Agenda and minutes

Virtual Meeting, Health and Social Care Scrutiny Sub-Committee - Tuesday 23 February 2021 6.30 pm

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No. Item


Attendance by Reserve Members

To note the attendance at this meeting of any duly appointed Reserve Members.


Reserve Members may attend meetings:-


(i)            to take the place of an ordinary Member for whom they are a reserve;

(ii)          where the ordinary Member will be absent for the whole of the meeting; and

(iii)         the meeting notes at the start of the meeting at the item ‘Reserves’ that the Reserve Member is or will be attending as a reserve;

(iv)         if a Reserve Member whose intention to attend has been noted arrives after the commencement of the meeting, then that Reserve Member can only act as a Member from the start of the next item of business on the agenda after his/her arrival.


RESOLVED:  To note that there were no Reserve Members in attendance.


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 8 KB

To receive declarations of disclosable pecuniary or non pecuniary interests, arising from business to be transacted at this meeting, from:


(a)          all Members of the Sub-Committee;

(b)          all other Members present.


RESOLVED:  To note that the declaration of interests, which had been published on the Council website, be taken as read and that during the course of the meeting:


(1)          Councillor Janet Mote, a member of the Sub-Committee, declared a nonpecuniary interest in relation to Item 7: Mount Vernon Cancer Services Review Update in that she received treatment at Mount Vernon. She would remain in the room whilst the matter was considered.


(2)          Councillor Natasha Proctor, a member of the Sub-Committee, declared a nonpecuniary interest in relation to item 7: Mount Vernon Cancer Services Review Update in that her Mother received treatment at Mount Vernon. She would remain in the room whilst the was considered.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 141 KB

That the minutes of the meeting held on [DATE] be taken as read and signed as a correct record.


RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 19 November 2020, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.


Public Questions

To receive any public questions received in accordance with Committee Procedure Rule 17 (Part 4B of the Constitution).


Questions will be asked in the order in which they were received.  There will be a time limit of 15 minutes for the asking and answering of public questions.


[The deadline for receipt of public questions is 3.00 pm, <DATE>.  Questions should be sent to  

No person may submit more than one question].


RESOLVED: To note that no public questions had been received.



To receive petitions (if any) submitted by members of the public/Councillors under the provisions of Committee Procedure Rule 15 (Part 4B of the Constitution).


RESOLVED:  To note that no petitions had been received.


References from Council and Other Committees/Panels

To receive any references from Council and/or other Committees or Panels.


None received.

Resolved Items


Mount Vernon Cancer Services Review - Update

Presentation to follow.


The Sub-Committee received a presentation from NHS England and NHS Improvement representatives which provided an update on the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre Review.


Officers outlined the presentation, focusing on the following key points:


·                     Of the number of patients the hospital received over the past three years, Harrow CCG made up 9% of patients received, with 1,080 individual patients in 2019/20.


·                     Independent advice was received on what could be improved at the site, they had found that there was a lack of intensive care, a lack of co-located acute support, an increased number of co-morbidities and that there were complex arrangements with many other trusts.


·                     The programme board considered feedback from independent reviews as well as patient and staff feedback and ultimately supported the recommendation from the Independent Clinical Group for a new single site cancer centre on an acute site alongside access to chemotherapy as well as consideration of radiotherapy.


·                     It was noted that only one acute site fully met the essential criteria for a new site.


·                     Harrow represented 22% of the feedback received from the patient and public engagement that had taken place.


The representative concluded by outlining ongoing work and what had been planned for the next steps, this included:


·                     That the development of options for the Watford General Hospital site was to be continued, improved access to chemotherapy with a possible location being Hillingdon Hospital as well as networked radiotherapy.


·                     The transfer of the management of services to University College Hospital London was a recommendation as it was noted that this should be overseen by a specialist cancer hospital.


·                     That improvements were to continue to be carried out at Mount Vernon.


·                     Capital funding discussions are to be continued and that public consultation would not take place until funding had been secured.


