March Governing Body meeting
March is a very busy time of year for us. The March Board meeting was no
exception, we discussed some really important topics including our draft
financial plans and draft operating plan for 2015/16.
Our new Head of
Finance, Neil McDowell, gave a presentation on the finance plan which you can
read here. We are in the process of signing this off but the national tariff has
not been agreed yet. We will see the final version at our April Board
Our Directory of Strategy, Lucie Walters, presented the draft Operating Plan which sets out our strategy and work programmes for the year ahead. Our key priorities are:
• Doing core business well
Transforming primary care
• Commissioning prevention and social care services
• Reducing health inequalities
We are putting together work
programmes in mental health, children's services, older people's services,
urgent care, planned care and others so we can address these priorities. Some
examples of work we have included in this year’s operating plan includes
expanding the in-school counselling service to 12 more primary schools, working
with the voluntary sector to help support older people in the borough,
developing a ‘frailty pathway’ working with St George’s and Wandsworth Council
to reduce the number of older people admitted to hospital and a pilot programme
to link social workers into GP practices to help with early support and
Next we agreed the proposals for the mental health inpatient consultation which, as Lucie Walters stated, is a significant
programme of work with investment over the next 10 years to improve mental
health facilities for people in south west London. The consultation has been an
important milestone but there is still a huge amount of work to do and we’ll be
working with the mental health trust to continue to get feedback from patients
and local residents. We’ll also work with Wandsworth Council and other local
partners to make sure we address any issues that arise.
Dr Tom Coffey, as
we all know a lifetime Tooting resident, said this was a once in a generation
opportunity to revamp Springfield and mental health facilities for local people.
Tom and Lucie gave us a clear presentation on the outcome of the consultation
and talked us through the changes that have been made as a result of the
feedback we got. Read more about the consultation here.
There were of
course concerns from people living in Roehampton about in-patient mental health
wards not being at Queen Mary’s anymore. Dr. Peter Ilves, the West Wandsworth GP
lead, talked about his patients’ concerns. These wards will only close once the
new facilities are open and community services will remain in Roehampton with a
base at Queen Mary’s still. We are also going to be investing in Home Treatment
Teams for Wandsworth residents to bring these up to the national guidance
standards. We got praise from GPs and Healthwatch about how well the
consultation was run and how much input people were able to give, which is
reflected in the changes that have been made to the proposals.
also had discussions about our new arrangements to joint commission primary care
with NHS England, the review of diabetes services, the 111 and out of hours
procurement process and we signed off the conflicts of interest policy which
will help us make sure that we manage any possible areas of concern.