The DsPH met for their Executive Board meeting on Friday 18th October and the key messages are as follows:

  1. The mid-year performance report on the Champs Collaborative Delivery Plan was presented with lead DsPH giving progress updates. Highlights include:
  • Blood pressure – C&M bucking the national trend in heart disease and 11,000 new BP checks conducted for the BHF project up to June 2019.
  • Collaborative commissioning – workforce development and analysis of patient flows for Sexual Health through a Pathway Analytics workshop, cross charging work in progress
  • Communications – launch of the www.mecc-moments.co.uk website and resources and campaigns for World Suicide Prevention Day and Know your numbers week
  • CPD – population health event with Sir Michael Marmot and the King’s Fund and the NW Behavioural Science joint event with HEE, PHE and the C&M Health & Care Partnership (HCP)
  • Health protection – recent progress on AMR including the virtual reality training project and work on air quality
  • Making every contact count – phase 1 of the communications and engagement programme delivered, the PHE insight work with senior leaders and training well evaluated
  • Mental wellbeing, suicide prevention and self-harm – a 10% reduction in suicide rates in C&M in 2018 despite a sad increase nationally and work to embed the NHS Wave 2 funding project for the 6 change ideas
  • New Cancer screening programme – staff now recruited for the new programme for breast, bowel and cervical screening and PIDs developed
  • NHSE/I – the measles elimination plan and a paper in development for DsPH on MMR
  • NW Public Health Practitioner Scheme – successful launch of the scheme for cohort 1 and recruitment expected to be underway for cohort 2 by December 2019.
  • PHE NW – the LCR wealth and wellbeing plan and final summit workshop on 3 December
  • Reducing alcohol harm – the work on Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) across the North led by David Parr and the recent event to develop an alcohol care pathway
  • Strategic intelligence – support for the suicide prevention programme and developing an alcohol dashboard to inform the local strategy

C&M DsPH wish to thank everyone involved in supporting collaborative projects. The Champs Collaborative Risk Register and Performance Dashboard were also approved.

  1. New NHS Prevention Pledge - There was a presentation from the Health Equalities Group on the development of the NHS Prevention Pledge. The pledge focuses on the C&M HCP priorities and starts with NHS Trusts initially. The DsPH discussed linking the Pledge to “anchor institutions” and achieving CQUINs.
  2. HCP Prevention Board update - Eileen O’Meara shared the presentation she gave to the HCP Senior Management Board which focuses on progress against the Prevention Board priorities and the impact delivered so far.
  3. Becoming a Marmot sub-region - The DsPH discussed the next steps following the Marmot/King’s Fund population health event. Elspeth Anwar has developed a draft paper on how C&M could become a Marmot sub-region. The paper is now with Sir Michael’s team and an updated paper will be shared with DsPH and presented to the HCP Board.
  4. Sector led improvement - The DsPH reviewed a copy of the Warrington audit tool and it was agreed that Matt Ashton will share Sefton’s SLI approach at the next meeting.
  5. Good news – Chester West & Chester Council has received a Healthy Streets award for Frodsham Street in Chester. Congratulations to all involved.

The next meeting of the DsPH will be their system leadership meeting on 15th November.