Champs Public Health Collaborative, led by the Directors of Public Health, allows the nine local authority public health teams across Cheshire and Merseyside to work together with the aim of shifting local outcomes, enabling whole system leadership and maximising public health capacity.

Our outcome focused collaborative delivers a number of priorities agreed by the Cheshire & Merseyside Directors of Public Health in partnership with Public Health England and NHS England. 

The priorities are:

  • Improving mental health and wellbeing and suicide prevention
  • Tackling high blood pressure
  • Reducing alcohol harm 
  • Supporting strategic partnerships including Devolution across LCR and Cheshire and Warrington and the C&M Health & Care Partnership
  • Maintaining safe and resilient communities

High blood pressure 

A cross sector partnership work on the prevention, detection and treatment of high blood pressure. An action plan ensures more people who have undiagnosed high blood pressure are identified and the quality of care improves for those with diagnosed high blood pressure, preventing strokes, heart and kidney disease. Over 16,000 additional blood pressure patients have been diagnosed since 2015/16.  

Lead Director of Public Health, Dr Sarah McNulty, Knowsley Council.

Mental health and wellbeing and suicide prevention

The NO MORE Suicide Partnership Board and colleagues across the system work together on preventing suicide and improving mental wellbeing. The NO MORE suicide strategy for Cheshire & Merseyside and action plan along with suicide liaison service, Amparo have achieved much success and recognition.

Lead Director of Public Health for Suicide Prevention, Sue Forster, St Helens Council.

Reducing alcohol harm

Work to reduce the harm from alcohol in our communities includes several initiatives such as pathway development and training.

Lead Director of Public Health for reducing alcohol harm, Julie Webster, Wirral Council. 

Support Functions

Cross cutting themes including facilitating collective action, CPD and events, intelligence, communications and sector led improvement support the key collaborative priorities.

A high level expert health protection strategy group ensures a safe and resilient system and supports local authorities in their quality assurance role.

Support functions include:

  • System leadership
  • Commissioning
  • CPD
  • Intelligence
  • Sector Led Improvement
  • Health Protection
  • Communications & knowledge transfer

To find out more see our 2018 - 20 business plan

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