Population Health


We envision a future where people living in Cheshire and Merseyside are given the tools, knowledge and resources to live happy, healthy, long lives.

We want to see lower rates of deaths and serious injury from alcohol harm, smoking, strokes, heart attacks, suicides, lack of physical activity, poor diet, and more.

We also aim to eradicate health inequalities, which strip people of their chance to support their health and wellbeing, and we want to see an increase in life expectancy beyond the national average.

Why is it important?

  • Life expectancy in the subregion is lower for both men and women when compared to the national average
  • 23.3 per cent of the population live in the 10 per cent most deprived areas in England
  • Premature mortality rates from cardiovascular disease, heart disease, stroke and cancers are all higher than national level for the majority of areas
  • Levels of ill-health are high, with prevalence of long-term conditions higher than national levels

What are we doing?

The Collaborative is supporting the Population Health agenda by enabling system-working to:

• Lower the number of alcohol-related deaths and hospital admissions through our Reduction of Harm Through Alcohol Programme.

• Eradicate health inequalities and increase understanding of the social determinants of health by working together through the All Together Fairer programme

• Work towards a subregion all suicides are prevented, through the Suicide Prevention Programme.

• Encourage behaviour change and support the system with tools and resources for local places and professionals to access to support conversations with patients and residents through the MECC Moments website.

• Support initiatives to help people increase physical activity, stop smoking and live happier, healthier lives.


The Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership’s Population Health Board coordinates and enables a variety of population health schemes and initiatives for the subregion.

The Board is made up of colleagues from public health, the NHS, the voluntary sector and two local Sports Partnerships.

The Board currently meets quarterly and is Chaired by Ian Ashworth, Director of Public Health for Cheshire West and Chester. Find out more about Ian here.

You can read the latest key messages from the Population Health Board here.

More information

The Strategic Lead for this Programme is Lucia Scally, Senior Public Health Programme Manager for the Champs Support Team. You can contact Lucia by emailing luciascally@wirral.gov.uk.

Project support for this Programme is delivered by Hannah Sharp, Public Health Practitioner for the Champs Support Team. You can contact Hannah by emailing hannahsharp@wirral.gov.uk.

This page was last updated on 31st May 2023. If you notice an issue with the information on this page, please contact champscommunications@wirral.gov.uk.