·                     Patient and public engagement to be continued.


Members raised a number of questions which were responded to by the representatives as follows:


·                     The staff engagement had taken place throughout the process alongside the patient and public engagement.  This was done through a number of ways such as meetings, surveys as well as organised sessions.


·                     Redundancies were unlikely due to current vacancies and moving the service could aid in staff retention.  Moving the clinical team as a whole was the goal.


·                     There was a requirement to study data gathered on the low uptake of radiotherapy by Harrow residents to allow for a greater understanding as to why this was the case. This would help further improve cancer outcomes for Harrow residents.


·                     The benefits and disadvantages of this move were being explored in an inequalities impact assessment had been planned to be carried out by Public Health England for the move to the Watford site.  This had allowed an opportunity to mitigate those changes.


·                     There would be enough space for equipment to be transferred to the new site, communication had been ongoing regarding the build and ultimately subjected to consultations and funding.


·                     Networked radiotherapy was at a stage where location, sizing and functionality of a satellite radiotherapy service  ...  view the full minutes text for item 98.


Update on Health and Social Care Response to Covid-19 pdf icon PDF 2 MB


·         Local Infection Rates

·         Vaccination Programme and Testing

·         Access to Primary Care

·         Staff Resilience and Wellbeing


Presentation to follow.



The Sub-Committee received a presentation from the Directors of Public Health and Adult Social Care which provided an update on the latest Covid-19 figures in Harrow as well as the borough’s response to the pandemic.  This also included information on local infection rates, the vaccination program and testing, access to primary care and staff resilience and well-being.


The Director of Public Health outlined the presentation, focusing on a number of key points:


·                     Rate of infections in Harrow, at the time of the reporting stood at 118.6 per 100 000 of population, which had decreased by nearly 85% since January.  With the highest infection rates seen in 25- to 59-year-olds.  Those over 80 had also proved to be significant demographic when it came to infection rates.


·                     Testing had softened recently as expected with the reduction in the rate of infection reported in the community.  Actions to increase testing rates continued with promotions, public engagement, improved access to a new site at Kenton Rec and additional testing days at the Civic Centre.


·                     It was highlighted that those who were identified as ‘clinically vulnerable’ in Harrow increased to 21,400 as at 17 February 2021.


·                     Vaccination centres had been opened across three sites within Harrow and three smaller, pharmacy sites had also been opened.  A location for a mass vaccination site had been identified but was yet to be operational.  Roving teams had been working within Harrow to allow for mobile vaccinations for those who were house-bound or in care homes.  Recently, same day access clinics had been tested in low uptake areas


·                     Uptake of the vaccine had continued to be encouraged, especially with BAME groups as well as certain frontline council staff eligible for the vaccine.


·                     General Practice remained to be focused on the delivery of essential services, to ensure there was capacity for the delivery of the vaccination programme as well as provision for urgent and emergency care for patients.


·                     The eConsultation model was a key component to streamlining services such as receiving advice, booking/cancelling appointments and having a consultation with a healthcare professional.  These services allowed for patients to contact their GP from home without having to wait or take time out to travel to the practice.  Harrow CCG had committed funding through the Primary Care Networks (PCNs) for continued development of this strategy to take place.


·                     Surveys and continued meetings had taken place in Adult Services in order for staff resilience to be monitored.  This resulted in actions plans drawn up for issues to be addressed.  Wellbeing resources had been promoted with wellbeing having been a focus in daily/weekly meetings.


Members welcomed the update and in the followed discussion, asked a series of questions which were responded to as follows:


·                     A lot of engagement opportunities had been implemented with communities in Harrow.  The Community Champion Fund received £500,000 which was being used for community engagement.  This led to discussion on the role Councillors had when it came to engagement in their wards and for the measures to be continually adhered  ...  view the full minutes text for item 99.


Update from NW London Joint Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 224 KB


The Sub-Committee received a report, which set out the discussions held at the meeting of the North West London Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny  Committee (JHOSC) on 14 January 2021.


RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.