Agenda and minutes

Health Liaison Panel - Tuesday, 8th November, 2022 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Epsom Town Hall, View directions

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Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 207 KB

The Panel is asked to confirm as a true record the Minutes of the meeting of the Health Liaison Panel held on 5 July 2022 and to authorise the Chair to sign them.


The Minutes of the meeting of the Health Liaison Panel held on 5 July 2022 were reviewed by the Panel. The Panel agreed that they were a true record and authorised the Chair to sign them.


Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare the existence and nature of any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests in respect of any item of business to be considered at the meeting.


No declarations of interest were made in respect of the agenda.



Healthwatch Surrey Updates

Updates regarding:

·                An overview of Healthwatch’s service provisions and community engagement streams

·                A presentation on local insight obtained via an engagement project conducted in Surrey Downs + Epsom in September 2022 

Speaker: Vicky Rushworth – Communications and Involvement Officer

Speaker: Virginia Fenton – East Surrey Volunteer Group (Chair)



The Chair welcomed the visitors and invited Vicky Rushworth (Healthwatch Surrey – Communications and Involvement Officer) (‘VR’) to speak.

VR gave a presentation on “What is Healthwatch Surrey?” – an organization funded by Surrey County Council that operates on a completely independent basis and covers the whole of Surrey. She explained that this year is their 10th anniversary year. VR explained how they currently undertaking a rolling programme of “Community Engagement” across the County.

The Chair invited the next guest speaker, Virginia Fenton (Healthwatch Surrey – East Surrey Volunteer Group Chair) (‘VF’), to speak.

VF explained that volunteers allow access for patients to ‘marry-up’ to people who could help solve their problems. They have a great range of volunteers and enhance the value of what Healthwatch has to offer the residents of Surrey. The Community Engagement they undertake is “Place Based”.

A Councillor made an enquiry regarding the powers of the organization. VR responded, saying they employ 17 people, 2 of whom are contracted out to other areas, and have 40 volunteers. VR said she did not have the budget figures to hand and would provide the information at a later time.

A Councillor asked if issues are audited and enquired as to what the largest issues currently are? VR replied that the lack of finance in social care is their biggest issue and discharging of people safely.

An invited attendee stated that 1 in 6 people do not have access to IT and that “Face to Face” must be seen as a priority. They stated that they had heard of cases of it taking 5 weeks for people to get a GP appointment. They enquired as to what Healthwatch does to help these people and deal with the issues of mental health and suicide. VR said that the voices of these people are being heard by the GP surgeries and that the GPs are feeding back what the people are saying. She said that Healthwatch is looking at raising awareness of these issues for GP services.

At this point in the proceedings, a non-member Councillor in attendance at the meeting requested to ask a question to the speaker. The Chair of the Panel informed the councillor that as they were not a member of the Panel or a nominated representative to it, this was not permitted

A Councillor asked what work Healthwatch does with other charities. VR said that Healthwatch work out of ‘Astolat House’, which is the main office location given by Surrey County Council to voluntary organisations and charities, so they work closely with other community partners due to their location.

A Councillor suggested that Healthwatch could set up links and work closer with the Citizens Advice Bureau’s across Surrey, as they are aware of Healthwatch and might be able to help. This suggestion was noted by the Panel.

A Councillor asked what support is offered to carers aged under 16? VR said that Healthwatch support over 18 Carers, but won’t ignore messages from Young Carers.

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