The Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership (HCP) Prevention Board met on 22 November, chaired by Eileen O’Meara, DPH Halton and Clinical Lead for Public Health and Jon Develing, SRO for Prevention.

The key messages for colleagues around the system from the meeting are:

  1. New prevention leads - There is now a Prevention Lead for each Place and Programme in the C&M HCP and the next step is to ensure the new leads link in effectively with the Prevention Board.
  2. Update letter sent to funders - A letter was sent to every CCG and provider who has funded HCP activity with an update on progress.
  3. New terms of reference - The terms of reference for the Prevention Board have been updated and were reviewed at the meeting. Some amendments are to be made but they were otherwise approved.
  4. Alcohol harm paper presented - Julie Webster, DPH Wirral introduced a paper on reducing alcohol harm, along with Dr Paul Richardson, Clinical Director Gastro and Trust Alcohol Lead, Royal Liverpool Hospital and Public Health Specialty Registrar Matthew Saunders. The paper contained a “call to action” for acute trusts CEOs to take 5 “invest to save” measures that will help reduce alcohol harm. There was an ask for this paper to be presented to the relevant HCP Boards. Read the paper here
  5. CQUINs update - Charlotte Simpson of PHE gave an update on the data in C&M around CQUINs and the Board agreed to review CQUINs across the HCP for all their priorities to see how trusts are performing.
  6. Prevention pledge agreed - A new “Prevention Pledge” was discussed which would be similar to the Healthy Weight Declaration adopted by some organisations in C&M. This would cover Making Every Contact Count (MECC), CQUINs, the prevention framework and the high blood pressure action plan. It would support a co-ordinated approach for NHS providers to drive the HCP prevention priorities and will help achieve related CQUINs. It was agreed this would be developed, ensuring that it dovetails with the Healthy Weight Declaration and return on investment/evidence is included to encourage sign up.
  7. New 5 year plan - The Prevention Board have been asked to produce a new 5 year Population Health Plan and a discussion on the future priorities for the C&M HCP took place. It was agreed to keep the three main priorities, High Blood Pressure, AMR and Alcohol Harm. It was also agreed that physical activity would be an objective that supported the reduction of high blood pressure. MECC, the new Prevention Pledge and the Population Framework will become enablers.
  8. AMR update - Dr Rajesh Rajendran, Consultant Microbiologist from Macclesfield Hospital gave an update from the AMR Board and their progress so far. They have been focusing on effective antibiotic prescribing guidelines, surveillance and education (particularly aimed at medical students). A bid has been made to Health Education England for AMR which, if successful, will fund a training programme for antibiotic prescribers delivered through GP champions, Medicines Management and communications work.
  9. Physical activity paper - Jean Stephens from Merseyside Sports Partnership presented her paper on physical activity and how it can improve mental and physical wellbeing and suggested a focus on 3 segments, children, staff in NHS Trusts and care home residents. The Board thanked Jean for her commitment to the Prevention Board as she is moving onto a new role. Kerry Stewart will take Jean’s place on the Board. Read the paper here
  10. MECC and Blood Pressure updates received - Two updates were submitted around the MECC and blood pressure programmes. MECC is progressing well with training pilots running prior to Christmas, the procurement of the communications and branding work and the draft evaluation framework being completed. The blood pressure paper showed great progress in the delivery of the blood pressure programme and impact on key performance indicators to date. To view the MECC presentation click here and to read the blood pressure paper click here
  11. For more information, view the November update from the HCP Prevention Board Co-Chairs here.