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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTIONS
Apologies were received from Richard Walsh, Alex Tear, Tanya Quddus, Simon Parr and Liz Bowes
Dr Andrew Povey acted as a substitute for Richard Walsh.
To agree the minutes of the previous meetings of the Children and Education Select Committee as a true and accurate record of proceedings.
The minutes were agreed as a true record of the meeting.
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QUESTIONS AND PETITIONS
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1. The deadline for Member’s questions is 12.00pm four working days before the meeting (20 June 2019).
2. The deadline for public questions is seven days before the meeting(19 June 2019)
3. The deadline for petitions was 14 days before the meeting, and no petitions have been received.
Scrutiny of the Emotional Wellbeing And Mental Health (EWMH) Transformation Programme.
Mr Robert Evans arrived at 10:53am
Dr Phil Ferraria-Lay, Surrey and Borders Partnership
Julia Cramp, EWMH Programme Lead
Barbara Herts, EWMH Programme Consultant
Sue Robertson, Associate Director for Strategic Commissioning, Surrey Heartlands
Dave Hill, Executive Director – Children, Families, Lifelong Learning and Culture
Mary Lewis, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People & Families
Key points raised during the discussion:
1. The witnesses introduced the report and provided Members with a brief summary. It was noted that Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) were centralised around the early identification and treatment for mental health needs and that there was a focus on providing support to young people to prevent the need for life-long use of support services.
2. Members requested further information on how the transformation would impact service users who currently receive support. Further to this, Members also asked what was being done to address issues related to waiting times and the impact that they have on young people. Witnesses highlighted that, within different parts of the CAMHS service, there were a number of areas with almost no waiting times and that met national standards. This included services such as the eating disorder service and learning disability service. It was further noted that there had been waiting times for the ‘one stop’ service which were being addressed as part of the transformation programme. In regards to the waiting times outlined in page 29 of the agenda, witnesses stated that there was an improvement plan is place for the Surrey and Boarders NHS Trust.
3. Witnesses confirmed that the specialist CAMHS contract, which was jointly commissioned by the six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Surrey, was also part of the transformation programme. When questioned on the value of each contract, witnesses confirmed that the CAMHS contract jointly commissioned by the Council and the six CCGs was £5.2m and the specialist CAMHS contract was valued at £7.9m. It was further confirmed that the transformational funding was £2.9m for the whole service.
4. Members requested further information on the risks associated with the transformation. Witnesses explained that the biggest identified risks were related to getting the transformation underway and being able to evidence significant change as the programme moves on.
5. Members questioned whether the transformation would take longer than two years and if mitigations were in place to address this. In response, witnesses explained that the timeline was set and that the contract would be recommissioned in April 2021. The interim stage before this was focused on identifying as much information and learning as possible.
6. When discussing the current backlog in the service, witnesses confirmed that there was ongoing work to address those waiting for support. Members noted that people who require urgent support would not be placed on a waiting list and would be supported as soon as possible.
7. Members noted that every parent of a child on the waiting lists for assessment and treatment had been contacted with information about the services to be ... view the full minutes text for item 5/19
DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING
The next public meeting of the committee will be held on 12 September 2019 in the Ashcombe Suite at County Hall.
The Select Committee noted that the next meeting would be held on 12 September 2019 10.00am in the Ashcombe Suite, County Hall.