The Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M) Directors of Public Health (DsPH) met for their system leadership meeting with colleagues from PHE and NHS England on Friday 22 March. The key messages are as follows:-

  1. Champs Collaborative featured as case study in 2019 Parliamentary Review – Fiona Reynolds updated that Champs Collaborative has been featured in the health and social work edition of the 2019 Parliamentary Review. The review aims to share best practice among policy makers and business leaders. There will be a launch event at the House of Commons on 28th March which will be attended by Fiona Reynolds and Sue Forster as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively of the Champs DsPH Executive Board.
  2. Funding success for Suicide Prevention programme - The C&M No More Suicide Partnership Board has been successful in gaining over £600,000 for suicide prevention from NHS England. The priority areas include: self-harm, middle aged men, quality improvement with mental health trusts, primary care, workforce development and lived experience. The DsPH thanked everyone who had worked on the bid.
  3. C&M Prevention Board achieves Transformation funding – The C&M Prevention Board has been successful in its bid for transformational funding from the Health & Care Partnership to accelerate progress on their priorities. The DsPH thanked everyone who worked on the bid.
  4. Cheshire & Warrington local industrial strategy  – Fiona Reynolds updated that public health have contributed to the consultation events and that the strategy will incorporate a section on “People” which is being led by Mark Palethorpe, from Cheshire East Council.
  5. Cleaner beaches presentation - There was a presentation by Zephie Begolo from Turning Tides on their vision to achieve a “truly active coast” and using beaches to promote health and wellbeing. Potential strategic connections were recommended.
  6. C&M mental wellbeing commission scoping workshop – Sandra Davies updated on the recent scoping workshop that took place to explore a new mental wellbeing commission for C&M, facilitated by PHE. The next steps are to set up a task and finish group to create a working proposal for consultation with partners.   
  7. NHS England update – Hayley Mercer updated on the PHE cervical screening campaign which has been successful but has caused some delays in laboratories. NHSE have been working with three providers for bowel cancer screening and the new FIT test for bowel cancer screening is expected to roll out in June.
  8. PHE update – David Hearne updated for PHE and highlighted key learning events including one on reducing smoking in pregnancy and the recent PHE campaigns on cervical screening, Help us to Help you and Change 4 Life/Start 4 Life.  

Good news and gratitude:

  • The DsPH would like to say a huge thank you and good luck as Fiona Johnstone, Director of Health and Wellbeing in Wirral retires on 29th March. There will be a gathering at Wallasey Town Hall from 12 – 2pm on Friday 29th March for colleagues who would like to say goodbye to Fiona before she leaves.
  • Knowsley Council has been successful in the North West Coast Innovation awards for work in the community and now have all primary and secondary schools signed up for the wellbeing awards
  • Champs Collaborative would like to thank Richard Jarvis for six years as the Head of School for Public Health and wish him the best in his future work. The new Head of School for Public Health for the North West is Rebecca Wagstaff from 1 April 2019.
  • Dr Matt Kearney, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for CVD praised the blood pressure work in C&M during his presentation at the recent BP Quality Improvement programme event.

The next meeting will be the DsPH Board on Friday 26th April.