Agenda and draft minutes
Health and Wellbeing Board - Wednesday, 7th July, 2021 10.00 am
Venue: Council Chamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension. View directions
Contact: Andrew Woods
Note: This meeting can viewed on this link - https://vimeo.com/570248066/e21df3d9f2
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 9 June 2021.
The minutes of the meeting held on 8 June 2021 were submitted for approval.
Councillor Midgley reported that the review of the Health and Wellbeing Board was ongoing and a revised membership of the Board would be submitted to the Constitutional and Nomination Committee for consideration on 13 July 2021. In addition, arrangements for planning a programme of work for the rest of the year were in place.
To agree as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Board held on 8 June 2021.
The report of the Director of Public Health and the Medical Director (Manchester Health and Care Commissioning) is attached.
The Director of Public Health and Medical Director, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning submitted a report that made reference to the action taken on 8 June 2021, where Manchester along with the rest of Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire were designated as an ‘enhanced response area’. Manchester has since developed and implemented the local area action plan.
The Director of Public Health provided an update on the implementation of the Plan which runs up to the 19 July. The priority workstream in the Plan is the Targeted Vaccination Drive. The Medical Director, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning was unable to attend the meeting and, in her absence, the Director of Public Health provided the update on the vaccination drive work and the wider roll out of the Citywide Vaccination Programme. A presentation was also provided.
The Board was informed that from the projections made on the rates of infection, it was highly likely that infection rates would rise nationally in the next month due to the high transmissibility of the delta variant. The latest number of infections, to date, in Manchester is 534 per 100,000 and this is the 12th highest in England. The infection rate across Greater Manchester is changing constantly due to the volatile nature of the virus. The Board was informed that nationally a third wave was happening, however, from the data on rates of infection the north west of England is in a fourth wave. The point was made that although the number of cases per 100,000 is showing signs of slowing down, it is still important continue with vaccinations as well working to dispel a belief that catching covid was acceptable. Not enough information is held on the impact of ‘long covid’ and how the infection may impact on young people’s health. The links in number of hospitalisations requiring critical care and related mortality is not rising in line with the infection rates.
The work within the eight priority wards in Manchester has produced a positive impact in those areas of the city. The data on current transmission rates indicate that there is an increase in the high school and primary school age groups. This has had a negative impact on school attendance across schools in the city. The data has also shown the positive impact of engagement work within the Black African and Bangladesh communities and informed where focus needs to be targeted to increase engagement in younger age groups.
The data on rates of serious illness and mortality has demonstrated a break in the link when comparing 2020 to 2021. The Board was reminded that the Marmot Review – Health Equity in England, had highlighted that over the past year Manchester had lost 3.1 years of male life expectancy and 1.9 years of female life expectancy.
The Director of Adult Social Services addressed the Board in reference to adult care arrangements. The Board was advised that in 2020 the Manchester Strategic Care Homes Board was established that brought together partners ... view the full minutes text for item 16.