Engagement with South Tyneside and Sunderland Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (JHSOC)
NHS partners are mindful of their statutory duties to engage with health overview and scrutiny committees and elected members and respect this is how NHS organisations are locally democratically accountable.
From April 2016, South Tyneside and Sunderland hospital trusts began a formal discussion with the two separate health overview and scrutiny committees around the formation of the partnership and subsequent Path to Excellence phase one programme.
The partnership made a formal request to the local authorities that the formation of a joint overview committee should be considered under section 30 of the local authority health scrutiny guidance.
NHS leaders subsequently attended 11 JHOSC meetings since April 2016 to January 2018, in addition to a large commitment of the programme management resource to support requests for information, involvement of elected members in procurement of elements of consultation support.
This also included:
- Programme support to fund The Consultation Institute for members training
- Support provided for lead specialist and senior clinicians from NHS clinical networks to attend JHOSC to provide independent clinical views on the options
- Dedicated briefing session for members on the safety of freestanding midwife led units (FMLU) by the regional maternity system lead consultant took place and a visit to a successful FMLU is being organised. This was in direct response to a request from JHOSC members to obtain better information about the safety of midwifery-led care
JHOSC committee papers and information
Copies of JHOSC committee papers and information on meetings are set out below
19 September 2016
8 November 2016
30 January 2017
7 March 2017
9 May 2017
An informal meeting with South Tyneside and Sunderland Council Joint Health Scrutiny Committee on 9 May 2017.
17 July 2017
1 August 2017
4 September 2017
21 September 2017
10 October 2017
12 December 2017
Referral to the Secretary of State for Health
In March 2018, the JHOSC and subsequent the two single local authority health overview committees decided on a unanimous basis to refer the Path to Excellence phase 1 consultation to the Secretary for State for Health and Social Care, citing inadequacy of consultation with them (JHOSC), and that decisions were not in the best interest of local health services.
Copies of the JHOSC referral letter and the NHS response and supporting information are set out below
JHOSC referral letter
A copy of the South Tyneside and Sunderland Joint Health Scrutiny Committee’s proposed referral letter to the Secretary of State for Health.
The decision to refer was taken at a meeting held on 9 March 2018. This was subsequently endorsed by both local authorities health scrutiny committees at meetings held on 21 March and 28 March 2018 respectively.
A copy of the NHS response to South Tyneside and Sunderland Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s proposed referral letter to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, dated 27 April 2018.