Committee details

Health and Social Care Select Committee

Purpose of committee



To undertake the overview and scrutiny role in relation to the following Cabinet Member portfolio(s) and service areas:


·         Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care

·         Adult Social Work

·         Adult Safeguarding

·         Provider & Commissioned Care

·         Public Health

·         Health integration / Voluntary Sector


Statutory Healthy Scrutiny


This Committee will also undertake the powers of health scrutiny conferred by the Local Authority (Public Health, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny) Regulations 2013. It will:


·         Work closely with the Health & Wellbeing Board & Local HealthWatch in respect of reviewing and scrutinising local health priorities and inequalities.

·         Respond to any relevant NHS consultations.


Duty of partners to attend and provide information


The Local Authority (Public Health, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny) Regulations 2013, imposes duties on ‘responsible persons’ to provide a local authority with such information about the planning, provision and operation of health services in the area of the authority as it may reasonably require to discharge its health scrutiny functions through the Health & Social Care Select Committee. All relevant NHS bodies and health service providers (including GP practices and other primary care providers and any private, independent or third sector providers delivering services under arrangements made by clinical commissioning groups, NHS England or the local authority) have a duty to provide such information. Additionally, Members and employees of a relevant NHS body or relevant health service provider have a duty to attend before a local authority when required by it (provided reasonable notice has been given) to answer questions the local authority believes are necessary to carry out its health scrutiny functions. Further guidance is available from the Department of Health on information requests and attendance of individuals at meetings considering health scrutiny.


Cross-cutting topics


This Committee will also act as lead select committee on the monitoring and review of the following cross-cutting topics:


·         Domestic Abuse services and support





Contact information

Support officer: Nikki O'Halloran. Email: