Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 17th February, 2022 7.00 pm - Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Offices, Farnborough

Contact: Administrator, Adele Taylor  Tel. (01252) 398831, Email.  adele.taylor@rushmoor.gov.uk

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Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 129 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Meeting held on 9th December, 2021 (copy attached).


The Minutes of the Meeting held on 9th December, 2021 were AGREED as a correct record.



Primary Care Networks

To receive a report from Dr Louise Payne, Clinical Director, Aldershot and Dr Alice Earl, Clinical Director, Farnborough which will cover local primary care services. The report will include the impacts of the pandemic, future working arrangements and how the Primary Care Networks and the Council are working together.


The Committee welcomed Dr Alice Earl and Dr Louise Payne, Clinical Directors for Farnborough and Aldershot respectively, who were in attendance to report on local primary care services, impacts of the pandemic, future working arrangements and how the Primary Care Networks (PCN) and the Council were working together.


Dr Payne, provided an overview on Primary Care Networks and it was noted that a PCN was a group of doctors’ practices working together with other healthcare providers and appropriate organisations to deliver integrated services to residents. It was noted that the Aldershot PCN covered 48,000 patients and Farnborough PCN covered 60,000 patients.


In Aldershot, there were four practices involved in the PCN, Princes Gardens Surgery, The Border Practice, The Cambridge Practice and The Wellington Practice. The executive, and leadership and strategic management structure included, the four Practice Managers alongside the Clinical Director (Dr Payne) and a PCN Manager. Below that, additional roles within the structure included medicine management, mental health and wellbeing, care co-ordination, first contact physio and paramedic practitioners. These roles were provided through the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) a fund established to support GP practices to address the needs of their patients.


In response to the pandemic, it was noted that the PCNs had had to suspend contracts on some services to ensure patients were supported throughout. However, some services continued to be provided such as general medical services to patients and screening/immunisation services. Collaborative working had played a part in many responses to the pandemic, including the setting up of the vaccination sites in both towns (99,323 vaccines administered to date), working together across Aldershot and Farnborough PCN’s on addressing mental health matters resulting in the recruitment of a care co-ordinator funded through pooled resources, working with the Council and other partners with the aim to reduce health inequalities across the Borough and forging and building on relations within the community, in particular with the Nepali community.


Dr Earl reported on the situation in Farnborough and it was noted that, by offering more digital services throughout the pandemic, patient appointments had risen by 20%. In addition, patients had got used to seeing appropriate specialists under the additional roles scheme to address their needs. With the return to business as usual, it was noted that the PCNs would continue to develop on the experiences learnt during the height of the pandemic. However, it was advised that “return to normal” would require an element of catch up, through the management of patients whose care had been affected by the pandemic. Priority cohorts would also be targeted, with a particular drive around those with mental health issues and learning difficulties, hypertension and diabetes, amongst others. The Committee also noted that each of the six practices within the Farnborough PCN had a Mental Health Support Practitioner working within the practice to help support and improve people’s mental health. The care co-ordinator helped to guide people to who was best placed to support their needs, freeing up the doctors to treat those  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.


Education Services in Rushmoor

To receive a report from County Councillor Roz Chadd, Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services. The report will provide information on attainment levels for 2021, prospects for 2022, skills issues/gaps and collaboration with district authorities.


The Committee welcomed County Councillor (CC) Roz Chadd, Executive Lead Member for Education and Skills, who was in attendance to provide an update on attainment levels in 2021, prospects for 2022, skills issues/gaps and collaboration with district authorities.


CC Chadd, gave an overview of the primary schools in the Borough, of which there were 30, four of which were academies. In relation to the OFSTED ratings, 83% rated as “good” locally compared to 85% nationally and 43% were rated “outstanding” compared to 21% nationally. Four schools “required improvements”, one of which was an academy, the three maintained schools were being supported by Hampshire County Council (HCC) and it was hoped that each would achieve a “good” OFSTED rating when next reviewed. It was noted that no schools were rated “inadequate” in the Borough.


With regard to the attainment levels in the primary schools, it was noted that no formal examinations had taken place during the pandemic, however key stages (KS) 1&2 levels were strong in comparison to national data. Across Hampshire, Rushmoor had out performed all districts with the exception of Hart and Winchester at KS1&2 in 2019.


With regard to the secondary schools, it was noted that there were three secondaries and one all through school. Fernhill was currently receiving support as the last OFSTED rating had been “requires improvement”. A lot of work had been put in by the school and HCC officers and the school were currently awaiting another inspection where they hoped to gain a “good” rating. In 2020, Alderwood, the local all through school, had achieved a “good” OFSTED rating alongside Cove and Wavell schools.


The attainment levels in the secondary schools was noted and it was advised that an improvement had been realised between the 2018 and 2019 results. The pass rate of grade 4 or above for English and Maths had been 58% compared to the national average of 63%. Attainment 8, which is used to measure how well children were doing at KS4, was currently at 4.2 compared to a 4.6 national average.


The Committee reviewed the specialist school provision in the Borough, which included Samuel Cody, Henry Tyndale and Rowhill Schools. It was noted that Samuel Cody, which achieved a “good” rating from OFSTED in 2017, was due to expand in September 2022, offering an additional 90 places over a phased three year period. The school supported children with moderate learning disabilities. Henry Tyndale, the specialist school for children aged 2-19 with more complex learning disabilities had 155 pupils and had achieved an “outstanding” OFSTED rating in 2016. The Henry Tyndale early years setting operated out of Cherrywood School under a joint headship with shared knowledge and expertise. Rowhill School was the setting for the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU). PRU catered for secondary aged children who had been permanently excluded, were at risk of exclusion, were medically unwell or suffered from high levels of emotional needs. It was advised that referrals could be made from Rushmoor, Hart  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.


Work Plan pdf icon PDF 197 KB

To consider the Work Plan for the 2021/22 Municipal Year (copy attached).


The Committee NOTED the current Work Plan.


A request was made for a report on performance data for the Property Services team within the Council at a future meeting.