March 2014 - Central Bedfordshire Council

Notes of the Meeting:
21st March 2014
Attendance attached.
Apologies: Nicky Kynoch, Michelle Bradley,
Karen Mangold, Terry Dorman, Elspeth Clayton, Sue
Lee, Emily White, Ken Harvey, Chris Treacey
Minutes of the meeting held on 21st November 2013
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The minutes were read and agreed as accurate.
Reports from:
 Learning Disability Service feedback
Sarah Cahill presented Transition’s Team project update.
 To develop a new ‘Single Plan’ transitions pathway
in line with new legislation.
 It will include anyone who may be involved in a
young person’s life from age 14 to 25 to ensure
education & health work together to give a joinedup service to young people.
 Council will publicise Local Offer
 Working with young people pilot launched –
feedback to be provided in September.
Lucinda Moore informed:
 Chris Treacey is working on reconfiguring
employment services for people with learning
 Joint project with Groundworks and Housing has
 Volunteering and work with Center Parcs,
Groundworks, Mixed bag and The Hub Cafe
 Job Centre Plus is planning a ‘Two Ticks’
employment forum in April to discuss how to
improve employment for people with learning
disabilities, employers with ‘Two Ticks’ will be
showcasing – feedback at the next meeting.
 Central Bedfordshire Voice groups
Sandra Pearce gave update on Voice group meetings:
 People have been talking about safeguarding,
keeping safe and staying healthy.
 People talked about Winterbourne View care home
 POhWER had a ‘Keep Well, Keep Safe Keep
Healthy’ conference on the 11th March in Dunstable,
1200 people went to it and everyone enjoyed
themselves with nice food, dancing and shows.
 It was a fun day, but there were some important
messages to give everyone.
 More people now want to join the Voice Groups
after going to the conference.
 Robin went to the Eastern Region Forum
 Right Track
 Martin and Annie went through their presentation
(see the presentation)
 Right Track was very shocked and sad to have to
inform everyone at the meeting that Teresa Ring
had died recently.
 Teresa was there when Right Track started in 2006,
and she was a friend and a director with Right Track
and will be sadly missed by all.
 Elizabeth Saunders suggested sending flowers.
 The funeral will be on 1st April at All Nations Church
Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford.
 Annie and Sandra said that they would stay at the
end of the meeting if anyone wanted to chat about
Draft Learning Disability Specification
Paul Groom gave an update on the proposed changes to
service provider’s contracts which were made to ensure
that service users had the best service from providers.
Learning disability service providers provide really good
service across East of England. Providers need to make
sure that everybody’s voice heard.
Paul suggested that the Voice Groups looked at the
changes and gave feedback.
Kaysie Conroy from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning
Group (BCCG) gave an update regarding Winterbourne.
The Winterbourne View Joint Improvement Programme
that has been set up to make sure local areas get the
right support and information, so that more people can
live the lives that are right for them.
The programme is paid for by the government through
the Department of Health. The work is then led by the
Local Government Association and NHS England. They
report to the Winterbourne View Joint Improvement
Programme Board.
The 3 key areas of work were identified to improve the
lives and services for people with learning disabilities and
/or autism and behaviour that challenge services are:
 Funding - Making sure your area understands what
money is available to meet the needs of local
people and what is available to develop the right
services now, and in the future.
 Commissioning - Making sure your area
understands what services will be needed locally to
meet the needs of People with a learning disability
and/or autism with behaviour that challenges
services. This is for people of all ages including
children and young people, so that people can live
 Meet the June 2014 deadline to make sure that
“everyone inappropriately in hospital will move to
community-based support as quickly as possible
and no later than 1 June 2014” (Transforming Care,
Department of Health).
Health update:
Community Dental Services
Smile Award programme 2014 – update
Outcomes from Keep Healthy stand at the POhWER
Voice conference event on 11th March
50 people visited the Keep Healthy stall at the POhWER
event on the 11th March.
