Agenda and minutes

Venue: Plough Lane

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The chair welcomed board members and attendees to the meeting.


Apologies for absence

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from: Susan Harris, Anna Davidson, Cllr Ange Tyler and Simon Trickett.



Named substitutes (if any)

To receive details of any member nominated to attend the meeting in place of a member of the board.


There were no named substitutes.


Declarations of interest

To receive any declarations of interests of interest in respect of schedule 1, schedule 2 or other interests from members of the board in respect of items on the agenda.


There were no declarations.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 133 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 21 July 2022.


The board approved the minutes of the meeting of the 21st July 2022.


Questions from members of the public

To receive any written questions from members of the public.

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The deadline for the receipt of a question from a member of the public is 21 September 2022 at 9.30 am.

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No questions received.


Questions from councillors

To receive any written questions from councillors.

The deadline for the receipt of a question from a councillor is 21 September at 9.30 am, unless the question relates to an urgent matter.

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No questions received.


Councillor Pauline Crockett (the chair of the board) introduced and welcomed Mr Stephen Brewster as a representative for the Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) and explained he would be participating as a contributor until the VCS role had been discussed and ratified by the board in a future meeting.

The chair also noted the inclusion of several slide decks that had been added to the agenda, but stressed they did not interfere or disrupt reports already on the main agenda.



Report on Herefordshire Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022 pdf icon PDF 160 KB

This report seeks the approval of members for the publication of the 2022 Herefordshire Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) on 1 October 2022 (the statutory deadline).

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The chair introduced the final draft version of the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) for approval by the board, it was explained that a 60-day consultation period was still in effect and that the report would be subject to any amendments in relation to responses that may be received in the final days of the consultation.


Emma Lydall (Public Health Training Specialist Registrar), provided a detailed verbal presentation on the report based on the slides included in the agenda Herefordshire 2022 PNA HWB Presentation.


The board asked questions about:

-          The possibility of returning to the report in 18 rather than 12 months, to allow adequate time to monitor the impact of the changing role of the pharmacist?

-          Whether the review covered off anything about the value for money of the services that were already commissioned?

-          Who was responsible for ensuring the recommendations within the report were actioned and who was responsible for feeding back?

The registrar explained that a PNA working group was going to be established in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and that public health would work closely with this group and feedback to the Health and wellbeing board (HWB).


Matt Pearce (Director of Public Health, Herefordshire) explained that it fell to the HWB to provide a level of assurance. The actual delivery of the recommendations would be overseen by the public health team and partners and then approval would be sought from the HWB.


Jane Ives (Managing Director Wye Valley NHS Trust) felt that the relative urgency of the recommendations meant that it would be prudent to come back to them in 12 months rather than 18.


The director of public health noted that many papers were recommending the formation of task and finish groups and that in these instances a joined up approach with Worcestershire would be advisable as there would be potential shared ambitions.

The director of public health emphasised the importance of maximising the use of pharmacies, and noted that they have a great reach especially in deprived communities.


The chair suggested that it was important that new GP surgeries should, whenever possible, have a pharmacy in them.


David Mehaffey (Director for Integrated Care System Development) noted the slide in the presentation pack with the map detailing 10 minute travel times. This showed the reach of Herefordshire facilities across the border of other counties, but did not show their reach into Herefordshire. It was possible that this gave a distorted view of the health inequality gap.


The registrar acknowledged that the report did only look at Herefordshire pharmacies, but that it might be possible to look at the cross-border picture. However, the population of Herefordshire was adequately serviced by pharmacies and dispensing practices.

The registrar and director for ICS agreed that more work on cross-county reach would be a valuable addition to the mapping of future assessments.


Councillor Diana Toynbee noted that pharmacies are businesses and enquired as to whether if a pharmacy decides to close there is any leverage to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 57.


Tobacco Control 2022 pdf icon PDF 224 KB

The purpose of this report is to inform Health and Wellbeing Board on the recent publication of the ‘The Khan review: Making smoking obsolete’ (Appendix 1) and the findings from the recent smoking needs assessment (Appendix 2) and for the board to endorse the recommendations set-out within the report.

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The chair introduced the report and Luke Bennett (Senior Commissioning Officer) presented, providing a summary of the Khan review: Appendix 1 The Khan Review Summary , which broadly recommended:


·         Increased investment for interventions

·         Increasing the age of sale

·         Offering vaping as a substitute for smoking

·         Improving prevention in the NHS

A local context was then provided, including a brief overview of work being undertaken in the area.


The senior officer went through recommendations for the board, which included:

1.       That the Health and wellbeing Board welcomes the publication of Javed Khan’s Independent Review into smoking

2.       Health and wellbeing board supports the recommendations from the Khan review and the resulting actions to help make smoking obsolete in England and Herefordshire.

3.       Health and wellbeing board member organisations are asked to actively promote and engage in activity to work towards making smoking obsolete in Herefordshire.

The chair thanked the senior officer for his presentation. Concerns were raised about the available manpower to implement some of the recommendations in the Khan review.


