The Directors of Public Health (DsPH) met for their system leadership meeting on Friday 19th May and the key messages are as follows:

Successful visit by President of the Association of Directors of Public Health - The C&M DsPH were joined by Dr Andrew Furber, President of the ADPH and Magdalena van der Steen, Engagement Development Manager at ADPH. It was Andrew and Magda’s second visit to the DsPH group and Andrew commented that our Collaborative was “one of the strongest networks and to be commended”.  Andrew updated on current ADPH activity including engaging with ministers, workforce development and their membership engagement programme. There then followed an open discussion on key issues including; public health workforce development, business rates implementation and accountable care systems.

Champs blood pressure work presented at the NICE Board and Conference - The DsPH heard of the presentations given recently to the NICE Board meeting on 17th May and the NICE annual conference on 19th May by Champs representatives and PHE North West on the blood pressure (BP) work. All presentations were well received and generated enthusiastic discussion/ questions from the NICE team and delegates, particularly around scaling up for wider impact:

  • Mel Roche from the Champs support team presented an overview of the C&M BP work on behalf of the C&M BP system to the NICE Board. The Board members were delighted to see how NICE was making a difference locally and were enthusiastic about the work across C&M.
  • Gunjit Bandesha (PHE NW) and Mel Roche co-presented on the C&M journey so far in tackling high BP as a cross-sector system, giving examples of how collectively we are achieving transformation through development and implementation of the sub-regional BP strategy.
  • Ifeoma Onyia (Public Health Consultant, Halton), David Nolan (Senior Analyst, PHE) and Mel Roche co-presented with NICE at the  ‘Lunch and Learn: Using NICE quality standards’ session, giving insight into how NICE Hypertension quality standards are being used in the C&M BP work.

Champs blood pressure work presented at ADPH Policy Workshop/AGM - Eileen O’Meara, DPH at Halton, updated the DsPH group on the recent ADPH Policy Workshop/AGM where she presented the C&M work on blood pressure. Colleagues were very interested in our approach to tackling blood pressure and would like to share learning. Halton Council were also finalists in the ADPH Annual Report competition. Congratulations to the team!

Champs SLI approach presented to the ADPH SLI Programme Board - Helen Cartwright from the Champs support team, updated the group on the recent ADPH Sector Led Improvement Programme Board. The Board received updates from across the country, including the SLI work in C&M. The feedback was very positive and C&M are one of the leaders around the country on SLI.

Cheshire & Warrington CEOs receive key reports – DsPH were informed that the public health reports on worklessness and in-work poverty were presented to the Cheshire & Warrington (C&W) Public Sector Transformation Board and the C&W Chief Executives and received positively. The C&W CEOs also received information on the Champs case study that was featured in the LGA Annual Public Health report 2017.

FYFV Prevention Board meets for first time – An update was given on the first meeting of the C&M Five Year Forward View (FYFV) Prevention Board, chaired by Eileen O’Meara which took place on 24 May. Hazel Richards, Regional Deputy Chief Nurse, NHS England North will co-chair this Board with Eileen. The C&M FYFV has three prevention priorities included, high blood pressure, alcohol harm and Anti-microbial resistance (AMR). The meeting went well with terms of reference discussed and the Board will be reviewing future baseline surveys on AMR, high blood pressure and alcohol.

Collaborative alcohol harm campaign to be shared with elected members - The Liverpool City Region portfolio holders for health and wellbeing meet again on 28th June and DsPH agreed to share information on the Drink less, enjoy more campaign, developed by Liverpool City Council, which will be rolled out by local areas later this year.

PHE update – Mel Sirotkin gave an update on the finalisation of their business plan, a forthcoming stakeholder satisfaction survey and the dental team who are undertaking a health needs assessment for vulnerable adults and young people. 

NHS England update – Julie Kelly updated on screening and immunisation plans for local authorities and the recent Cyber attack which has affected some screening services.

The next system leadership meeting of the DsPH will be on Friday, 16th June.