Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive at Public Health England (PHE) visited the Public Health team at St Helens and attended the Champs Public Health Collaborative Directors of Public Health (DsPH) meeting saying Cheshire & Merseyside were the “most organised” Collaborative with a “strong track record”.

Liz Gaulton, Chair of Cheshire & Merseyside Directors of Public Health Executive Board and DPH at St Helens, greeted Duncan on the day and later accompanied him to the DsPH meeting where she presented an overview of the Collaborative and the priorities that will be focused on.

In a letter to Liz following the meeting Duncan said “It was a complete pleasure being with you and your colleagues Liz, please let them know this and that they are a fabulous leadership team and example for how we want everywhere to work”

During the meeting Duncan discussed the six key PHE priorities for the year:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Falls in the elderly
  • Smoking in pregnancy
  • Alcohol

Duncan described further reviews in progress on: alcohol harm, reducing sugar and e cigarettes and also shared his vision for health checks as a ‘risk detection system’.

The DsPH took the opportunity to express their enthusiasm for maintaining an ongoing influence with the NHS to focus on prevention and the opportunity for Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M) to be a ‘test bed’ for system action on hypertension.

Speaking after the visit Liz said: “We were pleased to welcome Duncan to St Helens and to the DsPH meeting. His complimentary words about our Public Health Collaborative are a real acknowledgement of all the public health leaders in C&M and pays testament to the hard work of all the public health teams that make up the collaborative.”