The chair asked the managing director of Wye Valley NHS Trust about the Wye Valley Trust’s response to smoking in pregnancy figures in Herefordshire, which were above the national average.


The managing director of Wye Valley NHS Trust explained that recent data showed the number of pregnant smokers was going in the right direction and that hopefully this would be a trend. Carbon monoxide monitoring of pregnant women was also helping the situation.


The managing director of Wye Valley NHS Trust said that this was a broad area and that what they were already doing was working, but there was a need to prioritize and focus on areas of concern.


Hilary Hall (Corporate Director Community Wellbeing) endorsed what the managing director of Wye Valley NHS Trust had said and suggested that trying to do everything could result in things generally being done less well. By focusing on one or two priorities, such as smoking in pregnancy it would be possible to achieve something significant and make a demonstrable gain.


Cllr Toynbee also agreed with the need for focus on key areas of concern. Additionally, Cllr Toynbee raised concerns about the promotion of vaping contained with the Khan review. She acknowledged the argument that vaping was an alternative to smoking or an aid to giving up, but she had serious concerns about the explosion in popularity of vaping in school children and the damaging chemicals they were being exposed to as a result.


The director of public health agreed with the need for focus on areas of concerns, but also urged mindfulness in relation to areas where Herefordshire was faring well on a national basis, as this could potentially mask important inequalities in the population and that a business as usual approach was also needed to ensure those areas where Herefordshire was in the average range were still monitored closely, as they could often have significant impact on death rates and illness.


The director of public health noted  ...  view the full minutes text for item 58.


Update on the work of the Oral Health Improvement Partnership Board pdf icon PDF 224 KB

This report updates the Health and Wellbeing Board on the work of the Oral Health Improvement Partnership Board and seeks approval of the recommendations contained within.

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The chair introduced the item and passed over to the director of public health to present the update. The director provided a verbal update referencing the Herefordshire Oral Health Improvement Action Plan (2020-2023) and the Herefordshire Oral health Needs Assessment


The director highlighted a wealth of positive activity relating to children, adults in care homes and early years staff giving out brushing packs to children.


The director cited one omission from the report as being the change in legislation contained in the Health and Care Act 2022 relating to water fluoridation arrangements being moved away from local authorities to the secretary of state and central government. The director considered water fluoridation to be one of the strongest evidence-based measures for improving oral health in Herefordshire and wanted to establish the most effective way of lobbying the government on this issue.


Christine Price (Healthwatch) enquired about commissioning being delegated down to the ICS for dental services, as to date there hadn’t been much traction at the oral health improvement board around commissioning.


The director for ICS development said the responsibility of commissioning services would become the responsibility of the ICB, but this wouldn’t happen until at least April 2023. At the moment work was underway to establish what will be inherited from the current commissioners at NHS England in the region. The integrated Care Board was currently carrying out proper due diligence to make sure it struck the right funding allocation, as well as understanding the baselines, key risks and challenges. The intention of making commissioning services more local was to ensure that they could be integrated with the wider work around improving population health and wellbeing. This would necessitate greater integration input with local partners.


The chair emphasised the importance of prevention and praised public health incentives being taking into schools such as ‘Brush, book and bed’.


The managing director of the Wye Valley NHS Trust enquired about what form the lobbying of government would take. The director of public health explained that this was something that would need to be looked into, but an understanding of the process was needed to get Herefordshire at or near the top of the list for fluoridation.


Stephen Brewster asked whether the voluntary sector was being used to enable cross-pollination and amplification of messaging in relation to delivering aspiration within reports - such as bringing the oral health advice and incentives to schools visited by the voluntary sector.


Christine Price (Chief Officer, Healthwatch Herefordshire) echoed the need to make greater use of the voluntary sector, in addition to statutory bodies, schools and health visitors in delivering health and wellbeing related messages to the community. There was a need to make all the messages count.


The director for ICS development explained that the Integrated Care Partnership was focused on working more closely and effectively with the partners in the voluntary sector.


The report recommendations were proposed, seconded and approved unanimously.





a)    The committee note the progress of the Oral Health  ...  view the full minutes text for item 59.


Herefordshire's Better Care Fund (BCF) Integration plan 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 247 KB

The board will be invited to note and approve Herefordshire’s Better Care Fund plan 2022-23.


Report paper to follow.

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The chair introduced the item and Ewen Archibald (Service Director All Age Commissioning) and Adrian Griffith (Head of Commercial Development) led the presentation.


The service director explained that frustratingly the deadlines meant the plan was due to be submitted to the Department of Health this same day and that the board would therefore only be able to suggest minor amendments (if it wanted to make changes). It was noted that there was not a significant change in the: documentation, the overall profile of the proposed spending and the metrics from last year. Some minor changes to the metrics were in evidence and the narrative report contained slightly more detail on the disabled facilities grant, regarding how that was spent.


The service director also discussed an announcement from the Department of Health to say that it was introducing a new funding stream, which appeared to have similarities to the previous hospital discharge fund, but the details had not been published.


