West Berkshire Council

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Committee details

Health Scrutiny Committee

Purpose of committee

The Health Scrutiny Committee is responsible for ensuring that the needs and experiences of local residents are considered as an integral part of the planning, development and operation of health services and that those services are safe and effective in meeting local needs.


The Committee responds to formal consultations on health matters. Health bodies are required to consult a local authority’s Heath Scrutiny Committee about any proposals they have for a substantial development or variation in the provision of health services in their area.


Health scrutiny also has a strategic role in taking an overview of how well integration of health, public health and social care is working and in making recommendations about how it could be improved.


Additionally, health scrutiny has a legitimate role in: proactively seeking information about the performance of local health services and institutions; in challenging the information provided to it by commissioners and health service providers; and in testing this information by drawing on different sources of intelligence.


It is made up of five Members, reflecting the political composition of the Authority. Members of the Executive cannot be members of the Health Scrutiny Committee.


The Health Scrutiny Committee can either consider scrutiny topics during a full Commission meeting, or delegate topics to a task group which will report back to the Commission with its findings.


The Health Scrutiny Committee can only consider matters relating to public health and NHS services provided within West Berkshire. Scrutiny of other services is undertaken by the Overview and Scrutiny Management Commission.


Contact:  Scrutiny Officer


Further information links:

Scrutiny at West Berkshire Council

Getting Involved in Reviewing Council Decisions

Part 6 Constitution – Overview and Scrutiny Rules of Procedure



Contact information

Support officer: Gordon Oliver.

Postal address:
Strategic Support
Council Offices
Market Street
RG14 5LD

Phone: 01635 519486

Email: gordon.oliver1@westberks.gov.uk

Web site: http://www.westberks.gov.uk