We changed to a new structure last year - an overarching OSC, a Scrutiny Planning Group, 3 Standing Panels (Crime, Health and Culture) and Task & Finish Groups set up as required. This was after some research on alternative models and a visit to Canterbury to consider their structure which was subsequently tweaked to allow for local preference.
The first year's operation is currently being evaluated, but overall the feedback has been very positive. The planning group is considered efficient, responsive (meeting monthly following Executive) and flexible, allowing effective work planning for the main committee which is operating more effectively as a result with tighter, more focused agendas.
A scrutiny structure flow diagram is available - www.chichester.gov.uk/utilities/action/act_download.cfm