The head of commercial development provided a brief overview to the change of the metrics and explained that the timeframes involved meant the planning guidance came out halfway through the year to which the plan refers, which meant there was very little time to put together a plan and consult with everybody who might have sensible and relevant input. It was also stated that as soon as this plan was submitted, planning would commence on the next plan in a bid to avoid a reoccurrence of the situation.


The head of commercial development set out the report recommendations and opened discussion up to the board:


The managing director of Wye Valley NHS Trust noted that next year reviewing discharge to assess pathways and funding and reshaping that would be very important and would provide better value and outcomes from what had been put in place during Covid.


The managing director of Wye Valley NHS Trust highlighted the need to make the role of the One Herefordshire Partnership clearer in terms of its relationship with the BCF. The Integrated Care Executive (ICE) and its performance management/scrutiny function was also brought to the attention of the board.


The service director asked the board to note the work done by Adrian Griffith and Marie Gallagher in putting the plan together.


The report recommendations were proposed, seconded and approved unanimously.






a) the Herefordshire Better Care Fund narrative plan, planning template and capacity and demand template be approved; and

b) note work ongoing to support integrated health and care provision that is funded via the BCF.



Herefordshire Food Charter

A verbal update on the Herefordshire Food Charter, following up from a full paper on the Sustainable Food Places model that went to the Health and wellbeing board last December.


Sign The Charter - Herefordshire Food Charter


Pete Norton (Herefordshire Food Alliance Coordinator) provided the board with an update on briefing of the Herefordshire Food Charter It was explained that were over 40 signees and that the alliance was hoping to create an ‘umbrella for food activity’ in the county with a focus on health, local economy, community and environment.

The coordinator then urged board members to sign up to the charter and to circulate it with their partner organisations.


The development of a Marches Regional Food Procurement Hub with Monmouthshire, Shropshire, Powys, Telford & Wrekin councils was also reported. This was being led by Monmouthshire council and it had received an initial £10,000 grant from the Dixon Foundation to carry out a feasibility study, which if successful could in principle lead to up to a £100,000 further investment.


The alliance would also be applying for a sustainable food places bronze award in the next available round in Spring 2023.


The coordinator also informed the board that his colleague Rebecca Tully would be taking over the role of coordinator from November 2022.


The board applauded the work that had been done on the charter and the procurement hub and noted that good food was often neglected as being a key driver for health and sustainability.


Kristan Pritchard (Health Improvement Practitioner) highlighted the importance of this work particularly in relation to the healthy weight agenda. It was also a good example of how a whole systems approach to food could be used across the county.


The chair concluded the item and thanked the team for its excellent work.



Cost of Living Report September 2022 pdf icon PDF 148 KB

A report on the actions Herefordshire Council and its partners are taking to protect people against higher costs.


Report paper to follow.


Hilary Hall (Corporate Director Community Wellbeing) presented slides on the Cost of Living - Herefordshire Response . The director explained that she felt a cost of living commission, pulled together under the auspices of the Health and wellbeing board, would allow all the partners of the board to come together and say what could be done together and as individuals. A commission would also allow the voice of residents to be heard directly, which would avoiding second guessing how the cost of living crisis impacts individuals, families and communities. By coming together as a set of partners including housing associations and the volunteering community sector, it might be possible to get an accurate sense of what’s going on and then to engage with residents via talk community hubs. The slides contained four recommendations and the Director invited discussion on these from the board.


The board welcomed the recommendations and felt that a commission that could assist in creating a place where all available advice and support was in one place would be of enormous value. It was also stated that the ICB was very keen to work with the board and the council in this area. The voluntary community sector attendee highlighted the pressure the sector was under as people tightened their belts and said the VCS would welcome the opportunity to be involved in a broader discussion about the cost of living.


The recommendations were proposed, seconded and approved unanimously.





a)      Continue to promote the range of ways in which the council and its partners supports residents in need, particularly through Talk Community and Money on your Mind.

b)      Ensure that specific support is in place for those for whom Herefordshire Council is a corporate parent.

c)       Establish a Cost of Living Commission to gather information and identify other actions that the council and its partners can take to support residents. D)

d)      Develop a longer term strategy for working with the voluntary and community sector, building on the foundations established over the last two years.



Joint Health and Wellbeing Board Strategy Update pdf icon PDF 320 KB

A verbal update on the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.


The director of public health introduced the item and explained that the presentation was to update the board in terms of progress to date and that there was still plenty of time for the board to contribute to and shape the priorities of the strategy.


Miriam Gardner talked the board through the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy Progress Update


The board noted the update and highlighted the need to get the strategy priorities right. Limited financial resources would likely necessitate a review of what kind of strategy would offer best value and the board felt that a future workshop on the strategy would allow for interesting discussion especially with regards to areas such as resilience, vulnerability and prevention.



Health and Wellbeing Board Work Programme pdf icon PDF 140 KB

A work programme and report requirement details for review and prioritisation by the board.


The board noted the Work Programme and the chair asked for meeting dates to be set for the next 6 months.



Date of next meeting

The next scheduled meeting is:


17 October 2022 - Private Workshop: Health and Wellbeing Strategy Session

12 December 2022


Date of next meeting: 12th December 2022