Agenda and minutes

Venue: The Fuse, Warburton Lane, Partington, M31 4BU

Contact: Alexander Murray, Democratic and Scrutiny Officer 

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To receive and if so determined, to approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 11 January 2019.


RESOLVED:That the minutes of the meeting held 11 January 2019 be agreed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.



Members to give notice of any interest and the nature of that interest relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct.


There were no additional declarations made.



A maximum of 15 minutes will be allocated to public questions submitted in writing to Democratic Services ( by 4pm on the working day prior to the meeting.  Questions must be relevant to the remit of the Board and will be submitted in the order in which they were received.


No questions were submitted.



To receive a report from the Interim Director of Public Health.


The Head of Partnerships and Communities delivered a presentation to the Board. The presentation covered the process through which the Council’s priorities had been selected. The Board were shown the full Trafford Partnership Structure from Community Partnerships and groups through to Greater Manchester Committees. The Head of Partnerships and Communities spoke about the need to take a whole sector approach as set out by a GM White Paper on Unified Public Services which laid out 6 Key Features of the Operating Model for all Public Service, Health and Care Organisations in GM. The Board were told that Trafford needed to adapt the GM approach in order to make it fit for purpose within the area. The Head of Partnerships and Communities then informed the Board of a number of other documents and the partnership context which would further shape the process.


It was stressed to the Board that that they could no longer work in isolation and instead needed to think of their role as a leader in partnership across the whole system. This required a shift from being reactive to proactive and to influencing rather than controlling. The Board were then shown a list of effective leadership behaviours that the Council needed to exude in order to be effective in its new role.


The Interim Director of Public Health then delivered another presentation to the Board about its role moving forward. While there had been a large amount of change to the Board in the last few years the Board still had to change a lot in order to be effective at promoting Health and Wellbeing in the area. The Interim Director stated that the Board was still not seen as a driver of improvement or change in Trafford’s Health and Social care landscape.


The Interim Director of Public Health then showed Members the statutory requirements of the Board. The requirements were minimal with a lot of the Boards work to be decided by each authority. The Interim Director asked Board Members for their ideas on how the Board could fulfil its role going forward.


Members gave a wide range of suggestions about how the Board could improve and how it should function going forwards. Some Members felt that the Board should be focused upon ensuring that strategies were in place and noted that there was a current lack of strategies especially around mental health and suicide prevention.


Members discussed whether the Board should be holding officers, departments, and organisations to account. It was suggested that while there should be holding to account it should be limited to specific areas where the Board was directly responsible e.g. the creation of the JSNA and the Board should generally look to influence others rather than holding them to account.


Members also stated that the Board needed to look at the impact that they were having in the area and what the outcomes of meetings and attending them were.


The interim Director of Public Health outlined the two key dimensions of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 40.