The Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M) Directors of Public Health (DsPH) met on Friday 13th December and the key messages from the meeting are below:

  1. CDOP update - Mike Leaf, Chair of the Child Death Overview Panels (CDOP) in C&M, presented an update including changes as a result of new guidance.
  2. Cheshire & Warrington CEO meeting – Ian Ashworth took a report on the Champs Collaborative activity which was well received. CEOs particularly commented on the lead role system undertaken by C&M DsPH.
  3. Liverpool City Region (LCR) CEO meeting – The Merseyside DsPH had a positive introductory meeting with the new lead CEO for health and wellbeing, Dwayne Johnson. Dwayne was particularly interested in greater joint working with Directors of Adult Social Care and Directors of Children’s Services.  
  4. LCR Portfolio Holders – Sue Forster took an update on the Collaborative mental health and wellbeing programme. Members were very interested in a potential event for elected members on becoming a mental health champion which is currently being explored.
  5. Merseyside Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) –Matt Ashton gave an update as he is on the Strategy Group. Julie Tierney sits within the VRU and a stakeholder workshop will be held on 3 February 2020.
  6. C&M Health & Care Partnership (HCP) update - Eileen O’Meara updated the DsPH on the C&M HCP, covering the proposal going to the HCP Senior Management Board (SMB) on becoming a Marmot community and the Prevention Board will also work to ensure prevention is embedded across other HCP workstreams.
  7. Minimum Unit Price (MUP) for alcohol insight work – Julie Webster updated that Shared Futures had been commissioned to hold a Citizen’s Jury to gain public views around alcohol harm and cheap alcohol. The findings will be developed further into messages that could be used to gain support for a MUP.
  8. Measles elimination plan - Dr Rob Green presented a paper on the Measles elimination plan as uptake rates for the MMR are declining nationally and locally. Rob asked for DsPH support in championing MMR vaccinations in their locality and a task and finish group is being formed to look at the issues.
  9. NHSE/I- Julie Kelly updated that HPV screening has been transferred to the Manchester laboratory ahead of schedule and that the new FIT test for bowel cancer screening has seen a positive uplift in responses. 
  10. LCR Wealth and Wellbeing workshop – This has been rearranged for 5th February at Calderstone’s Park in Liverpool and the Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, will open the workshop. The workshop will bring together everything that has been discussed through the previous six workshops in each of the boroughs. For more information please contact

Good news – The DsPH also shared items of good news:

  • Halton Council have received a Financial Times award for workplace health.
  • Sefton Council were shortlisted for best health and wellbeing campaign by the National UN Awards for their “Sefton in Mind” 30 days for mental health campaign.
  • The Collaborative has been given an opportunity to present at the annual LGA health summit in March 2020.
  • A Collaborative case study has been accepted to cover wealth and wellbeing and the work with the HCP in the LGA Public Health Annual Report.
  • Eileen O’Meara has been invited to chair the PHE CVD conference in February next year and Mel Roche will also present on the impact of the C&M systems approach to high blood pressure four years on.
  • Wirral have completed their Health Impact Assessment for their local plan.

Finally, the DsPH would like to thank all colleagues and partners for their support this year and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.