working together to improve health and wellbeing in Cheshire & Merseyside

November 2014



champs public health collaborative service would like to welcome you to the new look, online, c-update newsletter that will enable you to view informative updates and news stories from the collaborative service and wider PH teams across Cheshire and Merseyside.

Headlines include: Directors’ news, latest news, campaign updates, forthcoming events, innovation in our PH teams and collaborative service component updates.

We hope you have an enjoyable read. Please do let us know what you think to the new look and format. Send your feedback to:

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




Director's News

  • The Directors agreed to a revised Collaborative Service model which has an even stronger focus on outcomes and demonstrating added value. The Directors have agreed to working in partnership with C&M PHE and C&M NHS England to undertake a joint strategic assessment to identify joint priorities and the unique contribution from each organisation.
  • The evaluation of the Collaborative Service conducted by Liverpool John Moores University was considered by the Directors especially how this can be used to improve the service. An executive summary will be sent to Public Health teams shortly.   
  • Providers of public health services funded collaboratively by the Directors have been given notice that their contracts will expire on March 2015. Future commissioning of some of the collaborative services are subject to an ongoing review in order that revised services can be prioritised to meet local needs and can be commissioned accordingly.

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  • The Suicide Prevention Reduction Partnership is developing a Suicide Prevention Strategy for Cheshire and Merseyside and the Directors agreed to support this as a collective priority.
  • Public Health England Cheshire and Merseyside Centre Director, Mel Sirotkin, gave an update including details of future communications around Ebola.
  • The Directors discussed the future of the Public Health workforce and agreed that a safe workforce model should be national rather than local and agreed to feed into the Association of Directors of Public Health work on this.
  • The Directors considered a paper on fracking and agreed to undertake a joint approach.
  • Following a discussion about the Health Premium Incentive Scheme Consultation the directors agreed to a collective response alongside a local authority response.

NEWS - EPRR event

Public Health England (PHE) and champs public health collaborative service hosted a well-attended and successful event on October 22nd to brief and update relevant partners across Cheshire & Merseyside on current Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) arrangements.

Read more about the event and see presentation slides from all speakers here.


NEWS - Healthy Places

Following a review by the Directors of Public Health (DsPH), on progress to date in relation to the Healthy Places initiative, a collective decision has been made to pause the wider initiative. To continue to build on the learning to date they have agreed teams will participate in an associated DH funded learning set on system leadership. This will inform thinking and will be a great opportunity for public health leaders in C&M. More information for teams will follow via the DsPH in due course.


NEWS - CMHPN A Good Practice Example

The Healthcare Public Health Newsletter has recognised Cheshire and Merseyside Healthy Providers Network (CMHPN) as a best practice example for strengthening public health networks in provider settings.  Read more here.

The fifth edition of the CMHPN Newsletter is now available to read on the champs website. 

Click here to read the newsletter.


CAMPAIGN UPDATE - Drink Wise – ‘Let’s Look Again At Alcohol’

To mark the launch of the Drink Wise ‘Let’s Look Again At Alcohol’ campaign new research released uncovers the unseen harm alcohol causes to children across Cheshire and Merseyside. Just under 93,000 children under the age of 16 across Cheshire and Merseyside have been badly harmed by someone else’s drinking.

Read the full story and see a breakdown of the figures here.



Over 250,000 smokers across England and Wales stubbed out their cigarettes for Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from PHE.

The nation’s biggest mass quit attempt saw more people than ever helping each other through to 28 days without smoking. 32,000 in the North West signed up an impressive figure that has gone up from 28,000 last year.

Read more about the campaign here.


CAMPAIGN UPDATE - Spread The Word Not Flu.

PHE is encouraging those eligible for the free flu vaccination to not miss the opportunity to protect themselves against what can be a very unpleasant illness. To help explain the benefits, a number of leaflets have been produced detailing how the simple vaccine can protect communities against flu this coming winter. Click here to see and download the leaflets.


