Left to right: Dave Sweeney, Prof Harry Sumnall, Dr Durka Dougall, David Buck, Joe Rafferty, Prof Sir Michael Marmot, Mel Pickup

An event took place on Thursday 19th September at Chester Racecourse organised collaboratively by Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M) Health and Care Partnership (HCP), Champs Public Health Collaborative and The King’s Fund.

The event offered an opportunity to investigate some of the priorities for population health  across C&M and was a unique occasion for senior leaders from across the health and care system to come together to explore which three of these priorities they would like to make ‘audacious goals’ for population health in C&M.

The event was facilitated by Dr Durka Dougall of The King’s Fund who led delegates through a day of talks and group work, looking at the wider determinants of health.

Cllr Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council opened the event, welcoming delegates and describing some of the health inequalities which still exist in her own local authority, echoing the situation nationwide and proving why work in this area is much needed. Cllr Gittins’ welcome was followed by a range of presentations from C&M senior leaders. Mel Pickup, Lead for the C&M Health & Care Partnership spoke about the journey so far in C&M and the scope for senior leaders to make a difference with regards to population health.

  Picture left: Cllr Louise Gittins opening the event

Eileen O’Meara, C&M Clinical Lead for Population Health and Director of Public Health in Halton spoke about the opportunities and priorities for population health in C&M before opening up discussion between delegates for them to choose which priorities they felt would be most important to work on. In groups, delegates reviewed the key priorities for C&M, deciding on a top three of CVD, Mental Wellbeing / Zero Suicide and No Harm from Alcohol which will be included in the C&M HCP five-year strategy.

Pictured right: Eireann O’Meara talks about C&M priorities

Following a networking lunch, The King’s Fund’s David Buck spoke about implementing a whole system approach to population health and using their Framework in order to do this.

The session was followed by a look at how great system leadership can energise the population health agenda and start making positive changes towards reducing health inequalities. This was presented by Dave Sweeney, Health & Care Partnership and Dawn Lawson, Liverpool Health Partners.

The day’s main event was a lecture from keynote speaker and world-renowned expert in population health, Professor Sir Michael Marmot. He offered his expertise on the current state of health inequalities in the UK and worldwide and what can be done to start to decrease this gap, including developing Marmot friendly communities.

The day concluded with a Q&A with key leaders which considered how to implement the learning from the day and move forward together as a system to improve population health.

Following system sign off, the C&M Health & Care Partnership will work with Sir Michael’s team towards becoming a Marmot community.

Sir Michael Marmot said of C&M working towards becoming a Marmot Community:

“I am, of course, delighted. Action at local and regional level can make a huge difference to social determinants of health and health equity”.

To view a Powerpoint video/recording of Sir Michael’s lecture click here

Presentations from all the speakers can be found on the Champs website here