Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel

Thursday, 16th January 2014

The Overview and Scrutiny Panels cannot take decisions on behalf of the Council, but can review how policies and decisions are actually working once they have been agreed and are in place.

The Panels can also discuss and debate policies and plans which are under consideration.  The Cabinet member will then take account of the Panels views when matters are taken to Cabinet for decision.

Members of the public can put questions to the Overview and Scrutiny Panels on any issue at the meeting even if the issue is not on the agenda.

For further information about Overview and Scrutiny Panels including membership, agendas and minutes, see the Committees section of the Norfolk County Council website.

Changes to mental health services in Central Norfolk one of the items under discussion at Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel

Councillors will next week (Thursday 16 January) scrutinise a number of health-related issued in the county including the implementation of changes to mental health services in the central Norfolk area.

Members of the Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel (NHOSC) will receive an updated report from the NHS North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust about what has changed in central Norfolk since the implementation of the Service Strategy 2012-2016.

Also at next week’s meeting, the Panel will also discuss the review of health and social care systems in West Norfolk in response to financial pressures, demographic trends and rising demand for healthcare.

The Chief Officer of NHS West Norfolk CCG attended NHOSC in October 2013 and next Thursday will update the Panel on the progress of the review of health and social care services as well as answer questions from Members.

The Committee, which is charged with safeguarding and promoting the interests of people in the county who use health services, will also discuss a report from a Joint Scrutiny Committee (Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk Health Committees) about NHS England’s proposal to centralise liver resection surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Surgery is currently available at both Addenbrooke’s and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The Mental Wellbeing in Norfolk and Waveney - Shaping the Future – will also be on the agenda. The North Norfolk CCG (on behalf of all CCGs) will present a report at next week’s meeting and will answer questions from the Committee.

The meeting of the Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be held on Thursday 16 January at 10am in the Edwards Room at County Hall in Norwich. Members of the public are welcome to attend.