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Central & North West London Board Meeting on 16th November 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joan Davis   
Sunday, 04 December 2016 17:55
The report below provides items of interest from the meeting, not a summary of the event

1.      London Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services:
This service currently has higher waiting times than planned despite increased investment. This affects achievement of 18 week referral to treatment target for these young patients.

2.      Harrow and Hillingdon Mental Health Services:
Services in these London Boroughs remain chronically less successful than other areas served by this Trust. Under achievements against targets over at least the last four months are attributed to a variety of factors including patients not engaging with the service, staff sickness , staff shortages and data quality issues.

3.      Finance:
The current end of year forecast is a deficit of £5m. However there is a recovery plan which if successful would bridge that gap and produce a balanced outcome. However the plan relies on funding from Sustainability and Transformation Fund Allocation (STF) sources, which requires the Trust to attain its target to reduce its agency spending – which is probably not achievable.

4.      Financial Planning 2017-2019:
Delivery of a balanced budget would require savings of £29.5m. NHS Improvement has issued a draft control total requiring the trust to achieve a positive budget of £3m, which the Trust considers unachievable. The Board has therefore authorised its Chief Finance Officer to negotiate a more realistic control total.

5.      NHS Medicines activity:
Nationally, in 2015 the NHS dispensed one billion medicines, a 50% increase from 2005. 22% of the population are on 5 medicines or more with total expenditure of £13bn per year, increasing by 5% per year. It is estimated that £300m of medicines are wasted nationally each year.and up to 50% of medicines are not taken as intended.

However, the Care Quality Commission’s 2015 report on this Trust highlighted that its medicines governance arrangements were good.

6.      Patient Experience Feedbac In Quarter 2 ending September 2016k :
90% of patients responding to the Family and Friends test would be likely to recommend CNWL. However this was based on 3745 responses representing only 2.8% of patients. The Trust aims to improve this response rate..

7.      CNWL’s Carers Council:
This Council held its first conference in October 2016. Its work plan for the year is focused on:
·         Staff training to raise awareness of carers
·         Listening to cares and their priorities
·         Inproving communication and co-operation between staff and carers.
·         Information for carers
·         Careres’ support and assessments

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