The DsPH met for their system leadership meeting on Friday 16th March. The key messages are as follows:


  1. Cheshire & Warrington Sub Regional Management (CEO) Board endorse self-harm in children and young people report – Fiona Reynolds, Director of Public Health (DPH) Cheshire East, confirmed the report was endorsed by the Cheshire & Warrington (C&W) sub regional management board. Cheshire Police and the Police & Crime Commissioner are keen to be involved in the work programme and an update is now planned for Liverpool City Region Directors of Children’s Services.


  1. National Sexual Health Commissioning pilot gathers pace - Ian Ashworth, DPH in Cheshire West & Chester and DPH lead for the sexual health commissioning pilot, informed that the Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M) service specification is now in place and can be adapted locally for new tenders. The next item to be progressed is to establish a C&M cross charging policy.


  1. Champs Collaborative invited to host new North West public health practitioner workforce development programme – The DsPH approved Champs Collaborative hosting the new programme, funded by Health Education England. The aim is to improve the effectiveness of the practitioner workforce and provide a recognised career pathway.


  1. C&M Health & Care Partnership (HCP) prevention framework workshop April 26th – The workshop will look at developing a new C&M Health & Care Partnership prevention framework.  Future priorities will also be agreed and co-ordinating prevention across the HCP strategic work programmes. Eileen O’Meara is the lead DPH.


  1. C&M Health & Care Partnership Mental Health Programme Board update and roll out of Connect 5 – Sue Forster, DPH St Helens and lead DPH for Suicide Prevention attended the C&M Health & Care Partnership mental health programme board. Connect 5 will now be rolled out at scale across the wider NHS and Social Care.


  1. Progress on minimum unit pricing for alcohol study – Julie Webster, DPH Wirral and lead DPH for alcohol, confirmed that the Sheffield University research is due to be completed in July and a North West workshop to mobilise action is planned.


  1. MECC endorsed by C&M local workforce action board – Eileen O’Meara, DPH Halton, updated the Board on Making Every Contact Count (MECC) and the approach was fully endorsed. A Champs Collaborative business case for additional investment is being prepared for May. This will be informed by the MECC partnership visioning workshop in April.


  1. PHE Dental team update - PHE gave an update from their dental team including the development of a head and neck cancer toolkit, an oral health needs assessment and they have also been raising awareness of MECC across C&M.


The DsPH also heard items of good news and gratitude:

  • The recent Suicide Prevention Board meeting was a success and showed the great progress made on this priority including use of evidence, real time surveillance data and the new performance dashboard.
  • NHS England updated that the new C&M screening and immunisation oversight group met, chaired by Sue Forster, and has established strong processes to oversee the programme.
  • Following their Purple Flag award, Cheshire West & Chester have been invited to the local alcohol partnership group and All Party Beer Group to discuss use of safer spaces.  
  • A large area across the Midlands will be delivering the Drink Less, Enjoy More campaign developed in Liverpool and rolled out across C&M.
  • The STP Partnership Board met and they are looking to develop a CVD/blood pressure plan for the whole of the North.
  • A Champs Collaborative stage 2 British Heart Foundation bid has been submitted to incorporate blood pressure testing into staff wellbeing programmes across the nine local authorities and fire services.
  • Finally, good bye and good luck to Linda Turner, public health consultant at Sefton who leaves at the end of March. Linda has been with Sefton for 18 years and will be missed by her colleagues. The DsPH would like to express their thanks for her great contribution locally and collaboratively and wish her good luck for the future.