EVENT - Haygarth Public Health Lecture - 13th Nov 14

On November 13th the Haygarth Public Health Lecture will take place at University of Chester. Richard Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School will deliver the Lecture entitled Inequality: the enemy between us?.

Further details on the event can be found here.

Click here to view all forthcoming events.


Innovation across our Public Health Teams

Cheshire West and Chester (CW&C) have been assessed against the LGA’s Equality Framework Assessment which has seen the Council achieve the highest level of Excellent.

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The Equality Framework is a national standard used by Local Authorities to measure performance on Equality and Diversity across five themes, divided into 28 criteria. It will be several weeks before the final report is released but CW&C are delighted to be the first Authority in the North West to achieve the highest level of Excellent.

Following a three day visit, co-ordinated by the Local Government Association and assisted by peers from other Local Authorities, the work of the entire Authority was assessed. Part of this included the Inspection Team meeting with the Director of Public Health where an overview of issues in the borough was discussed.

During the visit, assessors met and interviewed staff from across the whole Authority as well as visiting a number of projects including:

  • The Stanlaw Abbey Childrens’ Centre
  • A Woman into Business Conference
  • The Unity Centre (West Cheshire’s multicultural hub)
  • Northwich Workzone
  • Multi-Agency Front Door (Early Support Assessment Team)
  • Neuromuscular Centre.

Many more projects and initiatives were referenced in the self-assessment submission which provided a large body of evidence to highlight the progress made by the Authority.

Fiona Reynolds (Interim Director of Public Health) said: “It’s great news that the Council has achieved this award and the Public Health Team were delighted to support this work.

“The feedback session gave specific mention to the Public Health input, with much praise going to Beverley Wilson and Lynn Keenaghan’s session which showcased the inequalities profiles and JSNA tools/reports. The session clearly demonstrated that addressing Health Inequalities is core business for the team.”

Feedback given to the PH team highlighted that the panel were impressed to see the evidence driving the work and that the approach to commissioning is focused on addressing health inequalities.

A PowerPoint presentation summarising the Framework can be viewed here.


Call to action

Has your Public Health team achieved something worth shouting about? Make sure you tell us and we can share you successes and innovation with the wider collaborative service and stakeholder groups.

Email with details.


Improving Commissioning Update

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Work continues to develop a set of draft options in respect of a Sector Led Improvement (SLI) framework.  To aid in the development of this framework, Local Authority Commissioning Leadership Group representatives have been asked to consult with their local Public Health teams and a briefing has been issued containing a set of key questions to facilitate this discussion.  

If you are interested in being involved in the development of this work, please contact Helen Cartwright ( or Adam Major ( at the champs public health collaborative service support team.


Advising the NHS update

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The healthcare leads meeting on the Tuesday 21st October 2014 saw discussions focus on priorities moving forward and it was agreed that support for the work around Hypertension would continue. Information was given on a number of new tools and resources being made available by PHE. A task and finish group is now assessing the next key steps and the actions that will effectively improve the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension. Sarah McNulty, PH Consultant at Knowsley, Hannah Chellaswamy Deputy DPH at Sefton and Ifeoma Onyia Consultant in Public Health at Halton are leading on this.

The Cheshire and Merseyside PH Leads Cancer Group have agreed to focus on survivorship working with the Cheshire & Merseyside Strategic Clinical Network.  

Procedures of Low Clinical Priority (PLCP) - draft policy documents are still with the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for them to discuss and agree at their board meetings. When all the CCGs have signed off the document, an interactive PDF will be available online to highlight any local differences for specific policies. The PDF will be shared via the champs public health collaborative service website in due course.

The group also agreed to continue to link with the mental health leads group in supporting the suicide prevention and social prescribing work. Sue Forster Assistant Director of Public Health at St Helens is the lead from this Group.


Protecting Health update

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Following the recent success of the EPRR event, the Protecting Health team is evaluating feedback from the day and early indications from the feedback provided highlights that delegates rated the event as good or very good with group work/scenarios and networking cited as the most useful elements. The majority of responders advised that the event met their CPD requirements.

