In August 2017 Directors of Public Health (DsPH) for Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M) endorsed a paper with a series of key recommendations to upscale and strengthen Making Every Contact Count (MECC) activity across Cheshire & Merseyside. The paper was co-produced with local Public Health leads and written by a specialist registrar, Hayley Mercer. The paper highlighted useful peer learning from the Healthy London Partnership, which it is hoped will be transferrable to MECC activity in the C&M area.

The delivery of MECC using a system leadership approach with partners was agreed and the key steps in the delivery of the programme include:  

1. Map and build upon existing local MECC activity

2. Create a shared partnership vision across C&M

3. Establish a Partnership Board and Strategic Plan

4. Share resources and learning across C&M

5. Strengthen local work and support innovation and evaluation

6. Strengthen awareness and engaging branding

A system leadership workshop took place in April 2018 and the MECC Partnership Board is now established chaired by Jon Develing (C&M Health & Care Partnership SRO for Prevention) and Rachel Gosling (Deputy Director PHE NW). Three task and finish groups are working on developing training, communications and evaluation.

It is expected MECC training for frontline staff in hospital trusts will begin in January 2019.

For more information please email louisevernon@wirral.gov.uk