Agenda and draft minutes

Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Ruthin and by Video Conference


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Declarations of interest pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Members to declare any personal or prejudicial interests in any business identified to be considered at this meeting.


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Urgent matters as agreed by the Chair

Notice of items which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency pursuant to Section 100B (4) of the Local Government Act 1972.


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Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 457 KB

To receive the minutes of the Partnerships Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 14 December 2023 (copy attached).


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The minutes of the Partnerships Scrutiny Committee meeting held on Thursday, 14 December, 2023, were submitted. 


Matters Arising – Page 8 – Setting of Affordable Rent Levels – question was raised regarding the service charge and whether it included the maintenance of play areas.  Also whether the play areas would be brought back under public ownership through Denbighshire County Council.   A written response had been requested but to date had not been received. The Scrutiny Co-ordinator confirmed she had sent a reminder for a response.


RESOLVED that, subject to the above, the minutes of the meeting held on 14 December, 2023, be received and approved as a true and correct record of the proceedings.




To receive a presentation to consider the current position with regards to the project’s delivery including support in principle from the Regional Partnership Board and Welsh Government.


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The Lead Member for Health and Social Care, Councillor Elen Heaton, introduced The Acute Care Director, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) to the Committee. 


Following a meeting to discuss the Royal Alexandra Hospital, progress had been made but it was in the early stages.  The Lead Member confirmed that the Royal Alexandra development was a Health Board project with support from DCC when required.  It was stressed the importance of the development of the Royal Alexandra Hospital to alleviate the pressure on Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and integration between Health and Social Care would be the priority. 


Alyson Constantine, Acute Care Director, BCUHB, confirmed to the Committee the timescales and process for the future. 


A partnership project had been established and support from the Regional Partnership Board (RPB) had been confirmed in December 2023.


Work was ongoing with TACP Architects to provide high level designs, costs and timescales.  


The Option Appraisal would go to BCU Governance in March and then submitted to Welsh Government (WG) at the end of March.   WG would then confirm funding and grant allocations following this stage.


The drivers for the options appraisal were as follows –


·         Refurbish the existing building for sustainability and ensure it was fit for purpose;

·         Utilise the best use of floor space to maximise the community benefits;

·         Focus on integration of health and social care services;

·         Improvement of collaborative working between Health, Social Care and the Third Sector;

·         Enable provision of a Minor Injuries Unit with some beds on the campus;

·         Provide fit for purpose accommodation – not everything in the new building;

·         The option must be affordable.


New clinical building provides new and expanded services –


·         Community beds – a new model of step-up and step-down care;

·         A major injuries unit for the community with District Nurse clinics;

·         Expanded radiology services to include ultrasound and out of hours cover;

·         A third sector hub to offer advice and information and support and promote well-being;

·         Expanded accommodation for integrated health and social care teams at site;

·         A community café for visitors and staff;

·         Community dental services to be provided locally in a fit for purpose environment.


Refurbishment of existing building and use of wider site –


·         Provide a fit for purpose environment for –

o   Multi agency teams

o   Third sector groups

o   Children’s Services

o   Therapy Services, and

o   Sexual Health Services.

·         a range of support teams would be based at the site;

·         retain the two Glan Traeth buildings housing older people’s mental health teams and a range of outpatient services

·         extended car parking offsite.


The Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) Review Scope Options were as follows –


·         Option 1 -  Do nothing

·         Option 2 – Remedial work on existing RAH. No change to services

·         Options 3, 4, 5 – Intermediate Scope – New Options

o   Option 3 – Single Storey, original business case footprint and ground floor layout.  Provide minor injuries, community dental, expanded radiology, expanded sexual health services and the third sector hub.  Refurbishment of the existing building.

o   Option 4 – Single Storey, original business case footprint and new layout.  Provide minor injuries, community dental, expanded radiology, community beds and the third sector hub.  Refurbishment of the existing building.

o   Option 5 – two storey, same floor space as options 3 and 4 and new layout.  Provide minor injuries, community dental, expanded radiology, community beds and third sector hub.  Refurbishment of the existing building.

·         Option 6 -  Maximum Scope of FBC


The timescales would depend on the outcome of engagement with WG over the options available.


Members thanked Alyson for the presentation.


During discussions, the following points were raised  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.



To consider a report by the Scrutiny Co-ordinator (copy attached) seeking a review of the committee’s forward work programme and updating members on relevant issues.


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The Scrutiny Co-ordinator introduce the report and appendices (previously circulated) seeking Members’ review of the Committee’s work programme which provided an update on relevant issues.


The next Partnership Scrutiny Committee meeting was scheduled for 16 May 2024.   There were no items currently listed for the next meeting.  Three proposal forms had been received but they would be discussed at Scrutiny Chairs and Vice-Chairs Group as to which Scrutiny Committee they would be referred to. 


Appendix 3 was the Cabinet’s Forward Work Programme for Members reference. 


Appendix 4 provided the Committee with further information regarding recommendations from the previous meeting.


RESOLVED that the Partnerships Scrutiny Committee confirm the forward work programme as set out in Appendix 1.




To receive any updates from Committee representatives on various Council Boards and Groups.


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