The DsPH met for their system leadership meeting on Friday 17th June and the key messages are as follows:

  1. Good news from teams - The DsPH highlighted a number of “good news” items including:
  • Liverpool public health team presentations - The Drink Less, Enjoy More campaign, developed by Liverpool Council, was presented to the Home Office Local Alcohol Action Areas recently and will feature as part of the Islington Alcohol Summit. The team in Liverpool will also attend the LGA conference to talk about their nudge work on sugar consumption and the Behavioural Insights team will travel to Frankfurt to share learning on the Fit for me campaign.
  • Blood Pressure - Faculty conference presentation and PHE case study - The Champs blood pressure work has been presented at the Faculty of Public Health conference and is also featured as a case study for a new national PHE blood pressure action plan.
  • Halton wins award - Halton Council and partners have been successful in winning a “Parents in partnership” award on an infant mental health project called “Your baby and you”. Julie Rosser, Public Health Consultant in Halton, picked up the award with their Head of Midwifery in London.
  • Warrington Public Health Annual Report – Warrington’s public health annual report “People, place, prosperity” has been circulated and well received.
  • Champs Learning Hub – A recent learning hub on healthy out of home food provision and air quality, hosted by Liverpool Council, was well attended by environmental health and public health colleagues and the feedback was excellent. There were many opportunities identified for sharing good work on these topics.
  1. New DPH - The DsPH warmly welcomed Ian Ashworth, new DPH for Cheshire West and Chester, to the group.
  2. Cheshire & Merseyside Five Year Forward View (C&M FYFV) Alcohol Harm Reduction Board meet for the first time - The new C&M FYFV Alcohol Harm Reduction Board met for the first time on 15th June with good engagement from partners and good clinical engagement from across each Local Delivery System (LDS). The Board is co-chaired by Fiona Johnstone, DPH in Wirral and Dr Paul Richardson, Consultant Hepatologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. There will be a follow up workshop at the end of July/August and an event in the Autumn to share best practice.
  1. Updates to Cheshire & Warrington CEO Management Board - Muna Abdel Aziz, DPH in Warrington, took two papers to the Cheshire & Warrington CEO Management Board on medical examiners (and the role of LAs) and a worklessness and health report that the DsPH commissioned. The worklessness and health paper recommendations will be included in the Board’s public sector reform action plan.  The Champs case study in the 2017 LGA Public Health Annual Report was seen by the Board as a great sub-regional success.
  1. Prioritisation event report shared with Directors of Children’s Services - Eileen O’Meara, DPH in Halton, took a report to the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Directors of Children’s Services Board following the prioritisation event that took place in March.  The Directors of Children’s Services are keen to progress the self-harm priority that was chosen in March and a further event is being planned to take this work forward.
  1. National Blood Pressure Board update - Muna Abdel Aziz fed back from the National Blood Pressure Board meeting and the British Heart Foundation bids were discussed, with regard to sharing and learning the work from all the bids and the PHE Heart Age Tool.
  1. LCR DsPH meet with lead CEO - The LCR DsPH will meet with lead Chief Executive Margaret Carney in June and the draft agenda was approved by the DsPH.  The agenda includes a discussion on health and wellbeing outcomes for LCR, a proposed LCR health forum and forthcoming update meetings with the LCR Chief Executives and LCR portfolio holders for health and wellbeing, where the alcohol harm reduction work will be shared.
  1. Progress made on ACOs - There was a general discussion on Accountable Care Organisations and the progress so far in each area. All areas are at different stages however most have been formulating action plans for how they will work. Information about a new PHE led national network was shared.
  1. Film festival to be explored - The DsPH agreed to explore a Public Health Film Festival to be held later in 2018, as part of the celebrations to mark the 10 year anniversary of Liverpool Capital of Culture, to raise awareness of public health issues through film. Matthew Ashton, Joint DPH for Knowsley and Sefton will bring a proposal to the Directors at a future meeting.
  1. NHS England update – Julie Kelly updated the DsPH group on the screening and immunisations team and that flu planning has begun. Each area will receive some additional funding to promote flu vaccinations. Julie will bring the Q1 update on the NHS England public health delivery plan to the August DsPH meeting.
  1. PHE North West update – Mel Sirotkin updated that their stakeholder survey has been sent out and their new business plan is now available. Mel will also be meeting with the new under-Secretary of State for Health, Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price.  A high level health profile for England is expected, which may be of use to local areas, but has been delayed due to the election.
  1. New ADPH North West meeting - There will be a North West ADPH meeting on 22 September in Manchester and it is hoped that Liz Gaulton (former DPH for St Helens) will attend and give a talk on being a Marmot city.
  1. Public health grant presentation - Finally, the DsPH received a presentation by Tarquin Jones, Head of Finance for PHE regions on the public health grant assurance process.  The presentation was well received by the DsPH and a discussion followed the presentation.