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Chair's Communications

The Chair of the Board will start the meeting with a short update on recent developments on health and wellbeing.



32.1    The Chair gave the following communications:


CAMHS for young people with autism


 32.2   Cllr Shanks had asked for some information on a formal complaint made by mASCot, a parent-led group that supports autistic and neurodiverse young people. I can confirm that mASCot made a formal complaint to the Chief Executives of SPFT, the CCG and BHCC in October 2021. There were a number of meetings with our colleagues from the CCG and SPFT and there was a meeting with mASCot representatives and the three organisations involved on the 29 October to discuss the points they had raised in the main body of the complaint. There was a further follow up meeting in November between all parties, PaCC and Amaze where any outstanding matters were addressed. There was a formal response to mASCot on the 12 January 2022; further meetings with mASCot are planned and an action plan is now in place.


          Covid guidance and testing


32.3    With legal restrictions being lifted and the need for us all to adjust to living with Covid, I would encourage you all to please continue to think others. Open a window where you can, meet outside, wash your hands and consider wearing a face covering anywhere that’s busy or enclosed. We may no longer legally be required to self-isolate, but if you feel unwell I would encourage everyone who can to please stay at home. And if you have any Covid symptoms you can still get a PCR test until 31 March.




32.4    Vaccines continue to provide the best protection against COVID-19. If you haven’t already had yours, appointments can booked online or over the phone, or you can visit a walk-in.There’s now more availability at more times and locations in the city. So hopefully you can find a session that’s convenient for you, with no waiting around. There’s also help for you to get there if you need it, and the vaccine teams can answer any questions you might have.


No smoking day


32.5    Wednesday 9 March is national No Smoking Day. Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do to improve your health. If you need help you cut down or stop smoking support is available. You can find advice online from NHS Smokefree, from local pharmacies, or you can get one to one support from our Health Trainers.


Brighton & Hove Dance Active - Produced by The Healthy Lifestyles Team


32.6    Dance Active is an annual inclusive event targeting those experiencing barriers to participation, enabling them to enjoy the considerable health benefits of dance.  99 children and 84 adults took part with 20% of participants being aged 50+. In previous years 30% of dancers declared disabilities and we expect a return to this post-pandemic.  The event was a powerful example of work that can contribute to pandemic recovery.


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32.7    RESOLVED -That the content of the Chair’s Communications be received and noted.


32(b)  Callover


32.8    The Democratic Services Officer then called over the items appearing on the agenda and all were called for discussion.


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