The C&M DsPH met on Friday 15th December for their system leadership meeting and the six key messages are as follows:


  1. Minimum unit pricing paper presented to Cheshire & Warrington Board – Fiona Reynolds, DPH for Cheshire East, took a paper on minimum unit pricing for alcohol to the Public Sector Transformation Board (PSTB) which was strongly supported. The paper will go to CEOs and Leaders in the New Year. A new public sector reform strategy and C&W prospectus are being developed with public health input led by Fiona.
  2. Health related worklessness report presented to LCR Employment and Skills Board – An evidence review was presented by Matt Ashton, Joint DPH Knowsley and Sefton and was well received. Next steps are being considered by the Chair.
  3. LCR health and wellbeing cabinet members receive suicide prevention update – Sue Forster, DPH for St Helens and lead Director of Public Health in Cheshire & Merseyside for suicide prevention, took an update paper on suicide prevention to the portfolio holders including the updated NO MORE suicide strategy, the launch of the Zero Suicide Alliance, real-time surveillance and the September suicide prevention summit. Following the update, members agreed to ensure their local areas have a current and robust local suicide prevention action plans.
  4. DsPH approved children’s CPD event report and publication of new LJMU self-harm report – A new evidence report commissioned by the DsPH on self-harm was disseminated at the recent resilience and emotional wellbeing event for children and young people. The report from the joint event with Directors of Children’s Services was approved by DsPH including recommended next steps on self-harm and Adverse Childhood Experiences. The event report will now be shared with the Directors of Children’s Services and the evidence report can be read on the Champs website
  5. Supporting pregnant women to stop smoking presentation given to the C&M Local Maternity System Board – Julie Webster, DPH for Wirral, and Becky Mellor from Wirral public health team presented to the local maternity system meeting about how to improve rates for stopping smoking in pregnancy. Julie Webster will now lead a small task and finish group to take forward the recommendations with the Strategic Clinical Network. The DsPH would like to thank Becky Mellor for her great contribution to this work and the local tobacco control leads.
  6. C&M sexual health commissioning pilot gathers pace – Ian Ashworth, DPH Cheshire West and Chester and Lucia Scally presented an update on the sexual health feasibility study. The three workstreams include achieving a common specification, looking at patient flow and exploring prevention and self-help service arrangements. An event for commissioners has been held and a provider event is planned in January. A huge thanks to Lucia and all the local commissioners for driving this work forward. 


Other significant items discussed include:


  • C&M FYFV update - Jonathan Develin has been appointed as the new SRO for prevention in the FYFV and Eileen O’Meara will continue as Clinical Lead for prevention and attend SRO and Partnership Board meetings on behalf of DsPH. Charlotte Smith, Registrar in Public Health will provide support to the FYFV alcohol harm priority 1 day per week.
  • The Champs Collaborative draft strategic plan – The outline for 2018-20 was approved and will be shared with the two lead C&M Chief Executives prior to publication to ensure it fits well with local authority collaborative working.
  • The LCR Health Summit - will take place on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with its overarching theme being to create a health and wellbeing movement. It will focus on 3 key areas, best start in life, living well into old age and resilient places.
  • New roles:
    • Eileen O’Meara, DPH at Halton will be joining PHE for 2 days per week as Interim North West Director of Programmes. This will be a job share with Alan Higgins, DPH in Oldham.  Congratulations to them both.
    • Gunjit Bandesha, Consultant in Healthcare Public Health for PHE is going on secondment to Salford and Martin Seymour, Consultant in Public Health from Sefton Council will be leaving the authority shortly. Huge thanks to Gunjit for her excellent system leadership and Martin for his hard work.
    • We wish them all good luck in their new roles.  
  • The DsPH also shared items of good news:
    • St Helens have been shortlisted in the LGC awards for their oral health promotion work, congratulations to all.
    • Knowsley have received LGA funding for behavioural insight and will share the results of the work.
    • The C&M Blood Pressure Partnership Board met and welcomed new lay members who gave really helpful contributions. There has been great progress and engagement on this priority, thank you to everyone who has been part of it.
    • Cheshire West and Chester will be launching a new falls prevention service.


The C&M DsPH would like to take this opportunity to wish all colleagues and partners a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.