To receive a report from the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health and the Interim Director of Public Health, and to consider and endorse or make recommendations to the Cabinet Member on the proposed decision to extend the current contract with Kent Community Health NHS Trust to deliver the Health Trainers service until 31 January 2016, pending competitive tender of the service.
1. Ms Sharp introduced the report and explained that it was proposed that the existing contract for the health trainers service be extended to January 2016, to allow time to review work streams and identify any duplication of work between the County Council and its partners. The aim was to achieve one workforce and one contact point for use by the public and professional partners. She responded to comments and questions, as follows:-
a) the health trainers service was praised for its good public engagement, and the extension of the service was supported by speakers; and
b) asked about the risks which were listed in the report against options A and B, Ms Sharp explained that one risk was more immediate than the other, and one option allowed a longer period in which to prepare.
2. The Cabinet Member, Mr Gibbens, thanked Members for their comments and undertook to take account of them when taking the decision.
3. RESOLVED that the decision proposed to be taken by the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, to extend the contract with Kent Community Health Trust to provide health trainers to 31st January 2016, after taking account of this committee’s comments, be endorsed.