Agenda and minutes

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 28 February 2008. 


The minutes of the meeting held on 28 February 2008 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.




To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Lady Fisher, Mrs. P. Quadling and Mr. M. Broughton.



Declaration of Interest


Members are asked at this stage to declare any interests that they may have in any of the following items on the agenda.  The Members' Code of Conduct requires that declarations include the nature of the interest and whether it is a personal or prejudicial interest.


Mrs. D. Irving declared a personal interest in agenda item 6 by virtue of her membership of the Norfolk and Waveney Trust Foundation.



Non-Members wishing to address the meeting


Mrs. D. Irving was in attendance for agenda item 6.



Mental Health Issues (Agenda Item 6) pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To facilitate a discussion and understanding of mental health issues locally, Mr Hadrian Ball of Norfolk & Waveney Mental Health Partnership and Mr Eddie West-Burnham of West Norfolk MIND will be attending the meeting. 


A copy of the Norfolk & Waveney Mental Health Partnership’s Public Health Strategy is provided as a background document to give context to the discussion.  


Mr. Hadrian Ball, Medical Director of Norfolk & Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, and Mr. Eddie West-Burnham, Chief Executive of West Norfolk MIND, were in attendance for this item.


Mr. Ball welcomed the opportunity to attend the meeting to speak to Members about mental health issues and his organisation’s Public Health Strategy, a copy of which had been circulated with the agenda.  This was the first local authority meeting he had been invited to attend during his eight years as a Director of the Trust.


Mr. Ball explained that the Strategy document was a recent publication covering the next two years and was an important document not only for the organisation but for health economy generally in Norfolk.  The Strategy had been developed following the fundamental system reform of the NHS and to meet new requirements.


The Mental Health Trust aimed to participate in public health activity for Norfolk through the Norfolk Primary Care Trust (NPCT) and local authorities in the County.  It was pledged to co-operate with NPCT and to provide expertise into that process to provide more mental health activity.


Mr. Ball went on to explain that, as a provider, the Mental Health Trust provided services to individuals with mental health disorders.  In the main, these related to schizophrenia and bi-polar disorders.  These were common disorders affecting some 1% of the population, either directly or indirectly.  The impact of such disorders, not only on the individual concerned but on their families and the wider community, was significant.  A sufferer’s life expectancy could be reduced (there was a greater incidence of suicide) and they were often also disadvantaged through what was termed secondary harm, such as weight gain as a result of medication, smoking or coronary heart disease.


It was important, therefore, to take an holistic approach to ensure that, not only symptoms were treated, but also that help was available in the wider context of their lives and social circumstances.  This was referred to as the recovery model of mental health, with the aim of helping people suffering with disorders to lead meaningful lives.


The public health demographic profile of Norfolk was diverse.  Across the County generally, the 65-85 age group was projected to increase significantly but the increase in adults of working age was predicted to be much smaller.  However, the figures for Norwich showed the number of adults of working age expected to rise by 9.2% (compared to the average of 2.6%).  Also, with the exception of Norwich, the numbers of children under 15 years of age was expected to decrease.  This produced an overall profile of older people generally across the County but a younger age profile in Norwich and the services that would be required would therefore depend on peoples’ locations and services would need to be focused accordingly.


It was recognised, however, that general trends could hide areas of need and the Trust was endeavouring to ensure it had a clear understanding of the health needs of the population to ensure  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.


Culture Update (Agenda Item 7) pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Report of the Strategic Director – Services


This report provided an update and overview of the activities and achievements in sport and arts development work and highlighted key upcoming activities for the coming year.


The PFI Monitoring and Sports Development Officer explained the background to what had been a very successful sports development programme and the new initiatives which had been introduced.  A particular success had been the schools sports initiatives with the aim of easing the transition between primary school and high school and providing an opportunity for children to experience new activities in high quality facilities.


Key initiatives during the coming year included:


  • Workforce development for volunteers running clubs to help them up-skill and assist with club sustainability and quality assurance.

  • Breckland Swimming Forum, involving national and regional ASA events and special programmes for mothers and babies/toddlers.

  • Pilot project following a successful Sport England bid to be run in Banham as part of the National Extended Activity programme.


  • A programme of high quality and diverse sport and cultural activity was also being developed to coincide with the handover of the Olympic Games from Beijing to London this year.


A Member raised the issue of provision of and access to activities in the rural villages.  It was explained that this was provided through the Holiday Programme.  A lot of outreach work was targeted at the villages and the summer programme would offer 96 sessions across 22 venues.  However, venues had to meet certain standards of facilities and some villages did not have facilities to the requisite standard.  Some children travelled to successive events in different villages.  The high school-primary school sports day pilot had been trialled in Thetford and was being extended and a scheme to cluster villages with a town was being trialled at Dereham, where village school children would be bussed into Dereham for a day’s sports event at a high school.


Transport remained an issue and last year’s pilot programme to provide transport to the leisure centres had disappointingly not be taken up at all.  However, the scheme was being tried again this year.  Any such scheme also had implications for budget and resources.  Any schemes had to be sustainable in the long term.


It was noted that the number of venues had been increased since last year and the programme to achieve a good geographic spread but support for schemes did vary from community to community.


Details of the arts development work were given by the Arts Development Officer.  The 2007/08 arts development programme had been varied and successful and included, amongst other things, delivery of the holiday activities programme, Village Stage and Screen and Open Studios, development of the Breckland Arts Network, as well as other activities and events for young people.  The BBC Concert Orchestra project had been especially successful and well supported.


The Village Stage and Screen projected continued to grow and nine performances were planned this year (up from five last year).


Feedback from the schools’ programmes had been excellent.


Details of the future programme of events included  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To consider the work programme.  


The programme was noted.  The Chairman advised he would discuss future programme with the Scrutiny Officer prior to the next meeting.


Date of Next Meeting

To note that the next meeting will be held on Thursday, 12 June 2008, at 10.00 a.m. in the Norfolk Room, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham.  


Arrangements for the next meeting on 12 June 2008 were noted.