The DsPH met for their system leadership meeting on Friday 13 October, chaired by Sandra Davies. The six key messages are below.
- Cheshire & Warrington (C&W) strategic group updates: DsPH update to the CEO Management Board 15th September. Fiona Johnstone presented an update on alcohol licensing and the Collaborative end of year report and Business Plan. DsPH update the Leaders Board 25th September. Fiona Reynolds presented the update on alcohol licensing and the Collaborative end of year report and Business Plan. There was strong support for the alcohol licensing work and in particular the Police & Crime Commissioner wants to develop closer joint working.
- Liverpool City Region strategic group updates: LCR Portfolio holders. The next meeting of the LCR portfolio holders will take place on 2nd November and a paper will be presented on the Jamie Oliver Foundation Food Revolution 6 point plan. New LCR Fairness and Social Justice Board – A new Fairness and Social Justice Board is being established by the Mayor and DsPH are seeking a place on the Board.
- PH led smoking in pregnancy review– Following a request from the C&M Local Maternity System (LMS) Board chaired by Simon Banks, Becky Mellor (Wirral Council) and the tobacco control commissioners along with Julia Rosser and Sharon McAteer (Halton Council) are conducting a review on current service provision and performance. The review will outline how performance could be improved and it will be presented to the CM LMS on the 24th November.
- Sexual health commissioning pilot - Ian Ashworth presented an update paper on the preparation work in readiness for a feasibility study on sexual health commissioning. The commissioners group identified three work streams; developing a C&M service specification for local determination, analysis of patient flow data and exploring an approach to prevention of STIs and self-help advice. The DsPH approved the approach and will be kept informed of progress. A joint meeting with the PHE and CCG leads is planned for 18th October.
- C&M Healthy Living Pharmacies report - Ifeoma Onyia (Halton Council) and Bruce Prentice (NHS England) presented a report on the work of the healthy living pharmacies and the campaigns successfully delivered such as “know your numbers” and alcohol awareness. Pharmacies are contracted to deliver six public health campaigns per year and DsPH were asked to comment on the topics that should be covered for these campaigns. It was decided to continue to focus on the priority topics from this year for consistency and impact.
- FYFV Prevention Board took place - 28th September - Muna Abdel Aziz updated the DsPH on the priorities discussed at the meeting. Following the survey on blood pressure, three priority areas have emerged and were presented at the meeting, a) Making every contact count b) blood pressure testing in community pharmacy and c) quality improvement in primary care. Under Anti-Microbial Resistance, the key priority actions highlighted were a) dedicated community microbiology resource and b) dedicated medicines management support. For alcohol harm, an audit has been drafted and will be issued within the next few weeks.