The Council works in partnership with other public sector providers to address local priorities. To reflect the partnership work that the Council undertakes, it is important for Overview and Scrutiny to scrutinise these arrangements in partnership with other public sector organisations.
Every year, the Department of Health requires health trusts to produce Quality Accounts. As their name suggests, these are statements of the quality of care provided by patients. In Warwickshire, five Quality Accounts are produced covering all the major hospitals in the county, mental health services and the ambulance service, on which the Council is invited to comment. Over the coming year, Councillors from Warwickshire County Council and the five District and Borough Councils in Warwickshire, Coventry and Warwickshire LINk and Coventry City Council will be looking at the quality of services provided within the five NHS Trusts operating in the County. This new approach should ensure improved scrutiny of the quality of health services in the County, and involve all of the relevant partners in doing so.
Previous partnership scrutiny exercises that have been undertaken:
Area based grant scrutiny
Warwickshire’s Public Service Board requested that a partnership scrutiny exercise be undertaken in relation to the allocation of Area Based Grant.
Local area scrutiny
The council has also undertaken local area scrutiny exercises in partnership with district and borough councils.
Scrutiny of Partnership matters and commissioning of Task and Finish Groups in relation to cross cutting issues is undertaken by the Overview and Scrutiny Board.