Adult Services, Public Health and the NHS Committee


Chair: Cllr Mrs Betty Rhodes

This committee is designated by Council to assume the local authority public health scrutiny function and will scrutinise, monitor and review:

Adult Social Care and Integration

  • The effectiveness and performance of the Health and Wellbeing Board
  • Protection and care of vulnerable adults, those at risk of abuse or neglect and people with disabilities
  • Arrangements for fulfilling the Council's statutory duties, assurances and arrangements for safeguarding and holding the Director of Adult Services and the Lead Member for Adults to account
  • Social care services for adults in the District to establish that the overall wellbeing of the individual and their carers are at the forefront of care and support
  • The work of any relevant partnerships or public bodies that deliver services to the people of Wakefield in relation to the social care and health including the safeguarding of vulnerable adults
  • The integration of NHS, public health and social care services both locally and across the region
  • Administration of the Better Care Fund
  • Reablement Services
  • Development and implementation of modern and dependable social and health care services in the community
  • Commissioning activity for health and adult services

Public Health

  • The promotion of health and social wellbeing of people in the District
  • Duties under legislation to scrutinise public health and social care functions as identified by Parliament
  • Receive and review the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), Health and Wellbeing Strategy, commissioning plans, delivery strategies, structures and governance
  • Receive and review the annual report of the Director of Public Health
  • Public Health including reducing the prevalence of smoking, obesity and alcohol
  • Services to people with long term physical and mental health conditions
  • Dementia


  • Review and scrutinise matters relating to the planning, provision and operation of the health service within the district, ensuring that new and existing organisations/commissioners/independent providers/charities are held to account through democratic structures
  • Scrutinise those operations proposing substantial service changes to health related issues
  • Take account of the financial and clinical sustainability of services when considering NHS reconfiguration proposals
  • Working with the NHS Commissioning Board to secure local agreement on some service reconfiguration, ensuring that proposals for change meet the Secretary of State's 'four tests'
  • Monitor the satisfaction of people who use both social care and health services

Committee Membership


  • Councillor Elaine Blezard
  • Councillor Gillian Cruise
  • Councillor Josie Farrar
  • Councillor Simon Fishwick
  • Councillor Charlie Keith
  • Councillor Betty Rhodes (Chair)
  • Councillor Olivia Rowley
  • Councillor Nic Stansby
  • Councillor Kevin Swift
  • Councillor Lynne Whitehouse

Co-opted Members (recruited from the general public)

  • Lynda Gatecliffe
  • Mavis Harrison
  •  Vacancy x 2

Minutes, agendas and future meetings

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Contact us

Overview and Scrutiny Office

County Hall

01924 306736/5133