The latest updates on Cheshire and Merseyside’s work to become a Marmot Community

Building Back Better in Cheshire and Merseyside: Executive Summary

Professor Sir Michael Marmot’s team at University College London’s Institute of Health Equity has produced an executive summary that will support the subregion’s upcoming place-based workshops (more information below).

The summary details key messages from an interim report, produced after the initial scoping process. Headline key messages include:

  • Life expectancy in Cheshire and Merseyside is lower than the average for England.
  • Health inequalities in the Region are wider than for the rest of England.
  • COVID-19 has exposed and amplified health inequalities in England and in the Region, life expectancy is declining, and health inequalities are widening.
  • To reduce health inequalities action is needed on the social and economic factors which drive health – the social determinants of health.
  • Inequalities in the social determinants of health are high in the Region and have increased during the pandemic.
  • Action to reduce health inequalities must involve partnerships and collaborations between local government, the voluntary and community sector, public services, the health and care sector and businesses.
  • These collaborations could be geared towards building community resourcefulness in the area, supporting better health.

Download the full executive summary here 

Place-based Marmot workshops for Cheshire and Merseyside

Throughout November and December, the Collaborative, working with Professor Sir Michael Marmot’s team at University College London’s Institute of Health Equity, will be hosting a series of workshops in the subregion’s nine local authority areas.

The purpose of the workshops will be to explore local health inequality approaches and initiatives, and identify opportunities, mechanisms, and activities to reduce these inequalities. The workshop findings will inform completion of a final report in March 2022, which will recommend the key system priorities to reduce inequalities in health and the key social determinants of health. The report will also identify the required actions, capacity, and roles across the system to achieve these shared goals.

To find out more, please contact Jo McCullagh by emailing

Cheshire and Warrington Conference will include updates on Marmot work and Cheshire East’s COVID journey

Cheshire and Merseyside’s Marmot Community Programme will be discussed at an upcoming Cheshire and Warrington Conference, which is being held at the beginning of November. As part of this, Professor Sir Michael Marmot’s team at University College London’s Institute of Health Equity will be attending to highlight the opportunities for the subregion to build back fairer and tackle inequalities, working together like never before as a Marmot Community.

Also presenting at the event on behalf of the Collaborative will be Dr Matt Tyrer, Director of Public Health for Cheshire East. Matt’s presentation will focus on ‘Learning from our response to Covid and building back fairer’ at the conference will take people through the area’s COVID-19 journey and draw on peoples’ and partner experiences to identify good practice, examples of collaboration and what can be learned for the future.