Key messages from the Directors of Public Health 05.11.21

The Cheshire and Merseyside (C&M) Directors of Public Health (DsPH) currently meet weekly. The key messages from the 5th November COVID-19 response meeting are as follows:

  1. Future health protection system – Thara Raj, DPH Warrington, presented options for a resilient and sustainable health protection system in Cheshire and Merseyside for DsPH discussion. DsPH will feed back their comments on the next steps/recommendations in the presentation by Tuesday 9th November.
  2. Integrated contact tracing update – Terry Whalley shared his monthly report with DsPH of progress on the UKHSA (formerly DHSC) funded integrated contact tracing pilot.
  3. UKHSA COVID-19 update – Half term holidays has helped with a slight reduction in case rates but rates in some areas are still higher than January. The age groups most affected are older primary school age and younger secondary school age children. On a positive note, whilst the North West was one of the highest outliers over the Summer, it is now one of the lowest.
  4. Good news and gratitude:
    1. Congratulations to all DsPH and teams on receiving the Editor’s Special Award from Local Government Chronicle.
    2. The Collaborative’s Stay Alive app campaign has been shortlisted in the Prolific North Marketing awards.
    3. Thank you to Matt Tyrer, DPH in Cheshire East, who addressed the Cheshire & Warrington sub regional leaders board conference “Recovering from Covid … stronger” on 5 November.