The Directors of Public Health met for their System Leadership meeting on 18th August. Key messages are as follows:


  1. Local good news shared – The DsPH updated colleagues on recent good news including:
    1. The oral health promotion team in St Helens recently won a national award for their innovative work.
    2. Cheshire West & Chester Council has been selected to become a LGA prevention at scale area around alcohol misuse.
    3. Halton Council has received Baby Friendly Initiative Stage 3.
  2. Diabetes prevention programme in Cheshire & Merseyside – Ifeoma Onyia presented a paper on the NHS Diabetes prevention programme for DsPH to consider. Sarah O’Brien (Interim Clinical Executive at St Helens CCG) has put herself forward to lead on this work and it was agreed that a meeting would be held with Sarah to discuss public health involvement in this work. Eileen O’Meara, DPH at Halton Council, agreed to feedback to Directors on the outcome of the meeting with Sarah O’Brien.
  3. Minimum Unit Price (MUP) research - Margaret Carney, Chief Executive of Sefton Council, has sent a letter to the Chief Executives and DsPH asking if they wished to be part of and support the research being undertaken Sheffield University to estimate the impact of MUP for alcohol in the North West of England.  This work is being undertaken in conjunction with the North East with the next meeting is scheduled to take place in Manchester in October.
  4. Cheshire and Warrington strategic group updates:
    1. Cheshire & Warrington Public Sector Transformation Programme Board – Muna Abdel Aziz, DPH in Warrington, attended the June meeting which covered Devolution, complex dependency programme and a CCG update.
    2. Cheshire & Warrington Inclusive Growth Conference – Fiona Reynolds, DPH Cheshire East, attended the July conference and updated the DsPH on the new prospectus being developed for the sub-region and the challenges discussed for the sub-region.
  5. Liverpool City Region strategic group updates:
    1. LCR Health Forum – A development session was held 21st July and there is an appetite to develop a LCR Health Forum to add value to local arrangements and to focus on some specifically defined areas.
    2. Portfolio Holders meetings – Fiona Johnstone, DPH in Wirral, attended the August meeting of the LCR portfolio holders to present a summary of outcomes against the LCR Health and Wellbeing ambitions.
    3. LCR Chief Executives’ Champs Collaborative update – Eileen O’Meara delivered a presentation on the Collaborative programmes of work to the LCR CEOs which was extremely well received. The CEOs also asked for their thanks to be passed on to all for the good work that has been done. A copy of the paper presented to the LCR CEOs will be presented to the C&W CEOs in September.
  6. PHE Conference - Cllr Andy Moorhead and LCR Mayor Steve Rotherham will be delivering a presentation at the conference around LCR approaches to improving health and wellbeing.
  7. July Strategic Planning Day – The summer planning day held for DsPH and senior leaders was discussed with those in attendance commenting how useful it was to have senior leaders present. A new public health leadership group will take forward the actions from the planning day.
  8. Making every contact count (MECC) at scale – A paper was presented by Eileen O’Meara on delivering MECC at scale. It was agreed that a small task and finish group would explore a set of principles/standards and how MECC may be implemented with a view to bringing a paper back to a future meeting.
  9. NHS England Update – Julie Kelly gave an update on Governance arrangements for screening and immunisations and informed the group that Sue Forster, DPH St Helens, has agreed to chair the Governance Oversight Group. The next meeting will be arranged for end October/early November. Julie is also meeting with colleagues shortly to discuss antivirals in care homes.
  10. PHE NW Update -  Mel Sirotkin updated that nationally PHE have agreed to produce a set of publications with the LGA, the first of which will be on tobacco for publication by the end of the year. PHE have also agreed some funding for future system leadership support for Cheshire & Merseyside.
  11. New Chair for the DsPH Board – Sandra Davies, DPH in Liverpool, will now become Chair of the Cheshire & Merseyside DsPH Executive Board and Fiona Reynolds will become Vice-Chair. The DsPH expressed their thanks to Eileen O’Meara for her time spent as Chair over the last year.
  12. NW DsPH meeting – There will be a meeting of North West DsPH on 22nd September in Manchester at which Liz Gaulton, former DPH for St Helens, will be presenting on how to be a ‘Marmot City’.