The Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M) Directors of Public Health (DsPH) met on Friday 21st April as an Executive Board and the key messages are as follows:
- The annual Champs Collaborative Performance Report for 2016/17 was reviewed with some excellent achievements such as:
- Selection of the Champs Collaborative as a best practice case study in the LGA 2017 Annual Report ‘Public Health Transformation Four Years On’
- In challenging financial times generating £450k of new external resources
- Strategic placing of key public health intelligence documents including the Cheshire & Merseyside Workplace Health/Worklessness reports informing devolution related programmes
- Inclusion of prevention/early intervention priorities with the Five Year Forward View Plan
- Children and Young people’s innovative resilience building programme, Youth Connect 5, being delivered at scale and at no local cost due to a successful bid with Health Education England
- Visit by the Health Select Committee (HSC) and reference to the Champs suicide prevention work in numerous national reports and events (LGA, PHE, NICE, NSPA, HSC)
- Suicide Gatekeeper training being delivered at scale to those in direct contact with vulnerable groups
- Launch of the cross sector Cheshire & Merseyside Blood Pressure Strategy in May 2016, described as ‘state of the art’ by international expert Professor Norm Campbell
- Development of a multi-agency Strategy for Anti-Microbial Resistance led by the strategic health protection leads group and PHE
- Be a Lover Not a Fighter domestic abuse social marketing campaign with an estimated reach of 1.5m people and a finalist for the NICE Shared Learning Award
- Delivery of a comprehensive CPD/events programme including a series of Sector Led Improvement workshops and with over 500 participants benefitting
The DsPH would like to sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to a collaborative project and made 2016/17 so successful
- Julian Brookes, Deputy Chief Operating Officer PHE, attended to discuss potential joint working on sexual health. Lucia Scally, Cheshire East, and Susie Gardiner, Liverpool, are leading with the Commissioning Leads group.
- Ian Canning from Liverpool presented a proposal to adopt Liverpool City Council’s “Drink Less, Enjoy More” campaign across C&M in October. The campaign aims to promote greater enforcement of the law prohibiting the sale of alcohol to intoxicated people. DsPH endorsed the proposal and a briefing workshop for local areas will take place early June. The collaborative campaign will include radio and outdoor advertising, digital media and training for bar staff.
- DsPH approved the draft report from the Children and Young People’s Prioritisation Workshop on March 27th. Mental wellbeing with a focus on self harm was selected as the top priority for a new Task and Finish Group to lead. A detailed evidence review will also be commissioned to inform the development of the work. The report will be presented to the Merseyside Directors of Children’s Services Group and Cheshire & Warrington Public Sector Transformation Board.
- Eileen O’Meara provided an update from the Five Year Forward View working group and shared the terms of reference and governance arrangements for the new C&M Prevention Board. The new Board will meet on May 11th.
The next meeting of the C&M DsPH will be their system leadership meeting on 19th May.