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Improving quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness by reviewing locally commissioned public health services.  Director of Public Health lead: Liz Gaulton, St Helens

The improving commissioning area of work reviews commissioned local authority public health services; to assist public health commissioners to maximise the use of resources available.  It builds on work previously completed across Cheshire and Merseyside; by comparing and identifying the service models that are most effective, most efficient and improve outcomes. It also acts as a hub for sharing learning and adds value to existing work and reduces duplication.

Champs have compared and contrasted healthy weight services across Cheshire and Merseyside and found huge variation in the cost per outcome, with some areas paying much more, for less effective services.  The improving commissioning area of work began with the mandated services and asked local commissioners to work together, facilitated by the champs support team to:

  • Benchmark services  by comparing a range of measures  to drive up quality, value for money and effectiveness
  • Consistent evidence-based service specifications to enable service equity, quality and cost-effectiveness
  • Carry out return on investment analysis on selected services and contracts to compare cost per outcome
  • Identify opportunities and producing business cases  for collaborative commissioning by a lead authority - savings may be used to release public health capacity to improve further local engagement and deliver improved health outcomes.


Commissioning Leadership Group
Members of this group include: 



Fiona Johnstone


Lucia Scally

Cheshire West and Chester

Lynn Keenaghan 


Sarah Johnson-Griffiths


Julie Tierney


Susie Gardiner


Anna Nygaard

St Helens

Collette Walsh


Julie Webster


Dave Bradburn

Public Health England

Andrea Hare

NHS England

Julie Kelly

Support Team

Helen Cartwright

Support Team

Cheryl Yeardsley

Support Team

Adam Major

In addition to the Commissioning Leadership group there are a range of sub groups that are working on the mandated public health services. 

Attached are the briefings notes from the Commissioning Leadership Group meetings.