The DsPH met for their Board meeting on Friday 13 April and the key messages are as follows:


  1. Champs Collaborative end of year report – each priority was presented by the lead DsPH and shows a year of system influence and great achievements. The report is attached but key highlights include:
  • Alcohol harm reduction – Minimum unit price study by Sheffield University and the successful work around Licensing including Drink less, enjoy more campaign delivered at scale
  • External income generation – totalling £367K including successful BHF bid and HEE resource for NW Practitioner Registration Programme
  • Collaborative commissioning – the national sexual health pilot has resulted in a new joint sexual health services specification
  • Communications and marketing – successful awareness raising campaigns around priorities such as blood pressure and suicide prevention (World Suicide Prevention Day Thunderclap with a reach of 750,000)
  • CPD and events – 800 delegates attended 14 events in 2017-18 with 94% rating events as “good” or “very good”
  • Health protection – good progress on air quality and the establishment of the new Anti-microbial resistance Board for the Health & Care Partnership (HCP)
  • High blood pressure – increased in testing in community pharmacies, fire fighters trained as part of safe and well checks, a quality improvement package developed for primary care, total of 2,800 new blood pressure checks for the British Heart Foundation project
  • Improving mental health and wellbeing for children and young people – the Youth Connect 5 (YC5) training pilot delivered at scale and joint self-harm prevention work with Directors of Children’s Services
  • Making every contact count (MECC) – new joint SCN programme lead, scoping exercise in progress, successful partnership workshop to develop vision and strategic framework
  • Intelligence – systematic approach to audit data and C&M suicide audit report, key reports commissioned on topics such as self-harm and resilient communities.
  • Suicide prevention – refreshed NO MORE suicide strategy launched at annual suicide prevention summit, real time surveillance established, C&M suicide safer communities status being sought

*The DsPH would like to thank colleagues and partners across the system for their support in these achievements*

  1. Champs Business – The performance dashboard, risk register, finance paper and Delivery Plan for 2018-20 were also approved by the Board.
  2. Business rates retention - The DsPH agreed to highlight their concerns regarding business rates and will be liaising with organisations such as the ADPH, FPH, PHE and the NHS to ensure that services can continue to be delivered.  
  3. Prevention Board workshop - The HCP Prevention Board will be holding a workshop on 26th April to look at a prevention model/framework, review priorities and align prevention cross strategic themes.
  4. New members - Mel Sirotkin, Centre Director, PHE North West and Julie Kelly, Head of Public Health, NHS England have joined the DsPH formal bi-annual Board meetings as Associate Board members.

The DsPH shared items of good news including:

  • St Helens has been nominated for a Municipal Journal award in the partnerships category for their accountable care organisation.
  • The recent MECC event was a success with good representation across the system with everyone keen to collaborate to accelerate MECC at scale
  • Gregor Henderson, mental health lead at PHE national team has expressed an interest in working with Cheshire & Merseyside following his recent attendance at the mental health concordat where YC5 was presented.
  • Two projects for Well Sefton have been shortlisted for the Echo Environment awards.

The next systems leadership meeting will be held on Friday 11 May 2018.