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Essential OSC (Overview and Scrutiny Committee) (in-house)

‘Essential OSC’ is designed to enable OSCs to scrutinise the processes public bodies undertake sufficiently to identify whether they have incorporated what they should have done, from establishing a case for change through to final decision making, in service change scenarios. Based around the ideal timeline, it examines what should happen through pre-consultation, option development and consultation, to enable a body to make a decision that is fair and legally sound.

‘Essential OSC’ highlights procedures that health commissioners and service providers should follow, the objectives they must have at each stage, the standards they should adhere to and the legal requirements they must meet. It includes legislation, statutory guidance, law (Gunning and Brown), legitimate expectation, equalities and health inequalities requirements, impacts assessments, how they should engage with the public, service users and stakeholders, how
information should be shared, accumulated and used, how decisions should be made and how to decide whether consultation is required or not.

Who is it for?
This is an ‘essential knowledge’ course designed specifically for OSC members.

Course Aim

• A clear understanding of the processes health commissioners or service providers should go through when conceiving and making changes to services
• An understanding of the legalities that must be observed, including whether consultation is required or not
• The ability to evaluate what sort of involvement for service users, stakeholders and the general public is beneficial
• The confidence to discuss and debate with representatives of health commissioners and health service providers what processes should be taking place on a case by case basis
• Learned from practical examples and actual cases (in the extended version)

Key Learning Points

• Practical appreciation of the ‘ideal timeline’ for service change
• Understanding of the definitions and application of processes within pre-consultation and consultation
• Evaluation of whether consultation is required or not
• The legal framework health commissioners or service providers must work to

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