working together to improve health and wellbeing in Cheshire & Merseyside

Issue One 2015



Welcome to the first issue of the champs public health collaborative newsletter of the year. Although Christmas and New Year may seem like a distant memory we would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and successful 2015.

Below is a selection of news updates from across the Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health teams and wider public health sector. There are lots of exciting things happening over the course of this year and we will keep you updated on progress of these in future issues.

We hope you have an enjoyable and informative read. If you have any comments on this issue or would like to suggest content for future issues please do contact

Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health, St Helens & Chair of the champs DPH Executive Board.




NEWS - A new way of working for champs

The Cheshire & Merseyside Directors of Public Health (C&M DsPH) this week announce a new model for champs public health collaborative with the aim of shifting local outcomes, enabling whole system leadership and maximising public health capacity within a reduced budget.

After listening to feedback from key stakeholders, the future public health collaborative will become an outcome focussed model and deliver a smaller number of priorities agreed by the C&M DsPH in partnership with C&M Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England. The priorities agreed include, children’s mental health and wellbeing, hypertension with a future topic of health and regeneration. These priorities were identified through work by the champs health care leads group as the most suitable for collaborative action and are common to all nine local authorities.

A leaner, more agile and flexible champs support team will lead, facilitate and enable the delivery of the priorities with local teams and partners. A new mobilisation team will be set up, within the current support team, that will be responsible for enabling system leadership, collaborative commissioning, sector led improvement, finance, CPD and communications, mental wellbeing and intelligence.

In addition, a new methodology will be developed to measure impact and cost savings for each priority area with the aim of really shifting local outcomes and making a tangible difference to our local communities.

All of this means that there will be a new business plan which changes the current components and workstreams approach. If the changes impact on your role within a component or workstream, your lead at the champs support team will be in touch shortly with more details.

The C&M DsPH would like to say a big thanks to all members of the Collaborative Service for their shared expertise, hard work and dedication over the past eighteen months and that they are looking forward to building on this within the new way of working.

Finally, as part of the changes, the C&M DsPH would like to say a hearty thanks and goodbye to champs Deputy Director, Paul Cordy, who has been a highly regarded asset to public health in Cheshire & Merseyside for 6 years, but has decided to take this opportunity to move on to pastures new.

The new public health collaborative will be in place in ‘shadow’ form from early February and the revised model will be formally in place from the 1st April 2015.


NEWS - Collaborative Hub

The champs public health Collaborative Hub is now live giving users a secure web based area where news, information and documents regarding specific projects can be shared within a closed groups of users.

Users, who have access via a robust permissions based process, will be invited to join a project group on the Hub.

The concept behind the Hub is to provide one central location where project information and updates can be stored ensuring all involved in a project can visit the specific project area to get up to speed with progress and developments.

Dawn Leicester, Director at champs support team said:  ‘When developing the Collaborative Hub our main aim was to ensure that the service will streamline work and save valuable time and resources. We are confident that our colleagues and partners from across Cheshire and Merseyside will find the Hub extremely useful and that it will provide a robust, secure and user friendly platform through which collaborative work can be done.’

The Hub can be accessed by approved users here.

Please remember you will need a username and password to access the Hub. If you are part of a project that will utilise the Hub you will be sent an invite to join by the champs collaborative support team.


NEWS - Be a Lover not a Fighter – Campaign to end Domestic Abuse

Next week will see the launch of a community engagement and awareness raising campaign from the Cheshire and Merseyside Directors of Public Health that aims to get the public across Cheshire and Merseyside talking about domestic abuse.

The ‘be a lover not a fighter’ campaign will launch across the whole of Cheshire and Merseyside and aims to gain public support to help end domestic abuse via the use of creative advertising, PR and media activity, public engagement events and social media.

The hard hitting headline of the campaign- ‘1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have suffered domestic abuse’ sits alongside the more positive slogan of ‘be a lover not a fighter’.

Members of the public will be urged to pledge their support to end domestic abuse and show this support by wearing a badge with the ‘I’m a lover not a fighter’ slogan on. In order to spread the word and keep the conversations going badge wearers are invited to give a badge to a friend or family member.

Social media will form a large part of the campaign activity where users of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will be invited to share pictures and videos of them forming a heart shape with their hands (hand heart selfie) whilst using a unique campaign hashtag.

