The Directors of Public Health met for their System Leadership meeting on Friday 15th November. The key messages from the meeting are as follows:

  1. Strategic meetings with Kath O’Dwyer – The Cheshire & Warrington (C&W) DsPH met with lead CEO for health and wellbeing in C&W, Kath O’Dwyer. Items such as the Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M) Health & Care Partnership (HCP) 5 year plan were discussed and Ian Ashworth gave an annual update on progress for Champs Collaborative to CEOs on 15th November.
  2. Liverpool City Region (LCR) portfolio holders meeting – A special presentation was given to the LCR portfolio holders by Dave Sweeney of the C&M HCP. Matt Ashton and Sarah McNulty also attended. For December, the Champs work on mental wellbeing will be presented by Sue Forster and in January, the recent work on MUP by Julie Webster.
  3. Collaborative Commissioning Forum – Eileen O’Meara presented progress so far for the C&M HCP Prevention Board and it was agreed key messages from the Board will be shared with the Collaborative Commissioning Forum members in future.
  4. MUP – the recent evidence and data on MUP is being shared in local areas and a survey will be produced to assess the levels of engagement across the patch.
  5. Screening and immunisations update – Julie Kelly of NHSE/I shared an update paper on screening and immunisations and there was a subsequent discussion about supporting the new PCN’s to help improve uptake.
  6. Cancer screening project – Louise Vernon presented an update on the project to date, which aims to increase uptake and coverage for bowel, breast and cervical screening.
  7. MECC senior leaders insight – Dr Matthew Atkinson took the DsPH through the key points and recommendations of the report following interviews with senior leaders. The MECC Board is taking forward the recommendations.
  8. PHE update – Mel Sirotkin gave an overview of priorities in her role as Regional Director of Public Health for the North West. Mel will be concentrating on health inequalities, the NHS Long Term Plan and screening and immunisations.
  9. SLI – Matt Ashton shared a paper on Sefton’s approach to SLI, incorporating audit, but also a long term work plan. Helen Cartwright shared the ADPH SLI self audit and quarterly report from the Champs Collaborative.

The DsPH also shared items of good news and gratitude:

  1. Congratulations to Julie Webster who has been officially appointed Director of Public Health for Wirral.
  2. Julie Kelly updated that the supply issues of the flu vaccine for 2 – 3 year olds have now been resolved.
  3. Melissa Campbell has been appointed as Public Health Consultant in Liverpool
  4. Warrington is the first local authority to be granted approval by the Health Research Authority, Confidentiality Advisory Committee, to draw a stratified sample from the NHS patient register.  This will be used to provide a robust sampling framework for their Health & Lifestyle survey early in the New Year. 
  5. Claire Oliver of Mersey Forest, based with the Cheshire West and Chester team, has won a UKPHR award for best nature based project.
  6. Whiston Hospital is HSJ Trust of the Year and has been rated outstanding by the CQC.
  7. Eileen O’Meara, DPH in Halton, will be providing leadership for 2 days per week for the Warrington public health team following Muna Abdel Aziz’s departure to Salford.
  8. Dr Sandra Davies, DPH in Liverpool will retire on 31 December and will attend her last DsPH meeting on 13 December. Whilst recruitment is taking place for the DPH role, Emer Coffey will be acting DPH in Liverpool.

The next DsPH meeting will be held on 13 December 2019.