The Smile Award is a unique programme aiming to
improve the oral health of adults with learning disabilities.
The award is not a ‘one off’ but rather recognises the year
on year achievement of promoting optimum oral health.
There is the option of training only to equip people with
the essential knowledge in oral health care to best
support your residents and service users. Or people can
participate in the full award programme where people are
required to meet six - seven standards. At the end of the
year people are then accredited with a certificate.
The dates for the Oral Health Training are:
 9th April 2pm to 4pm at Flitwick Health Centre
 16th April 10am to 12am at Bedford Heights
The Flitwick training session is a bigger venue and will
have room to fit more people who want to come.
The award is available to care homes in Bedfordshire and
Luton including day centres, respite care homes and
supported living and 22 settings achieved the Smile
award last year.
The main areas of the award focus on:
 Policy implementation
 Snacks
 Individual oral health care
 Raising awareness to staff, service users and their
If people would like to comment about any aspect of the
service, please contact each clinic directly. If people
would like further information please contact:
The Dental Services Manager Community Dental
Services Telephone: 01234 310244
Right Track recap
Martin Hopewell and Annie Lawton from Right Track
presented an update on work the group have done since
the last meeting.
 12 Right Track Volunteers worked about 400 hours
with about 100 people.
 Martin and Amelia worked with XBX – a group of
people who use services and train social work
 Denise found out what care homes are like for
people who live in them.
 6 volunteers are nearly ready to open a café 1 day
a week in Houghton Regis.
 Look at The Right Track website:
Local Account for 2013/14
Local Account helps people to find out what we do in
Social Care, how the money is spent, and who is using
the service.
The priorities set for the coming year are:
 Building and securing the adult social care market
 Strengthen customer focus, through improved
professional standards and practice
 Determine and deliver the Council's housing offer.
 Prepare for future changes and the transformation
of adult social care, housing and localised health
provision, including the Care and Support Bill and
Welfare Reform.
These priorities are centred on the Council’s Medium
Term Plan to “Promote health and wellbeing and protect
the vulnerable” and include the following targets:
 A zero tolerance approach to those who abuse
vulnerable adults and we will continue to report our
involvement in safeguarding activity
 Provide an additional 50 extra care flats by 2014
 Maintain the decent homes standard at 100% for
the Council’s Landlord Services
 30 (100% coverage) Village Care Schemes in
operation by 2014
 60% of Council commissioned dementia care
should be of ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ by 2014
 To offer everyone the choice of a personal budget
Health Facilitation Service for adult social care
support (100%)
Please see the questionnaire attached and return it
By email to [email protected] or
by post to Liz Cray, Communications and Development
Officer, Central Bedfordshire Council, Houghton Lodge,
Houghton Close, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK
Patricia Coker and her team will circulate A Local
Account of Adult Social Care Services in Central
Bedfordshire 2013.
Elizabeth Saunders (Chair) requested that an easy-read
version of the questionnaire be produced with Right Track
for circulation to the LDDP and an extraordinary meeting
be convened to present this.
Any questions or other business
Nichola Keer, Lead Learning Disability Liaison Nurse will
be leaving her job but will remain at Bedford Hospital.
Another Liaison Nurse will be recruited.
Stuart Webb passed on an invitation to the Health
Facilitation Service event at the Rufus Centre on the 25th
March 2014. People and their carers can hear about the
work done this year around making sure everybody is
included in the Health Screening Programmes.
Health Facilitation Service telephone: 01234 310595.
People agreed that Bedford Hospital does a very good
James Gleave will be leaving Central Bedfordshire
Council soon and his replacement will attend future
meetings to give updates around transport.
A meeting regarding transport is to be arranged in May.
People will talk about train stations and East-West bus
routes, new bus stops with information regarding buses.
People with disabilities do not need to book help for using
Date of next meeting
Tuesday 24th June 2014 10:30-12:30.
Venue: Council Chamber, Priory House, Chicksands,
SG17 5TQ
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