The Committee scrutinises the broad range of important issues that make up the portfolios of the Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health and the Cabinet Portfolio for Public Protection and Licensing. However, the Adults, Health and Public Protection Committee has two important and external statutory duties which it must carry out in relation to both health and crime.
The Adults, Health and Public Protection Committee is Westminster’s statutory health scrutiny committee and looks at the work of the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and NHS provider trusts (including Imperial, Chelsea and Westminster, Central London Community Healthcare and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.)
The Committee acts as a 'critical friend' by recommending ways that health related services could be improved but also has a formal power to refer any variation in health services to the Secretary of State should they consider that the changes are inappropriate. The Committee also looks at the way the health service interacts with our social care services, the voluntary sector, independent providers and other council services to jointly provide better health services to meet the diverse needs of Westminster residents and improve their well-being.
The Adults, Health and Public Protection Committee also acts as Westminster’s Crime Committee as defined in the Crime and Disorder (Overview and Scrutiny) Regulations 2009 and carries out the scrutiny of decisions or action taken, in connection with the discharge of their crime and disorder functions – such as the Safer Westminster Partnership and any decisions or strategies it adopts.