These pages refer to projects carried out to March 2015 under the former Champs Public Health Collaborative Service and the projects are now closed. Information has been retained on the Champs website for reference purposes.  Job roles, contact details and other information may be out of date.

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Protecting health

Supporting a safe and resilient health protection system that protects local people’s health through expert leadership and co-ordination. Director of Public Health lead: Rita Robertson, Warrington

This area of work facilitates effective health protection leadership and sharing of skills and capacity. This is through sharing health protection consultants and allowing public health teams to “buy” expertise from other areas within Cheshire and Merseyside.

The ‘Protecting Health’ component has dedicated programme management support to deliver identified health protection projects and commission identified health protection services. It operates in a coordinated and systematic way to ensure maximum capacity and capability of local health protection resource.

The work also facilitates model health protection plans, shared training and development of health sector organisations, multi-agency relationship management and network facilitation between partner organisations.

  • The current health protection work programme includes: Development of Local Health Resilience Partnerships (LHRP’s). Ensuring effective plans are in place to support emergencies/outbreaks and address local risks to health and wellbeing. This collaborative work aims to improve LHRP linkages and develop assurance in the health protection system.
  • Review of health protection intelligence monitoring and development of a standardised health protection ‘dashboard’.
  • Population scrutiny via multi-agency screening and immunisation programme boards
  • Supporting development of a strategic antimicrobial resistance (AMR) strategy with PHE Health Protection Forum review. To read the latest AMR newsletter click here 


Protecting Health Group
Members of this group include:



 Rita Robertson

St Helens

Dympna Edwards


Sarah MuNulty

Liverpool / Sefton

 Emer Coffey

Cheshire West & Chester / Wirral

 Fiona Reynolds

 Cheshire East

 Guy Hayhurst


 Ifeoma Onyia / Sarah Johnson-Griffiths

Public Health England Cheshire & Merseyside

Sam Ghebrehewet

NHS England (Merseyside) / PHE

Dan Seddon

NHS England (Cheshire) / PHE

Helen Lewis-Parmar

Support Team

 Heather Thomas

Support Team

 Helen Unsworth