The Committee received
a report from the Corporate Director – Operations, Homes and
Communities on new relationships which are being developed with
agencies and organisations around the health & well-being
agenda, in particular with the Worcester City Primary Care Network
(PCN). The report highlighted opportunities to collaborate on
existing and new projects including support for rough sleepers
during the COVID-19 pandemic through the ‘Everyone In’
initiative, participation by the PCN in the Worcester City COVID-19
Incident Management Team meetings and their pivotal role in the
delivery of 3 targeted pop-up vaccination centres locally, the
PCN’s commissioning of Onside to provide Social Prescribers
and Lifestyle Advisors to support their patients, and the proposal
to recruit an Occupation Therapist role by the PCN.
In the ensuing
discussion, the following main points were raised:
• Reference was made
to the opportunities for running mobile clinics and a suggestion
was raised, could a stroke awareness session be run?
• Several Members
spoke on the benefits of social prescribing. The Corporate Director
agreed to speak to colleagues from the PCN to discuss what the
Council can do to support and assist, for example through
establishing walking groups. A request was made for Onside to
attend a future meeting to make a presentation on the role of their
• Reference was made
to Dementia Support Grants and the Corporate Director stated that
he would find out if these are still available and inform Committee
Members in writing.
• Members asked
whether a progress report on the Occupation Therapist role could be
scheduled for a future meeting.
• Members noted the
report with thanks and commented that it would be beneficial to
establish how this Committee can support the PCN. Members asked if
Nicole Burger and Claire Gould from the PCN could be invited to
attend a future meeting.
RESOLVED: That the Committee note the contents of this report, and
in particular the increased level of joint working with Worcester
City Primary Care Network.