The DsPH met on Friday 15th September for their bi-annual Board meeting, chaired by Sandra Davies.

Six key messages were as follows:

  1. PHE Devo presentations – The Liverpool City Region (LCR) Mayor, Steve Rotherham and Cllr Andy Moorhead, Leader of Knowsley Council & LCR Political Lead for Health and Wellbeing gave presentations to the PHE annual conference including the Champs Collaborative programmes. The presentations were very well received and Cllr Moorhead commented that our region had “talented” public health leaders
  2. The Champs Collaborative performance report – This was presented covering progress over the last six months and a copy is attached for local teams. Each DPH or representative outlined progress for their lead area. The Collaborative Risk Register and Finance Report were also presented and approved by the DsPH.
  3. Sue Forster, DPH lead for Suicide Prevention, gave an update on the revised NO MORE Suicide Strategy and Steve Knuckey from St Helens Council gave a presentation to DsPH on the recent C&M suicide audit - All local authority areas supplied data this year and the report (based on inquests completed in 2015) provides qualitative and quantitative information for the C&M Suicide Prevention Partnership, services and practitioners. He outlined the new innovative real-time surveillance approach to enable a timely response from local areas. The DsPH would like to thank Steve and colleagues for completing this important report and establishing real time surveillance.
  4. Campaigns update - The DsPH received an update on priority campaigns from Tracey Lambert, particularly the activity for World Suicide Prevention Day (the Thunderclap for WSPD had a social reach of just under 750,000) and the C&M campaign for Know your numbers week.
  5. Ifeoma Onyia from Halton Council presented a paper on the blood pressure education and training programme - This included the new protocol, in partnership with British Heart Foundation (BHF), that can be followed by practice nurses to ensure blood pressure is appropriately managed.
  6. Eileen O’Meara gave an update on the Five Year Forward View (FYFV) - This included the recent strategic planning meeting with public health leads. DsPH endorsed developing further cross cutting activity including Making Every Contact Count.