Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Hanbury Road, Pontypool, NP4 6YB
Contact: Geraint Thomas
Senior Business Support Officer - Democratic Services
Welcome & apologies / Croeso ac y mddiheuriadau
1.1 Apologies were received from Councillors Leonard Constance and
Declarations of interest \ Datganiadau o fudd
2.1 Councillor Emma Rapier declared a personal interest in agenda
item 5 as she was currently a student nurse at the University of
Minutes 31/1/19 / Cofnodion 31/1/19 PDF 398 KB
3.1 The minutes of the meeting held on 31st January 2019
were confirmed as an accurate record.
Action sheet / Taflen weithredu PDF 108 KB
4.1 The Committee noted the action sheet.
Developing a Career College Consortium / Datblygu Consortiwm Colegau ar gyfer Gyrfaoedd PDF 260 KB
5.1 The SMG&E gave a
brief introduction to the report, highlighting the following
more sustainable workforce across Health and Social Care was
required and the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care Act
(RISCA) put pressure on the sector, due to the registration
requirements that it placed on the workforce.
- Work was being conducted with the likes of Coleg Gwent, Torfaen
Training and ‘Bridges into Work’ in order to take a
holistic approach to training, recruitment and retention of
- Jobs in Health and Social Care were often seen as low paid and
unskilled by young people and their parents; however the potential
career pathways needed to be promoted.
- There were no real financial implications attached to the work
being conducted, due to the collaborative working and use of
regional resources that were already in place.
- Proactive marketing and communications would be
5.2 The Chair stated
that the work of carers was invaluable and that the Committee
wanted to aide them and promote their value.
Members’ questions and comments, the COSC&H, SMG&E,
KB and PE made the following main points:
SMG&E drew attention to the ‘Billy the Superhero’
book that had been produced to positively promote care roles to
children, and explained that it would be rolled out to schools and
GP practices, with professionals reading the book to school
confirmed that learners required a lot better advice and guidance
regarding Health and Social Care, and Coleg Gwent wanted to offer a
career opportunity, not just a course. He added that it would be
beneficial for learners to go out into the industry in order to
gain an understanding of it.
COSC&H confirmed that 30% of the Local Authority (LA) workforce
were put through their training by the LA and had been retained.
These individuals had progressed through the ranks and were also
putting money back into the community as they were
COSC&H acknowledged that a large amount of the current
workforce were nearing the end of their careers and therefore
recruitment was an important issue; however he remained confident
that the LA would not be short of applicants for roles. PE added
that only half of the required number of doctors would be in place
in the South Wales Valleys within a few years, unless engagement
with young people occurred at an earlier age. He believed that
young people in the area often lacked confidence and
SMG&E confirmed that domiciliary carers were required to be
registered under RISCA by April 2020, and after that residential
care staff and advocates would follow. A breakdown of how prepared
carers were regarding the changes could be seen in Appendix 1. He
added that Coleg Gwent had offered their support regarding any
training that was required.
COSC&H understood that some of those people involved were
fearful of the new regulations; however he stressed that the
regulations enhanced the status of the workforce, ...
view the full minutes text for item 5.
Item for next meeting / Eitem ar gyfer y cyfarfod nesaf
6.1 The CSO informed the Committee that discussions were being held
with the Chair and the COSC&H regarding the item for the next
meeting. A pro forma would be sent to the Committee once a decision
had been made.
Date of next meeting 2/5/19 / Dyddiad y cyfarfod nesaf 2/5/19
7.1 The date of the next meeting was noted.
7.2 The meeting ended at 11.40am.