Report of the Executive Director of Place Based Delivery – Central and Tees Valley, North East and North Cumbria ICB
The Executive Director of Place Based Delivery – Central and Tees Valley, North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board gave a presentation (previously circulated), updating Members on the System’s Winter Plan 2022/23.
It was reported that the Tees Valley Urgent and Emergency Care System (UEC) remained under significant and sustained pressure, with no reduction in demand seen during the spring/summer month; and that the pressure had been created by a range of issues which included staffing, increased activity levels and continued impact of Covid.
Members were informed that NHSE/I had produced a winter planning template; that the Local A&E Delivery Board (LADB) was required to RAG rate against 33 priority areas; that for the Tees Valley LADB, all 33 indicators were rated Blue, Green or Amber; and that the planning template had been submitted to NHSE/I.
The presentation outlined the current work that was being prioritised by all partners; and reference was made to a number of potential winter schemes that would support the UEC system.
Members raised concern regarding ambulance handover delays and welcomed the creation of a new ward at Darlington Memorial Hospital to manage handovers; discussed access to treatment via Same Day Emergency Care; and following a question regarding potential winter schemes, the Executive Director of Place Based Delivery – Central and Tees Valley advised Members that additional funding was available for winter planning; that winter pressures depended on a number of factors, all of which were being planned for; and that all hospitals within the North East and North Cumbria would work together to relieve pressure points in the system. Members also noted the support in place for GP practices facing pressures.
RESOLVED – That the thanks of the Board be conveyed to the Executive Director of Place Based Delivery – Central and Tees Valley, North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board, for his informative presentation.
REASON – To convey the views of the Board.