Agenda and draft minutes

Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (JHOSC) on Lambeth Hospital Redevelopment
Thursday 28 January 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Lambeth will host Online via MS Teams

Contact: Julie Timbrell (Southwark) 020 7525 0514 Christian Scade ( Lambeth ) 020 7926 0045 

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Declaration of Pecuniary Interests


Minutes of Previous Meeting


Improving Inpatient Mental Health Services – Progress

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    The chair invited Lambeth and Southwark teams to present.


    David Bradley, Chief Executive, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) introduced the presentation by saying the committee’s 15 recommendations had all been accepted.


    Nancy Kuchemann, Southwark GP, and mental health lead for South East London (SEL) Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) thanked the committee for a compelling and detailed case. The recommendations were strongly supported at SEL CCG.


    It was reported that work has now started on site and the Douglas Bennett House at the Maudsley Hospital is being redeveloped to provide eight purpose-designed, modern adult inpatient wards.


    Dr Robert Harland, Clinical Director for Lambeth Adult Services at SLaM, emphasised the improvement to the new provision and in particular the provision of on- suite bathrooms. The integration of physical and mental health is also of benefit and been vital with COVID-19.


    A service user described the current provision being replaced as having long dark corridors with nursing stations far away, poor bathrooms and no green spaces or places to relax.


    Natalie Creary, Programme Delivery Director, Black Thrive, reported on the work developing a culturally appropriate inpatient process. A service user gave an insight on the co - design process with service users, remarking that she has thoroughly enjoyed working with Black Thrive and their voices had been registered. Interviews had taken place with service users and they had also been involved with devising job descriptions, which she reported had been very valuable.


    Neil Jackson, Director of Capital Planning, Estates and Facilities, SLaM, went through the future plans for the Lambeth Hospital site, covering the master plan and provision of affordable housing, in particular.


    Carla Fourier, Director of Social Care, SLaM, covered the aftercare arrangements with council partners, particularly Lambeth and Southwark, but also other boroughs. A draft memorandum of understanding was presented around Section 117 in November to council leads. She explained that this is a complex legal situation, as frequently service user’s move between boroughs.  Further work is ongoing on this.


    Jo Kent, Deputy Director of Southwark Adult Mental Health Services, SLaM explained that SLaM uses limited private provision. Work has been done looking at future projections on service use for Southwark residents, which demonstrates that there is local bed capacity until 2027, but action will need to be taken to plan beyond this date.  Nancy Kuchemann spoke about Southwark services users, the potential impact on local services, and summarised by saying she was satisfied Southwark is in a good place there.


    David Bradley said that the impact of COVID -19 has slowed work but it is still on track.


    The chair then invited questions and the following points were made:


    • The risk of the pandemic adding costs to the building has been mitigated and controlled through the use of two separate teams on shifts to enable work to continue if, and when, there are outbreaks. A similar methodology has been applied to the supply-chain.