Agenda and minutes

Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Pennine Acute NHS Trust - Tuesday, 15th January, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Lancaster Room (Elizabethan Suite Entrance) Bury Town Hall, Knowsley Street, Bury. BL9 0SW

Contact: Julie Gallagher 

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Apologies were detailed above.




Members of the Joint Committee are asked to consider whether they have an interest in any of the matters on the agenda and, if so, to formally declare that interest.


There were no declarations of interest.



Members of the public present at the meeting are invited to ask questions on any matter relating to the work or performance of Pennine Acute NHS Trust. A period of up to 30 minutes is set aside for public questions.



There were no public questions.



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Minutes of the meeting held on 15th October 2018 are attached.


It was agreed:


That the minutes of the meetings held on 15th October 2018 be approved as a correct record.


Members resolved to re-arrange the agenda and consider the Finance and Recruitment & Workforce update items first.





Nicky Tamanis, Deputy Director of Finance attended the meeting to provide members with a financial update.  The Deputy Director reported that a 5 year national funding settlement for NHS was announced in June 2018 with an additional £20.5 billion per annum by 2023/24.  With particular reference to 2019/20, the deputy director of finance reported that nationally:


  • 1 year tariff and planning round for 2019/20
  • Phasing out of Control Totals
  • National tariff uplift 3.8%
  • Efficiency factor 1.1%
  • CQUIN 1.25%
  • New centralised procurement arrangements
  • “Blended payments” approach for A&E and non-elective activity. Blend of block and activity based payments
  • Refresh of Market Forces Factor for first time in 8 years
  • Broader range of outpatient tariffs, including non-face to face and non-consultant led


Locally, the Deputy Director of Finance reported that key priorities for the Trust will include, the development of the strategic/business cases for the acquisition of PAHT by MFT and SRFT and the impact of working within Greater Manchester.


Key issues for the Trust going forward will be the reduction of the deficit (currently £68.9 million), addressing the IT infrastructure, a backlog of estates work as well as reducing the reliance on the temporary workforce.


Those present were given the opportunity to make comments and ask questions and the following points were raised:


Members discussed the deficit.  The Deputy Chief Finance Officer reported that it is envisaged that the organisation would have a balanced budget within three years.  Service delivery will always be the Trust’s priority.


Responding to a Member’s question, the Deputy Chief Finance Officer reported that there are a number of reasons for the large deficit; including problems with recruitment and retention, higher than average agency costs, structural issues as well as a failure to agree on a control total.


With regards to future budget planning the Deputy Chief Finance Officer reported that a one year budget for 2018/20 will be finalised shortly.


Responding to a question in respect of the newly introduced blended payments approach for A&E and the refresh of the Market Forces Factor, the Deputy Chief Finance Officer reported that this work was overdue.  The Deputy Chief Finance Officer reported that she does not expect this to have a negative impact on the Trust’s finances.


The Deputy Chief Finance Officer reported that capital works would still be undertaken at the North Manchester site during this transitional period. 


Responding to a question from the Chair, the Deputy Chief Finance Officer reported that there has been improvements in the amounts of money spent on agency staff.  This is as a result of recruitment from oversees of a number of medical staff, as well as an increase in the number of newly qualified nurses and the development of the workforce transformation programme.  The programme includes the development of a number of new roles to complement the traditional medical roles including nursing associates/technicians.


In response to a member’s question the Deputy Director North East Sector reported that she does not believe that the organisations across Greater Manchester will  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.



A representative from the Northern Care Alliance will report at the meeting.  A report will be sent to follow.


In the absence of a representative from the Trust’s Human Resources Department, Jo Purcell: Deputy Director North East Sector presented an overview of the Trust’s current agency, sickness and turnover levels.


Members raised concerns in respect of challenges in reducing the amount spent on agency staff at the North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) site as well the 26.75% vacancy rates in medical and dental at NMGH and 17.91% at FGH.



It was agreed:


Recruitment, retention and workforce update will be a standing agenda item.

The Trust will provide further information in respect of the high vacancy rates in medical/dental across the Trust.




Jon Rouse, Chief Officer, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership will be in attendance.  A presentation will be sent to follow.



Jon Rouse Chief Officer Greater Manchester Health &Social Care Partnership attended the meeting to provide an update with regards to the Pennine Acute Transaction. 


The Chief Officer reported that two legally separate but intrinsically linked processes (transactions) are underway to split PAT; both elements will require formal approval at national level.  Firstly NHS Improvement has invited Salford Royal to put forward proposals for the formal acquisition of the Royal Oldham, Fairfield General Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary hospital sites to be part of Salford Royal’s group of healthcare services, called the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA).  Secondly MFT will formally acquire the North Manchester General Hospital site to transfer to MFT as part of its group of   hospitals. The future plans for NMGH is part of the longstanding plan to create a Single Hospital Service for the City of Manchester and Trafford, with involvement of Manchester City Council and MHCC.


Salford Royal has been running Pennine Acute Trust and its services under a management agreement since 2016/17 under the NCA group arrangements.  The NCA is governed by a Committees in Common where both Salford Royal and Pennine Acute NHS Trust Boards have devolved its decision making.


The Chief Officer outlined the planned benefits of the transfer which would include: 

              Integrated Health & Social Care models developed and delivered through partnership arrangements

               Minimising unwarranted variation in care

               Optimising economies of scale and technology

              To be the employer of choice that enables staff to realise their full potential so that recruitment, retention, productivity and staff satisfaction is maximized


The NCA will build on the successful integration of hospital and community-based services already at Salford (through a fully-formed Integrated Care Organisation ICO), and is partnering with local healthcare commissioners to further develop new ‘joined up’ place-based approaches and models of health and social care  in Bury, Oldham and Rochdale


The Chief Officer reported that the transaction will follow a two stage process, stage 1, the submission of the strategic cases, once agreed the next stage will be submission of the full business cases.  All partner organisations involved are committed to working through a series of complex processes in order to secure the best future for patients and staff.


The Chief Officer reported a new ownership and long-term management arrangement for the hospitals currently run by Pennine Acute Trust (PAT) is essential to support the future clinical, financial and workforce sustainability of acute hospital services in the North East sector and across Greater Manchester.


Responding to a Member’s question, the Chief Officer reported that as the transaction progresses essential maintenance works will still need to be undertaken at NMGH.


With regards to work undertaken in respect of separating clinical services following the transaction, the Chief Officer reported that it is essential that the right services are situated on the right site.  This will not only have implications for patient flows/pathways but also for the workforce and IT.


Members discussed whether the large deficit at the PAT could affect the transaction.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.



Any other business which by reason of special circumstances the Chair agrees may be considered as a matter of urgency.


There was no urgent business reported.