The Cheshire & Merseyside Directors of Public Health (C&M DsPH) met for their system leadership meeting on 17th March and were joined by Professor John Middleton, President of the Faculty of Public Health.

Messages from the Champs DsPH System Leadership meeting 17th March:  

  1. Director of Children’s Services (DCSs) Prioritisation event – The DsPH approved the final agenda for the joint prioritisation event with DCSs to determine the top priority to be worked on collectively for children and young people (N.B. the event took place on 27th March and self-harm was selected as the key priority)
  2. New Liverpool City Region (LCR) Health & Wellbeing Forum – The LCR DsPH gave an update on their recent meeting with Margaret Carney, lead Chief Executive for Health and Wellbeing for LCR, who is establishing a new LCR Health & Wellbeing Forum
  3. FYFV Prevention Board - Eileen O’Meara, DPH at Halton, updated DsPH on progress with the FYFV and a new Prevention Board has been proposed by the NHS
  4. Successful Champs British Heart Foundation bid – DsPH thanked all who have contributed and Helen Cartwright, from the Champs support team, who led the bid. It will provide £100k of new external funding over a two year period to support the blood pressure programme
  5. Strategic intelligence - DsPH agreed to jointly recruit a strategic public health intelligence post with PHE and the commissioned strategic intelligence programme for Liverpool John Moores University
  6. Thanks and welcome - Charlotte Simpson was thanked for her contribution as interim DPH for Cheshire East and Helen Bromley welcomed as interim DPH for Cheshire West and Chester.

Visit by Professor Middleton – President of Faculty of Public Health, 17th March:

The Cheshire & Merseyside DsPH were delighted to welcome Professor John Middleton. Professor Middleton used the visit to provide an overview of his role and to understand more about how the C&M DsPH work together as a Collaborative. A number of colleagues with a key Faculty role in C&M were also invited to participate. The DsPH raised important issues including; maintaining an effective public health workforce, maximising prevention within FYFV, opportunities and risks for public health within Accountable Care System models and minimising the impact of business rates retention on public health.

During the meeting, Professor Middleton said the Champs model is the most coherent and positive collaborative way of working I have seen on my travels and I urge all regional DsPH groups to work in a similar way”.  Directly following the meeting Professor Middleton tweeted: "Great meeting with inspiring, effective collaborative network - well done"

The next meeting of the C&M DsPH will be their Board meeting on 21st April.