The C&M DsPH met on Friday 16th February at Safety Central in Lymm for their monthly system leadership meeting. The key messages from the meeting are as follows:


  1. Cheshire & Warrington sub-region - Fiona Reynolds updated on a recent meeting with the Cheshire Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) around joint work on Licensing. A joint event with the PCC and elected members will be arranged later in the year. Presentations were also given to Cheshire & Warrington Sub Regional Management Board on Minimum Unit Pricing and the Cheshire & Warrington Public Sector Transformation Board on the self-harm report for children and young people. Both presentations were well received.
  2. Liverpool City Region Health Summit and Forum - Matt Ashton updated on the recent Liverpool City Region (LCR) Health Summit and the proposed new health forum which will focus on three key priorities, Dementia, resilient communities and school readiness. Matt presented the new LJMU commissioned report on resilient communities at the summit.
  3. Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership - Jon Develing, SRO for prevention for Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership, updated the DsPH on the new governance structure and strategic programmes. There was a productive discussion about the potential to develop a population health framework and agreement to work closely together.
  4. Making every contact count workshop 10th April - There was an update on the new Cheshire & Merseyside Making Every Contact Count (MECC) programme and a systems leadership launch workshop is planned for 10th April to establish the vision, co-produce a strategic framework and agree key actions to upscale MECC across the sub-region.
  5. New screening and immunisation group and report - NHS England has established a new screening and immunisation oversight group for Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M) chaired by Sue Forster, DPH in St Helens. The group will report back bi-annually to DsPH on performance.
  6. Arm’s length bodies support for CVD prevention in C&M - PHE NW updated on an co-ordinated offer from the national arm’s length bodies and system partners (NICE, AHSN, BHF, Clinical Networks) to support the C&M Health and Care Partnership in relation to CVD prevention. This will really enhance the blood pressure programme.


The DsPH also shared items of good news including:

  • Matt Ashton’s attendance at the WHO Mayors’ Healthy Cities conference in Copenhagen
  • The new cultural strategy launched in Wirral “Imagine Wirral”
  • Chester receiving Purple Flag status for the work around their night time economy
  • The launch of a new alcohol harm reduction campaign in Liverpool called “Drink less, feel good”
  • DsPH presentations at three key conferences, the LCR health summit on resilient communities, the Health Education England NW conference on MECC and the ADPH/PHE sector led improvement (SLI) conference on Cheshire & Merseyside’s SLI approach.