To coincide with the launch of the campaign, champs public health collaborative in partnership with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), will be hosting an event to brief and update all relevant partners and professionals on the current picture of domestic abuse and the ‘be a lover not a fighter’ initiative.

Further details on the event and information on how you can register to attend are on the champs website along with a full briefing document and examples of the campaign creatives.


EVENT - Evidence and Action: Working to end Domestic Abuse in Cheshire & Merseyside

The Halton Stadium, Widnes, will welcome delegates today for the Evidence and Action: Working to end Domestic Abuse in Cheshire and Merseyside event.

This event will include a presentation of the evidence base for the NICE Pathway which aims to ensure safe and robust response to incidents of domestic abuse. It will also give an opportunity for questions and group discussion on the NICE pathway and to hear more about a forthcoming Cheshire & Merseyside domestic abuse campaign.

Presentations from the event will be posted on the champs public health collaborative website in due course.

We look forward to welcoming registered delegates.


NEWS - Suicide Reduction Board and strategy receives national recognition

A new suicide reduction strategy has been developed and is being implemented by an operational multi agency group, facilitated by CALM, which is commissioned by the champs collaborative on behalf of the Directors of Public Health. The approach was presented to the National Suicide Prevention Advisory Board and recognised as an exemplar of excellent practice. A new suicide support programme has been commissioned to commence in April 2015.


EVENT - Cheshire & Merseyside Suicide Reduction Summit 2015

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 from 12:30 to 4:30pm

Martin Dawes Stand, The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington WA2 7NE

Event Details

The region's 5th Suicide Reduction Summit will take place on Wednesday 4th February in Warrington. The event will celebrate the regions’ progress whilst giving delegates an opportunity to have input into a new strategy for our region and focus on suicide prevention in primary care.

Sessions will cover:

1. Suicide and Primary Care – what the research tells us
2. New pilot for systematic follow up of those exposed to or bereaved by suicide
3. Feedback from the first wave of suicide awareness training with GP practices in Liverpool
4. Compassion and patient safety
5. NO MORE - A new, ambitious suicide reduction strategy for Cheshire & Merseyside

Book your free place today.


NEWS - Cheshire and Merseyside work together to beat high blood pressure

A public health led task and finish group has been established to develop an insight and evidence based, system-wide call to action to tackle high blood pressure across Cheshire & Merseyside over the next 5 years.

Making use of tools from the NHS IQ Leading Large Scale change programme has enabled the team to identify key stakeholders and develop a driver diagram that can be used to deliver the changes.

An action planning and learning workshop focusing on understanding perceptions, raising awareness and improving the management of high blood pressure will be held on Monday 9 March 2015. It is being co-hosted by Cheshire and Merseyside local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and Public Health England (PHE). Please note this event is by invitation only.

Read more about the project and the forthcoming event on the champs public health collaborative website.


NEWS - Date for your diary

Elected member Champions for wellbeing

A master class in December 2013 saw all councils committing to having a mental health and wellbeing champion in collaboration with a national mental health charity. A follow up event is currently being planned - venue and date to be confirmed, and will also see the launch of a new suicide strategy for Cheshire & Merseyside. Further details to follow in the February newsletter and on the c-events page.


NEWS - Sector Led Improvement Framework.

A draft paper outlining the options in respect of a Sector Led Improvement (SLI) framework has been developed in partnership with colleagues across Cheshire and Merseyside. This was presented at the recent meetings of the Commissioning Leadership Group (CLG) and the Cheshire and Merseyside Directors of Public Health Executive Board (CM DsPH). Following discussion it was agreed that development of this framework would continue in to the New Year.


NEWS - Postvention, Intelligence and Tobacco Control contracts

Refined service specifications have been developed with local Commissioners in order to go out to tender for new contracts in respect of the collaborative Postvention, Intelligence and Tobacco Control contracts.


NEWS - PGD for Champix®

A Patient Group Direction (PGD) for Varenicline (Champix®) has been developed and forwarded to the Local Authorities across Cheshire and Merseyside for local authorisation and implementation.


NEWS - Congratulations TFF’s Andrea Crossfield MBE.

Champs public health collaborative would like to congratulate Andrea Crossfield, chief executive of north west social enterprise Tobacco Free Futures, after she was named in the New Year Honours List.

Andrea received the accolade of MBE for her services to public health and tobacco control. Read more about Andrea’s work and her response to the announcement.