Please find below the key messages from the DsPH system leadership meeting held on 20th September:

  1. C&M vision for population health event a success – This special event held on 19th September with the Health & Care Partnership, King’s Fund and Professor Sir Michael Marmot was a great success and the priorities chosen to work on together were mental health and wellbeing/No More suicide, no harm from alcohol and CVD.  Thanks to all those who contributed and facilitated at the event.
  2. Cheshire & Warrington (C&W) Public Services Transformation Board (PSTB) –The Local Industrial Strategy policy statement is currently going through cabinets and a paper on MUP was fully endorsed.
  3. Minimum unit pricing – Adam Major gave an update to DsPH having presented a paper following the Sheffield study on MUP to various strategic groups including LCR and C&W CEOs and the C&W PSTB. Insight work to gather local opinions on MUP is beginning and contacts in both police forces have been made.
  4. North West Coast Applied Research Collaboration (ARC NW) - Ben Barr presented on the new ARC NW which launches on 20 November.  Their new themes of work include improving population health, person centred complex care and equitable place based health and care. DsPH were asked for suggestions for projects.
  5. Red books – Claire Elliott of NHSE presented a detailed paper on the red books that are given out to women by maternity providers. It was agreed to standardise the content in red books and Claire will now work with public health colleagues.  
  6. NHS England update – Julie Kelly updated DsPH on the HPV lab mobilisation which is progressing well. Flu planning is in full swing and a North West winter planning session is being held on 4th October from 12.00- 5.00pm in Haydock.
  7. PHE NW update – Angela Hardman updated on a new group being established to look at Bacteraemias and new work to establish high quality hospital alcohol pathways. Iain Armstrong of PHE’s national team is supporting a C&M event on 10th October.
  8. LCR Violence Reduction Unit  - LCR DsPH met with Supt Mark Wiggins to discuss progressing the LCR Violence Reduction Unit and ensuring strategic public health support.

The DsPH also shared items of good news and gratitude…

  1. The DsPH wish to thank Eileen O’Meara, Dawn Leicester, Tracey Lambert and the Champs support team for their hard work in helping to deliver the HCP/Marmot/King’s Fund event. Eileen also wished to thank everyone who helped pull together presentations and information for the group work on priorities and facilitators.
  2. The DsPH also thanked the Champs support team for arranging the World Suicide Prevention Day event at Everton FC which featured Clarke Carlisle and a media workshop by the Samaritans. The event gained coverage on BBC NW Tonight and on several local radio stations.
  3. Muna Abdel Aziz updated that Warrington Council and the Design Council are working on a prevention framework for older people. 5 workshops will be held with council staff between now and March.
  4. Ian Ashworth thanked everyone who had been involved in contributing to the LGA sexual health commissioning report, which featured C&M work.
  5. Matt Ashton and Alan Higgins presented on the LCR wealth and wellbeing programme at the recent PHE conference. Matt also asked a great question of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care after his keynote speech on ensuring the public health agenda was prioritised across the whole of Government, which was picked up by the national media! See the coverage here and here.

The next DsPH meeting will be their Executive Board meeting on 18th October.