Key messages from the Cheshire and Merseyside Directors of Public Health meeting – Friday 9th April 2021  

Cheshire and Merseyside’s Directors of Public Health (DsPH) currently meet for weekly calls. The key messages from the meeting held on 9th April are as follows:

COVID-19 rates in Cheshire and Merseyside 

  • Infection and hospitalisation rates are continuing to fall across all nine local authority areas, signalling the effectiveness of the vaccination programme and current lockdown measures

Integrated Contact Tracing 

  • Directors of Public Health are considering a new model of local-first Contact Tracing in Cheshire and Merseyside that will see a much more localised approach to outbreak management and a closer working relationship with the Cheshire and Merseyside Contact Tracing Hub

Health and Care Partnership Prevention bid 

  • The Collaborative has been successful in receiving funding from the Health and Care Partnership, following the recent publication of the Partnership’s refreshed strategy, which places greater emphasis on public health and prevention

Good news and gratitude 

  • Lucia Scally, Senior Public Health Programme Manager for the Champs Public Health Collaborative, has been shortlisted for a UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) Innovation in Public Health Award in the Contribution to Public Health Registration category
  • The Collaborative’s ‘Spread the Facts’ COVID-19 information campaign aimed at young people has been shortlisted for a Marketing in Society award
  • A PR campaign urging residents to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine resulted in coverage in Cheshire, St Helens and Warrington