The Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M) Directors of Public Health (DsPH) met on 7th December for their system leadership meeting. The key messages are as follows:

  1. Cheshire & Warrington (C&W) sub-regional management and leaders boards – Fiona Reynolds took the Champs Strategic Delivery Plan and progress report to the Boards which were very well received. An update on a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol was also discussed and was fully supported by the Leaders Board.
  2. Local industrial strategies update – Both the C&W and Liverpool City Region (LCR) Industrial Strategies are progressing and connections have been made to ensure a good input into both strategies from public health. Lead CEO’s for health and wellbeing, Margaret Carney (LCR) and Kath O’Dwyer (C&W) are supporting the drive to ensure public health is included.
  3. Sector led improvement (SLI) approach strengthened – Helen Cartwright presented a paper of current activity and next steps to strengthen Cheshire & Merseyside’s approach to SLI. It also included details of peer challenge training provided by the LGA in February. Fiona Reynolds and Matt Ashton will be DsPH representatives for this work.
  4. Making every contact count (MECC) update – Louise Vernon presented a paper on the progress to date of the key workstreams for MECC and asked for DsPH to champion MECC in their local areas and across the system. The DsPH agreed to support and thanked Louise for her work to date and the comprehensive paper.
  5. Health & Care Partnership (HCP)/Prevention Board update – Eileen O’Meara updated on the recent Prevention Board meeting and confirmed a key next step is to push the alcohol harm reduction priority. The potential NHS Prevention Pledge was also discussed and supported by DsPH. Read more from the Prevention Board here
  6. HCP Population Health Plan update – Chris McBrien and Elspeth Anwar developed a paper, following interviews with DsPH, around the inclusion of population health within the refreshed C&M HCP System Plan. This was supported by DsPH and thanks were given to Chris and Elspeth for their work.
  7. Alcohol harm reduction paper – Julie Webster introduced a paper on reducing alcohol harm. The paper contained 5 “invest to save” measures for acute trust CEOs that will help reduce alcohol harm.  The paper also included an update on MUP and the Licensing work.
  8. PHE update – Mel Sirotkin updated on the busy time for health protection working on flu plans and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The national communications campaign for AMR is now live. A new regional public health role will be developed as part of the NHSE/NHSI team
  9. NHS England update – Julie Kelly updated the DsPH on flu uptake rates and that a draft protocol to allow NHS England to share cancer screening data, safely and within governance arrangements, has been developed. The DsPH welcomed and supported the protocol.   
  10. The DsPH also shared items of good news:
    PHE Innovation fund – Congratulations to St Helens and Knowsley for their successful bids to PHE for funding to support families affected by alcohol.  Read more
    LGC awards shortlist announced – Several local authorities have been shortlisted in the LGC Awards 2019, congratulations to all areas! To see the shortlist click here.
    Whilst writing, the DsPH would like to wish all colleagues and partners a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

 The next meeting will be a strategic planning day on 18th January.