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Apologies for absence were presented on behalf of Councillors J Jones and A Matthews of Blackpool Borough Council, Councillor P Riley of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Councillor B Foster of Burnley Borough Council.



Disclosure of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

Members are asked to consider any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests they may have to disclose to the meeting in relation to matters under consideration on the agenda.


None disclosed.



Confirmation of Minutes from the meeting held on 24 July 2012 pdf icon PDF 45 KB


The minutes of the Joint Lancashire Health Scrutiny Committee meeting held on the 24 July 2012 were presented and agreed.


Resolved: That the minutes of the Joint Lancashire Health Scrutiny Committee held on the 24 July 2012 be confirmed and signed by the Chair.



Mental Health Inpatient Reconfiguration Update pdf icon PDF 59 KB

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The Chair welcomed guest speakers from the NHS:


  • Emma Foster – Transformation Director, Lancashire Care Trust
  • Paul Hopley – Head of Programmes, NHS Lancashire
  • Alistair Rose – Project Director, Lancashire Care Trust
  • Amanda Thornton – Clinical Director, Adult Community Network, Lancashire Care Trust



The report explained that at the meeting of the Joint Health Committee on 31 May 2012 members had been presented with an update on the progress made and planned relating to the development of new mental health inpatient services and the transition arrangements for existing services to be de-commissioned. It was agreed that further updates would be presented to the Committee at appropriate stages.


Appendix 'A' to the report now presented provided the latest of these updates and specifically related to proposed revised timescales of the overall re-configuration of services.


Alistair Rose used a PowerPoint presentation to inform the Committee about the timescales for the provision of The Harbour, a new inpatient service for the Fylde Coast. He explained that some re-design work was being undertaken and consequently there would be a requirement to re-submit relevant planning applications.  There was an expectation that work on site would now begin in Spring 2013. A copy of the presentation is appended to these minutes.


Emma Foster then explained to the Committee how changes to the timescales for construction work at the Harbour had affected the timescales for service changes and the transition plan. She summarised key points contained in the report now presented.


Councillors were invited to ask questions and raise any comments in relation to the report, a summary of which is provided below:


·  Regarding the site in East Lancashire, it was explained that as the site was Royal Blackburn Hospital, which was owned by East Lancashire Hospitals Trust work was underway to see how the LCFT's plans fitted with ELHT's plan. It was anticipated at the current time that the original plan would not change and that 72 adult mental health beds would be provided. The Committee would be informed as soon as possible if things changed. It was explained that one of the options to be shortly consulted upon included the provision of dementia inpatient beds at Blackburn.

·  The Trust was currently using a number of private sector beds and it was confirmed that these were mostly not within Lancashire and that this was one of the reasons why it had been decided to slow down the pace of change.

·  The report indicated that there would eventually be 16 Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) beds at the Harbour, Blackpool. This figure would be kept under constant review and whilst there was no expectation that the PICU bed provision would be fewer the number of beds might increase; the Trust did not want to have to use beds outside Lancashire.

·  In response to a question about the financial position within LCFT the Committee was assured that the Trust's finances were sound and the development plans presented were affordable. It was pointed out that its accounts were publicly  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Urgent Business

An item of urgent business may only be considered under this item where, by reason of special circumstances to be recorded in the minutes, the Chair of the meeting is of the opinion that the item should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency. Wherever possible, the Chief Executive should be given advance warning of any Member's intention to raise a matter under this heading.


No urgent business was reported.



Date of Next Meeting

To be arranged as and when required.


The next meeting of the Joint health Scrutiny Committee had been scheduled for Tuesday 22 January at 10.00am.


Presentations about the Harbour and Dementia care pdf icon PDF 352 KB

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