Agenda and draft minutes

Healthier Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 14th March, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Hanbury Road, Pontypool, NP4 6YB

Contact: Geraint Thomas  Senior Business Support Officer - Democratic Services

No. Item


Welcome & apologies / Croeso ac y mddiheuriadau


1.1       Apologies were received from Councillors Leonard Constance and Sue Malson.


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 South Wales.


Minutes 31/1/19 / Cofnodion 31/1/19 pdf icon 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 icon PDF 108 KB


4.1       The Committee noted the action sheet.


Developing a Career College Consortium / Datblygu Consortiwm Colegau ar gyfer Gyrfaoedd pdf icon PDF 260 KB

Additional documents:


5.1       The SMG&E gave a brief introduction to the report, highlighting the following areas:

  • A 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 staff.
  • 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 required.


5.2       The Chair stated that the work of carers was invaluable and that the Committee wanted to aide them and promote their value.


5.3       Following Members’ questions and comments, the COSC&H, SMG&E, KB and PE made the following main points:

  • The 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 classes.
  • KB 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.
  • The 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 local.
  • The 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 aspirations.
  • The 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.
  • The 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.