely with social care.


Nigel Bowness (Chair for Work Plan Committee, Healthwatch) spoke and the following key points were noted:

·         As part of the Committee’s review, the Scrutiny Manager worked in partnership with Healthwatch to organise a series of engagement events to hear the views of specific groups of people who use health and social care services.

·         Three events were held and the experiences of more than 70 people were gathered. This included people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and mental health needs.

·         Overall, the evidence from the people engaged with indicates that the challenges faced by the wider health and care system are impacting on vulnerable people.

·         People did not tend to distinguish between good and bad providers, they just wanted to be supported by compassionate, polite, respectful, and culturally competent professionals.

·         The majority of people valued the services they received, but they were concerned that they were being reduced. People were particularly concerned about a reduction in choice and control over what they could do.

·         There was some particular concern about customer service-related issues – for example, how long it took to get an assessment and how easy it was to communicate with social services.

·         People particularly valued those care workers who gave that little bit  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Primary care transformation and access to GP services pdf icon PDF 431 KB

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Dr Marc Rowland (Chair, Lewisham CCG) and colleagues introduced the report. The following key points were noted:

·         The officer report provides an overview of the situation in primary care following the refresh of the primary care strategy – Developing GP Services (2016-2021). The four priorities of the strategy are: proactive care, accessible care, coordinated care, and continuity of care.

·         GPs in Lewisham are under increasing pressure from population growth, widening health inequalities, and an ageing population with increasingly complex conditions.

·         GPs have been working together around neighbourhoods since 2008, to try to shift activity and resources from secondary to primary care. The CCG’s vision is for sustainable development of primary and community care, which is embedded within, and working together with, local communities and neighbourhood networks.

·         Primary care will be increasingly delivered at scale and make better use of technology. It will also make better use of the buildings at its use and support the development of the local workforce to address shortages. Primary care in Lewisham is on the verge of a great improvement. 

·         The CCG has recently applied to move from the existing arrangement of co-commissioning of primary care services with NHS England to delegated commissioning, giving the CCG full responsibility for commissioning GP services. The new arrangement will start in April this year if the application is successful. 

·         The CCG has also recently started a primary care assessment pilot at the urgent care centre at Lewisham Hospital. This means that the first point of contact for patients arriving at the hospital will be a GP. Since October 2016, 60% of those seen under the pilot were treated by the GP they saw or redirected to an appropriate alternative service.

·         Five practices towards the north of the borough are planning to merge to become a partnership. It will be a gradual, “evolutionary” merger focused on back-office functions, allowing for economies of scale. Patients will see very little change in service. The partnership is also looking to work with the council to take on apprentices to build its own workforce to address shortages.

·         The partnership’s business plan will involve looking at the buildings it has to use. Some current practices are not fit for purpose, but there may be opportunities for some other practices to expand. This is high on the agenda and sites are currently being looked at.

·         One Health Lewisham is the overall federation of all 40 General Practices in Lewisham. It is a limited company, wholly owned by the GP surgeries of Lewisham. It aims to working collaboratively to ensure high quality, equitable, and sustainable primary care across Lewisham.

·         Many GP practices are struggling to remain financially viable, and GPs are becoming increasingly reluctant to become partners – including in Lewisham. This situation was exacerbated by the way the recent Department Health service charge request was handled.

·         GPs in the borough are also looking at ways GP services are delivered. Traditional GP consultation slots may not be right for the future. May have to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Adult learning Lewisham annual report pdf icon PDF 945 KB


Gerald Jones (Adult Learning Lewisham Manager) introduced the report. The following key points were noted:

·         The seven strategic objectives of Adult Learning Lewisham (ALL) are: outcomes, quality, safeguarding, community, environment, staff, and finance.

·         In terms of outcomes, during 2015/16, success rates for learners remained very high, at 92%. And 42% of learners progressed into employment, further training, independent living or voluntary work.

·         In terms of quality, ALL has moved away from assessment based on observing and grading lessons, and instead moved towards a less judgemental process of using self-reflection and leader guidance to create action plans. 97% of learners in 2015/16 rated the quality of teaching and learning as either good or excellent.

·         Following the London-wide Area Review process, set up to address the financial problems in further education, ALL has been working closely with regional partners. The review recommended more collaboration across councils and some colleges around London are losing funding and may have to merge.

·         In terms of the learning environment, ALL has developed a new accommodation strategy for the next three years. The first phase of this will involve work to make ALL buildings more visible, attractive and inviting to new learners.

·         In terms of staff, in 2016 ALL successfully achieved the Matrix standard, the national kitemark for providing information, advice and guidance to learners to help them make the right choice. The kitemark shows that advice from ALL staff will be fair and impartial.

·         Looking ahead, ALL will be collaborating more closely with partners across the sub-region to look at ways to be more efficient. ALL will also be looking into whether common outcome measures could be used that show ALL’s contribution to other parts of the council’s work, including public health, social care, and wellbeing.

·         During 2016, ALL helped to establish the Disability Confident and Transition Steering Group. This brings together education, social care, economic development and Job Centre Plus, in order to find ways to help adults with learning difficulties into work, training and education.

·         ALL are able to give advice to learners with disabilities about what can be done to help with their learning experience – the use of assistive technology, for example.


Resolved: the committee noted the report.



Select Committee work programme pdf icon PDF 188 KB

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John Bardens (Scrutiny Manager) introduced the report.

·         The Scrutiny Manager advised the committee that the elective orthopaedics item on the agenda for March would need to be pushed back to April to fit in with the programme team’s new timeline.

Resolved: the Committee agreed the work programme



Referrals to Mayor and Cabinet


Resolved: the Committee noted the witnesses’ evidence and agreed to make a referral to the Health and Wellbeing Board based on the questions submitted in written evidence by the Lewisham Pensioners’ Forum.