Health & Care Partnerships (HCPs) require local leaders to come together to describe a shared vision for the health economy and set out the programme of activities which will achieve significant changes to how health services will be delivered.

This provided the Cheshire & Merseyside Directors of Public Health (C&M DsPH) with a significant opportunity to focus on prevention and early intervention as system leaders on behalf of Local Authorities, which they have welcomed as a potential lever for high-level system change. The Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M) HCP enabled a new approach to cross boundary working and delivering prevention at scale.

The C&M DsPH supported the early Cheshire & Merseyside HCP submission with recommendations on key high level actions in relation to three priorities: alcohol harm, high blood pressure and anti-microbial resistance.

The Champs Public Health Collaborative Briefing  entitled: The public health contribution to the Cheshire & Merseyside Sustainability & Transformation Plan (October 2016) provides more in depth information.

Following the formation of the C&M Health & Care Partnership Prevention Board, a further prevention priority of Physical Activity has been added as well as whole system change enablers such as Making Every Contact Count and the new C&M Population Health Framework. You can read the framework here which sets out evidence based guidelines partners can use to create a transformational and sustainable shift in the health and wellbeing of the C&M population.

The C&M HCP Prevention Board is chaired jointly by Senior Responsible Officer, Jon Develing and Clinical Lead for Public Health, Eileen O'Meara, also Director of Public Health in Halton.

Visit the C&M Health and Care Partnership website here

For further information, contact helencartwright@wirral.gov.uk