Champs public health collaborative service would also like to wish esteemed colleague, Heather Thomas, Protecting Health Lead, a fond farewell as she moves on to pastures new. Paul Cordy, Deputy Director at champs support team said: ‘the contribution Heather made to the team and to the Protecting Health component was second to none. She will be sorely missed and we wish her all the best for the future.’


Leading Public Health update

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champs collaborative service would like to ask you to join them in wishing, Viv Martindale, Executive Assistant to Directors & Deputy Director at champs support team, a fond farewell as she retires from her role. Viv is well known across the wider C&M public health teams and I am sure many will echo the sentiments of the collaborative in that she will be sorely missed. Paul Cordy, Deputy Director at champs support team said: 'Much praise and thanks must go to Viv. She has been a real asset to the team for many years now and her retirement will leave us here without a true friend and a dedicated and valued colleague. We wish Viv a long and happy retirement as she moves on to spend quality time with her much loved family.’

Communications and Social Marketing

champs support team have been busy developing this new look, interactive c-update newsletter that brings you up to date and informative news from across the Cheshire and Merseyside PH teams. We hope you agree that the fresh redesign is not only attractive but that it also allows you to find relevant news stories with ease.

We hope you find this newsletter useful and would welcome any feedback you may have. Please send your feedback to

Following the recent success of the Domestic Abuse Campaign carried out in Knowsley during the football world cup, work is well underway to launch a wider Cheshire and Merseyside wide campaign in late January. Robust research work that will inform the new campaign and creative design work will commence in November and the campaign will launch in the New Year.

As part of this work a NICE Multi-disciplinary Master Class in conjunction with the University of Bristol & Knowsley LA will take place at the Select Stadium, Widnes on Tuesday 3rd February. The event, entitled: Domestic Violence: From Pathway to Provision will provide a national and local perspective on best practice.

Further details on the event and how to secure your attendance please check back to the champs website shortly.

CPD / Workforce Development

The development of the CPD programme for 2015-16 is currently underway and promises to have a raft of events and training opportunities to assist members of the champs public health collaborative service in their career development.

A new look programme will be available online shortly and will provide an at a glance schedule that will enable you to quickly identify the most appropriate opportunities for you and your team.  

Some of the key events scheduled in include:

January- March 2015
Cheshire and Merseyside Skills for Systems Leadership Learning Set for Directors of Public Health, Consultants & senior public health staff.

Tuesday 20th January (All day)
Public Health Intelligence in conjunction with PHE

Tuesday 3rd February.
champs public health collaborative & NICE Multi-disciplinary Master Class Domestic Abuse: From Pathway to Provision. Select Stadium, Widnes/

Wednesday 4th February (pm)
Suicide Prevention Annual Summit
Venue: TBC
Further details on these and other events will be announced shortly. Check back to the champs public health collaborative service website for more information.

Intelligence Network

Liverpool Public Health Observatory are currently working on a number of projects: Dental Health Needs Assessment, Top Tips for Healthy Providers. A series of rapid evidence reviews have been produced. These are brief summaries of evidence, rather than in-depth systematic reviews. Topics finalised include: Loneliness & Social Isolation, Suicide Prevention Training and Medicines Dosage Systems.

View the most recently completed reports by clicking the headings below.

For a more indepth update from the Intelligence Network, including updates from Liverpool John Moores University news on the New Intelligence Network, Training and Development click here. To read past reports click here.

 Mental Health & Wellbeing

An independent centre is being set up dedicated to making policy and services work for wellbeing.

The new What Works Centre for Wellbeing will commission universities to research the impact that different interventions and services have on wellbeing.

The initial focus of research will be on what works for wellbeing in relation to work and learning, communities, cultural and sporting activities. Results will help government, councils, health and wellbeing boards, charities and businesses make decisions on really matters for the wellbeing of people, communities and the nation as a whole.

Read more here.