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Minutes pdf icon PDF 32 KB

To agree the Minutes of the meeting of the Board held on 11 May 2016, as a correct record.



Resolved: That the Minutes of the meeting held on 11 May 2016, be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.



Declarations of Interest

Any interests not already registered.


There were no additional declarations of interest.



Updates from Members


Cllr. Clark reported that he had attended the ‘Fair Care for Kent’ event at Ashford on 7 June 2016, which had been organised by– Action With Communities in Rural Kent (ACRK) which was looking at alternative ways delivering care which was why Kent County Council (KCC) were interested. The focus had been on community micro enterprises, locally owned and providing care solutions ie at village level. There had been a number of presentations by different groups.  The idea was to replace that lost extended family care with extended community care, pooling skills already within the community, from carers to cooks and gardeners.  Largely on a funded basis but some voluntary input as well.  The principle was supported by the Department for Health.  There were some issues with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the feeling of being over regulated, but if not registered it was hard to become visible and used within the community.  Being small such groups could also suffer from competition and being undercut by larger organisations; have difficulty finding start up funding; and issues with holiday and sickness absence issues when so few. 


KCC seemed willing to work with someone but not lead on it. Unless there was someone willing to be the coordinating body there seemed no real way forward at the moment however good the idea was.


Cllr. Dr.Canet reported that there were now over 1000 members of the Sevenoaks District Senior Action Forum.  In celebration of Older Peoples Day on 1 October there would be a local event with a physiotherapist at Gloucester House between 3-4pm.  The physiotherapist was doing a lot of work on getting people to walk and was willing to talk to the Board.  It was agreed she should be asked to attend a future meeting. 


Cllr. Dr. Canet advised she may attend an evening talk called Breath of Fresh Air – Addressing Climate Change and Air Pollution Together for Health’ run by UK health alliance on climate change.  She also handed out a leaflet entitled ‘thinking of moving’ from a private company.  The Head of Housing & Health advised that the Council ran a similar free scheme called ‘small is beautiful’ and believed it was a question of getting the scheme more widely known.


Cllr. McArthur had recently attended the Housing & Health Portfolio Holder’s briefing where there had been a good brainstorming session on mental health issues and housing.  She was impressed by the joined up thinking going on between departments.  She had also attended the West Kent MIND AGM and managed to get to a session of the ‘Forget me Not’ café in Edenbridge.  Members briefly discussed how transport issues affected attendance, and agreed to request the dates of the cafes to be advertised in ‘In Shape’.


Cllr. Dyball reported that she had attended the first phase of Swanley Town Centre consultation.  There was a groundswell of opinion especially with regards to parking concerns and mobility issues around the two large GP centres.


Cllr. Parkin advised  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.


Sevenoaks District Health Improvement Annual Report pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Additional documents:


The Head of Housing & Health presented the 2015/16 Sevenoaks District Health Improvement Annual Report and year end monitoring summary of the ‘Mind the Gap’ Health Inequalities Action Plan.


She reported that there was now little or no significant difference in life expectancy  between the poorest and richest wards, which demonstrated that a difference was being made to bridge the inequalities gap.


Members discussed tackling obesity with teenagers, the Head of Housing & Health advised that the difficulty found was transition between services for examples midwives working with mothers but their care ceasing once the baby was born.  It was mentioned that Dartford Borough Council allowed no mobile food vans to operate in the Borough and it was agree this was something that could be put to licensing at the next meeting.


A Member suggested Members should consider having fruit not biscuits at council meetings.


Resolved:  That the report be noted.


West Kent Health Integration Update pdf icon PDF 27 KB


The Head of Housing & Health presented the report and gave a brief presentation and update on the work being undertaken to provide a co-ordinated approach to health integration between Kent County Council and district and borough councils in West Kent. 


Resolved:  That the report be noted.


Workplan pdf icon PDF 15 KB


The work plan was noted.  The report on ‘Planning Policy and how it contributes to the Health agenda’ to be put to the next meeting.


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