The Board received a presentation from the Chief Executive, David Parr, on ‘One Halton Place Based Care’.
The Board was advised that the aim of One Halton was to deliver a single fully integrated place based health, wellbeing and social care system for the people of Halton, that had wellness at its heart but also addressed the health and social care needs of the local community of Halton, wherever possible from within Halton, and was easy to access, cost effective, high quality and clinically robust.
It was announced that the plan was in its development phase and would build on the health and social care expertise that already existed in Halton. The delivery and support of the plan was discussed and it was noted that the Health and Wellbeing Board would be the Governing Body of the plan, responsible for scrutinising all consultation responses.
Also included in the presentation to Members was the Healthy New Town Wellness Centre. This was one of 10 demonstrator sites selected by NHS England but was unique, as it was the only site with a hospital at its centre. This opportunity was highlighted, in that it would enable Halton to create a Health and Wellbeing Campus at the very heart of Halton Lea.
Finally, the Board was informed of the arrangements that had been in place within NHS Halton CCG since 4 February 2018, following the departure of NHS Halton CCG’s Interim Accountable Officer.
Following the presentation the Chair invited comments from Board Members and the following points were clarified:
· There would be four multi-discipline GP ‘hubs’, two in Runcorn and two in Widnes. No health centres would be closed or moved;
· The staff who will work in the hubs were already there, it would be a more efficient use of resources as they would be working differently;
· Although people may want to be seen by their GP when they were unwell, in most cases (after hearing GP feedback) they could be seen by other professionals, thus freeing up GP resources;
· Patient consultation and engagement sessions had taken place which were documented and would continue to take place through 2018 in conjunction with Members and partners within the local health economy;
· Halton Council had submitted a £40m bid to improve Halton Hospital into the 2020’s;
· The development of the Healthy New Town masterplan would take into consideration shops and services already available in the area;
· Halton General Hospital would only be demolished after the state-of-the-art Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre had been extended to accommodate all services currently delivered in the Hospital.
Members were invited to discuss the One Halton Place Based Care plan further with the Chief Executive and the CCG and it was agreed that the presentation be sent to all 56 Members of the Council.
RESOLVED: That the Board notes the report and receives the presentation.