Agenda and minutes

Health and Wellbeing Board - Thursday, 28th September, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Room 0.02, Quadrant, The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, NE27 0BY

Contact: Democratic Services  Email:

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Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from the meeting.



Present:   Councillor Karen Clark (Chair)

    Councillor J O’Shea (Deputy Chair)

    Councillors Peter Earley, Pat Oliver and Jane Shaw

            Wendy Burke, Director of Public Health

Eleanor Binks, Director of Adult Services

Lisa Cook, Asst Director of Education, Employment & Skills

Paul Jones, Healthwatch North Tyneside

Chloe Mann, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust

Anna Foster, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust

Kirstin Richardson, Wallsend Primary Care Network

Sam Rennison, Northumbria Police

Dawn McNally, Age UK North Tyneside

Cheryl Gavin, VCS Chief Officer Group

Rachel Nicholson, Public Health

Anya Paradis, North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board

Dean Titterton, YMCA North Tyneside


In attendance:       Scott McKeating and Emma Fagan, North Tyneside Council


Appointment of Substitute Members

To receive a report on the appointment of Substitute Members.

Any Member of the Board who is unable to attend the meeting

may appoint a substitute member. The Contact Officer

must be notified prior to the commencement of the meeting.


Pursuant to the Council’s constitution the appointment of the following substitute members was reported:-


Charis Pollard for Patrick Garner (Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust)

Ross Wigham for Birju Bartoli (Northumbria Healthcare



Declarations of Interest and Dispensations

Voting Members of the Board are invited to declare any

registerable and/or non-registerable interests in matters

appearing on the agenda, and the nature of that interest. They

are also invited to disclose any dispensation in relation to any

registerable and/or non-registerable interests that have been

granted in respect of any matters appearing on the agenda.


Non voting members are invited to declare any conflicts of

interest in matters appearing on the agenda and the nature of

that interest.


Please complete the Declarations of Interests card available at

the meeting and return it to the Democratic Services Officer

before leaving the meeting.


Councillor Jane Shaw declared a Non-Registerable Personal in Item HW15/23 Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust – Strategy – With you in mind, she is a member of CNTW Council Governors.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 22 August 2023


The Board agreed that the minutes of the previous meeting held on 22 August 2023 be confirmed and signed by the Chair.


Director of Public Health Annual Report

To receive the Director of Public Health Annual Report.


The Director of Public Health, Wendy Burke, presented her Annual Report 2022/23 which was titled Back Home: 10 years of Public Health in North Tyneside. The aim of the report was to provide a look back at the previous 10 years when public health had been returned to local government and to look forward to the next set of focuses.


The Director stated that local authorities understood the importance of “place” in promoting wellbeing, building partnerships and the local opportunities for education, work, leisure, and socialising. 


Along with changes in a growing population, lower birth rates and an older overall population with improvement in life expectancy, it was noted there was a decrease in healthy life expectancy at birth for both males and females, but most significantly females.


There have been improvements in a range of health outcomes e.g., increase in breastfeeding rates, fewer teenage mothers, and fewer adults smoking with the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control. However, there was an increase in children who are an unhealthy weight and fewer adults being physically active.


The Director noted the decrease in public health allocations to local authorities, and an increase in prevention work along with the work in supporting the benefits for physical and mental health. Alongside further cuts, the commissioning of health visitors and family nurses transferred over from the NHS was welcomed as the final part of the overall public health transfer.


As part of a wider Violence Reduction Unit, the public health team worked with colleagues in community protection, the police, early help and the VCS to form Project VITA which was designed to steer young people away from anti-social behaviour through engagement / opportunities.


During the pandemic, public health was at the centre of measures to tackle the pandemic nationally and locally. An unintended positive consequence was the strengthening of both local partnerships and North East public health systems.


The Public Health Directorate of the Council now has a wider reach, now including community safety, emergency planning, licensing, trading standards and environment health.


The Director of Public Health stated that in the next 10 years of public health in local government the focus must be on social determinants of health such as decent homes, access to good education and skills development, good employment opportunities with a living wage, active transport, good air quality, green spaces and safer communities.


On behalf of the Board the Chair thanked the Director of Public Health and acknowledged the challenges and successes of the past decade. Members of the Board reiterated these tanks, pointing out the importance of collaboration.


The Deputy Chair asked for some further comment on the Authority’s progress on childhood obesity. The Director of Public Health responded that this issue was both a challenge of social and commercial factors and currently there were limited powers to tackle the fast-food industry. Currently, the service were looking at the business usage of restaurants as takeaways. Much like the work done with tobacco, legislative changes were also needed.


It was  ...  view the full minutes text for item HW13/23


Health and Wellbeing Strategy: Implementation Plan 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 111 KB

To consider and approve the 2023/24 annual implementation plan refresh of the Health and Wellbeing Board’s Strategy, Equally Well: A Healthier, Fairer Future for North Tyneside (2021-2025).


Additional documents:


The Board received the Health and Wellbeing Strategy: Implementation Plan 2023/24 in order to sign off on its refresh.


The Board highlighted how integral the June workshop’s use of the input of members in amending the implementation plan had been.


The members supported the step to sign up to become an age friendly Borough.

A discussion took place about how the plan would tackle vaping, and a discussion took place into how whilst vaping was the best alternative to smoking tobacco, the Board was clear that switching from tobacco to vaping was a distinct issue from those deciding to begin vaping without transitioning from tobacco.


Paul Jones asked if at next year’s event, the issue of access to transport and potentially isolated communities could be added into the discussion. The Director of Public Health stated that the Board’s role would be limited but could discuss and potentially be a voice. 


It was agreed (1) to note the feedback from the Health and Wellbeing Workshop on the implementation plan and (2) to approve the final implementation plan based on the input from the HWBB workshop in June.



Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust - Strategy - With you in Mind pdf icon PDF 9 MB

To receive and consider the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Trust the ‘With you in mind’ Strategy.


The Board received a presentation of the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Trust the ‘With you in mind’ Strategy report.


The members congratulated the trust on the strategy on how lived experience, its accessibility and the carers promise were part of the strategy. A discussion took place on the single assessments. In response to questions, officers said the plan was in place that addiction and mental health would be part of single assessments.


A discussion also took place around the issue of police involvement and support with calls they received about mental health. Both CNTW officers the police said they were continuing to work together and were ready to implement new procedures when all partners were ready. The Police reassured the Board that they were continuing to provide support with calls where an immediate risk was identified.


It was agreed (1) to note the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust – Strategy – With you in mind.


The Chair stated they were due to attend the national conference for members of the Health Equity Network, and would feed back to the board at the next meeting.