The Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M) Directors of Public Health (DsPH) met on Friday 9th November for their public health system leadership meeting with PHE North West and NHS England C&M and below are the key messages.

  1. Cheshire & Warrington (C&W) DsPH meet with new lead CEO for health and wellbeing Kath O’Dwyer – DsPH briefed Kath on the Champs Strategic Delivery Plan and CEO update paper. The meeting was very positive and Kath offered to champion public health issues and will feedback items of strategic relevance to DsPH. Kath is keen to progress a public health input into the C&W Local Industrial Strategy.
  2. C&W Public Sector Transformation Board update – Dawn Leicester attended and the Board is currently focusing on a series of funding bids. The Champs Strategic Delivery Plan was well received and the Chair requested an update goes to Health & Wellbeing Boards. Jon Develing SRO for Prevention in the Health & Care Partnership (HCP) also presented the population health framework, which was welcomed.
  3. Liverpool City Region (LCR) CEOs updated by Sandra Davies – The LCR CEOs were very positive about the work the DsPH are leading in the Champs Strategic Delivery Plan. They discussed worklessness, chronic conditions, managing mental health in the workforce and children and young people’s mental health, especially Looked After Children. Lead CEO for health and wellbeing, Margaret Carney requested a public health input into the LCR Local Industrial Strategy.
  4. Cancer Alliance – Sandra Davies updated that the Alliance is focusing on a transformation funding bid and is planning to discuss possible prevention bids at a forthcoming workshop on 13 December.
  5. North West Minimum Unit Price (MUP) stakeholder event in Warrington hears new evidence – Sheffield University gave the headline findings of their work on MUP. The event also included a presentation from Scotland on their experience of implementing MUP. The final report is due out mid-December and DsPH have requested the Champs Support Team review current support for MUP in local areas. Thanks to Wirral team for organising the event.
  6. NO MORE Suicide Safer Care update by Specialty Registrar Chris McBrien – The briefing highlighted the SLI work with specialist trusts and a new Primary Care pilot in St Helens and Sefton to help identify high risk patients. The DsPH thanked Chris for her excellent work and noted the benefits of trainees leading Collaborative programmes.
  7. Blood pressure update by Mel Roche - The update included what has been delivered so far on the “Saving lives: Reducing the pressure” 5 year blood pressure strategy. The DsPH were impressed with the good progress that has been made and approved the recommendations in the paper to continue to focus on tackling high blood pressure and enhance local implementation.
  8. North West Public Health Practitioner Scheme gathers pace – Martin Smith and Lucia Scally presented an update on progress and there is good interest across the North West from practitioners (25 expressions of interest from C&M), assessors and verifiers. A newsletter will be sent out shortly to update colleagues following the series of recruitment roadshows.
  9. C&M HCP – Eileen O’Meara updated on the new 5 year plan the HCP have been asked to produce aligned to the NHS Long Term Plan. DsPH recommended including the agreed prevention priorities. Two bids have also been submitted to support the AMR priority.
  10. NHSE update – Hayley Mercer updated on bowel screening and cervical screening as well as flu and encouraged DsPH and colleagues to support the uptake of flu vaccination in their areas and the upcoming campaign.
  11. LCR Year of the Environment 2019 – New lead Nick Drew presented and there will be key themes such as Air Quality, Green Spaces and Health & Wellbeing throughout the year and a launch event in January. A “green prescribing” conference is also planned for January. Details will be communicated shortly and DsPH agreed to support.
  12. LCR Wealth and Wellbeing Plan led by PHE – Alan Higgins gave an update on the plan and its progress. Local events to create a system narrative will be arranged to support large scale change.

The DsPH shared items of good news and gratitude:

  • The DsPH would like to thank all colleagues that contributed towards the success of the Due North Conference in Liverpool and particularly Matt Ashton who led on behalf of LCR. Presentations on the Champs Collaborative and Suicide Prevention went well.
  • The Champs Collaborative entry into the Parliamentary Review 2018/19 has been sent and will be published next February.
  • Thanks to Becky Mellor, Wirral Public Health Team and Helen Kendall in the Champs support team for their hard work on the Smoking at time of delivery (SATOD) event which was very well received.
  • Liverpool City Council is signing its healthy weight declaration and launching its CVD and healthy weight strategies.
  • Wirral have launched their annual report themed around Gambling.
  • Finally, the holidays are not coming to C&M! The DsPH are delighted to hear that the Coca Cola truck will not be visiting C&M this year after strongly opposing it.

The next meeting will be 7th December 2018.