These pages refer to projects carried out to 2013 under the former ChaMPs Public Heatlh Network and the projects are now closed. Information has been retained on the Champs website for reference purposes.  Job roles, contact details and other information may be out of date.

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Since 2003, public health professionals and partners have worked successfully together to improve health and wellbeing across Cheshire & Merseyside, through the previous ChaMPs award winning network. This collaboration enabled resources to be shared, delivered public health initiatives across a larger area than would otherwise have been possible and worked more cost effectively to achieve high quality public health outcomes.  

Examples of key successes include:

  • Lobbying together for smoke free places – the tobacco alliance working group and partners advocated for smoke free places which resulted in MPs voting in favour of banning smoking in all pubs and private members’ clubs.
  • Evidence based alcohol behaviour change campaign – the network delivered an alcohol social marketing campaign which reduced alcohol harm in Cheshire & Merseyside amongst the target audience of 35-55 year old males. The campaign used innovative approaches such as providing health checks in pubs which included alcohol IBAs (Identification and Brief Advice) allowing health professionals to explain hidden dangers of too much alcohol.
  • Innovative cancer screening campaign – the screening and social marketing teams worked on a pilot project with GPs to increase the uptake rate of bowel cancer test kits for those ‘non-responders’ by 5%. The social marketing campaign delivered was a huge success and overall the uptake rate increased by over 11% across the Cheshire & Merseyside practices that took part.
  • Public health advice to NHS commissioners – The Directors of Public Health, working with the Directors of Finance and Directors of Commissioning identified potential savings of approximately £40million on procedures of low clinical value.
  • Service specification and standardised care pathway – the Cheshire and Merseyside review of the weight management services and bariatric surgery resulted in savings and standardised care pathway and service specification.
  • Continued professional development – the successful and effective CPD programme has incorporated a wide range of topics and has targeted delegates from across the public sector.
  • Communications – the network delivered high quality communications, including network c, the online communication hub to access the latest public health news, events and online films. In addition, the network produced a number of resources and publications, including “investing in guides” in partnership with the North West Public Health Observatory and “evidence briefings” in partnership with Liverpool John Moore’s University.

The champs collaborative service is designed to build on these successful foundations. The service formalises how public health professionals work together with partners to deliver public health efficiently, effectively and to the highest level of quality possible.