Agenda and draft minutes

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Election of Chair

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The Head of Legal Services welcomed everyone to the meeting and invited nominations for Chair.


Councillor Simon Mountney nominated himself.


This was seconded by Councillor Tony Murphy.


There being no other nominations Councillor Simon Mountney was declared Chair.


Councillor Simon Mountney took the role of Chair.


Apologies for Absence

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An apology for absence had been received from Councillor Kieran Murphy.


Declarations of Interest

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The Chair asked for declarations of interest. No declarations were made but it was noted that the current provider of intermediate care beds was in the room as an attendee but would not take part in making the decisions.



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The Associate Director of Finance and Performance (Wirral), NHS Cheshire and Merseyside, presented his report. It related to a model started in June 2021, when the NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) agreed to commission a new Discharge to Assess (D2A) bed-based model for “people who are clinically optimised and do not require an acute bed but may still require care services provided with short-term, funded support”. The main component of this model was to consolidate existing intermediate care beds provided across five existing sites into three wards comprising of 71 beds at the Clatterbridge Hospital site. The contract for the provision of those beds was to cease on 1st September 2023. The contract needed to be extended to ensure capacity was available for winter 2023/24. This would enable a review of the existing service provision, capacity, delivery of expected outcomes and return on investment to be undertaken. This needed to take place alongside a longer-term place-based capacity and demand modelling exercise was undertaken to inform future commitments to intermediate care provision in Wirral. NHS Cheshire and Merseyside’s Scheme of Reservation and Delegation (SORD) meant that a decision on this contract sat with the organisation’s Finance, Investment and Resources Committee (FIRC) which was to sit on 27th June 2023. As this was a jointly commissioned service, Wirral Council needed to influence this decision and the Joint Strategic Commissioning Board (JSCB) was the meeting through which this needed to take place.


Two options were presented – extend for 12 months and extend for 3 years with a break clause at 22 months. It was noted that there was more than one provider interested in providing the service. It was also noted that as the service met the needs of more complex patients, costs had increased, and that at the Clatterbridge site the service worked alongside reablement, home first, urgent response and virtual ward teams.


Members and attendees debated the advantages and implications of the options.


On wording proposed by Councillor Simon Mountney and seconded by Councillor Tony Murphy it was unanimously:-


Resolved – That the Joint Strategic Commissioning Board (JSCB) recommends that the Integrated Care Bboard notes the views expressed by the JSCB and all partners within the health and social care system and considers all options available when making a decision in relation to extending the current contract and the length of the extension agreed ensures the stability of the service and that the review and commissioning of a new intermediate bed-based model is progressed as expeditiously as possible and a further report is brought back to the JSCB following that review.


BETTER CARE FUND – 2023-2025 pdf icon PDF 404 KB

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The Head of Integrated Services and the Senior Finance Business Partner presented this report, which provided a summary of the proposed content of the Wirral Place-based Better Care Fund (BCF) Plan for 2023/25. The Plan had been submitted to the regional team and some adjustment may need to be made to it. These would not affect the financial contributions of the Integrated Care Board or the Council but may change the metrics and plans. The funding for 2024/25 was based on the funding evaluations and outcomes of 2023/24.


Resolved – That the Better Care Fund 2023/25 Plan be approved.