The Champs DsPH met for their Board meeting on Friday 12 October.  The key messages are below.

  • The Champs Collaborative performance report was presented by each DPH lead with many successes across the programme areas including:
  1. Reducing alcohol harm – Julie Webster reported on the work around minimum unit price with Sheffield University and the forthcoming workshop to disseminate the results on 7th November, in addition to the work around Licensing led by Fiona Johnstone.
  2. Improving Children and Young People’s mental health and wellbeing – The Youth Connect 5 pilot was completed with positive results shown in the knowledge and confidence of parents and carers in building resilience in their children. A report on Adverse Childhood Experiences will be available from LJMU in Spring 2019.  
  3. Communications and Campaigns – The new Happy Hearts website and conversational tool were developed alongside campaigns for Know Your Numbers Week and World Suicide Prevention Day.
  4. Health & Care Partnership – The new population health framework has been produced and circulated to all partners.
  5. High Blood Pressure – BHF funding has allowed greater detection of high blood pressure with the target for new cases detected exceeded with over 6,000 checks being taken.
  6. Making every contact count – A new Board has been established and a strategic framework agreed.  All workstreams across Training, Communications and Evaluation are moving forward well.
  7. North West Public Health Practitioner Scheme – Roadshows are being held across the NW and recruitment is beginning in January.
  8. Suicide Prevention – Real time surveillance has been in place for 12 months and has proved a success providing early warnings of potential suicides. The 3 mental health trusts are now working together on Safer Care standards. The application to become a Suicide Safer Community has been submitted and is being assessed.
  • National pilot for sexual health commissioning - Lucia Scally gave an update on each workstream for the national sexual health pilot. The DsPH would like to thank Lucia and the commissioners group for their excellent progress so far.
  • Special session on health inequalities - A special session was convened with Professor Dame Margaret Whitehead, Professor David Taylor-Robinson and Ben Barr from the University of Liverpool to discuss a new collaboration focusing on health inequalities.

The DsPH also shared items of good news:

  1. Sue Forster, lead DPH for Suicide Prevention, was interviewed by BBC Radio Merseyside on World Mental Health Day around the new suicide prevention minister and C&M NO MORE suicide strategy.
  2. Sandra Davies presented a poster on the Collaborative at the Health Systems Research Symposium last week in Liverpool, please find the poster here
  3. Muna Abdel Aziz has been asked to be part of a speaker panel at a national CVD prevention conference next February in Manchester.
  4. Cheshire East Council have featured in a recent LGA bulletin on their work around emotionally healthy schools.

The next meeting is Friday 9th November.