Welcome to the latest issue of the Champs news round up containing news, stories and informative updates from Champs Public Health Collaborative and Partners. 

Directors' news

The following key messages were highlighted at the Cheshire & Merseyside Directors of Public Health System Leadership Meeting that took place on 16th October.

Cheshire & Merseyside has been successful in its bid to secure £100,000 from Health Education England (HEE) for funding towards workforce development/training for staff delivering its new high blood pressure strategy. A submission has also been sent for workforce development funding for the Champs mental health and wellbeing for children and young people priority which is currently being considered by HEE.
The DsPH are leading on two “State of Health Reports” for Liverpool City Region (LCR) and Warrington and Cheshire to support devolution. The State of Health Reports will incorporate a detailed analysis of the current position across health and social care but also predict future challenges that could have an impact on the LCR and Warrington and Cheshire. The report is expected to be available in February 2016. A big thank you also goes to Chris Williamson, Lead for the Champs intelligence network for his support with the health and social care data for the next LCR submission.

Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service gave a presentation to the DsPH on their “Safe and Well” home visits. Both services are keen to work with public health on prevention and have agreed to support 4 key intervention areas - slips, trips and falls, supporting hospital discharge for over 65’s, supporting cancer screening and supporting smoking cessation and alcohol reduction. The DsPH could also see a role for the fire & rescue services in other areas such as blood pressure checks and identifying health and wellbeing issues. Brief advice training would also be useful for fire staff engaging with the public. The DsPH agreed that a representative from public health be included in the working group for this project.

The domestic abuse campaign “Be a Lover not a Fighter”, recently shortlisted for the Northern Marketing Awards 2015, will be repeated in February 2016 in 7 out of the 9 Local Authority areas in Cheshire & Merseyside and other areas across the North West. PHE North West is providing some funding for campaign development to link in with its work on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE).

The 0-5 transition and transformation of health visiting services is now complete and the leadership group will meet once more prior to Christmas to pick up any outstanding issues. The DPH representative on the group Liz Gaulton gave a note of thanks to Paula Yates from the Champs support team for her excellent work supporting them in the smooth transition. A CPD event was proposed for next year to look at health visitor transfer one year on.
There was an update from Julie Kelly of NHS England Cheshire & Merseyside who also announced that her role will be changing as she will be working part time for PHE NW on population health care and part time in her current role with NHS England. Dan Seddon will become Screening and Immunisations lead for Cheshire as well as Merseyside.  
Andrea Hare from PHE NW gave an update including an update paper on Pandemic Flu and the PHE local health protection review engagement paper. A collective response is being developed.  The DsPH would like to thank Emer Coffey, Public Health Consultant, Liverpool City Council for her leadership on the PHE consultation on health protection functions.
The DsPH will be working together to develop a collective response to the ACRA funding formula consultation, which will then be amended at a local level and sent in from each local authority area.
The next system leadership meeting will be held on 13th November and includes a visit by Andrew Furber, President of the ADPH.

High blood pressure news

Champs secures £100k funding from Health Education England

Champs Public Health Collaborative celebrates following a funding award of £100,000 from Health Education England for workforce / education needs within the high blood pressure programme of work that Champs is prioritising.

The bid will deliver a comprehensive quality improvement programme which looks to increase the number of individuals in Cheshire and Merseyside that are identified and treated appropriately for high blood pressure.

The proposal submitted to Health Education England requested funds that will enable the collaborative to:

  • Work with a range of partners to co-produce tailored hypertension educational support material for a range of professionals and the public.
  • Develop and deliver Train the Trainer sessions for health care professionals on best practice in hypertension, re NICE Guidelines and the Cheshire & Merseyside Blood Pressure Pathway.
  • Develop and deliver training sessions on hypertension to the wider care workforce, such as social care workers, firemen, carers, pharmacists etc.
  • Develop resources and training to develop the skills and knowledge of local hypertension champions in the community.

Speaking following the award Eileen O’Meara, Director of Public Health at Halton and Lead Director of Public Health for Workforce Development  said: “This is excellent news for Cheshire and Merseyside. We can confidently forge ahead with our action plan that looks to diagnose, treat and ultimately prevent cases of high blood pressure across our region. We can ensure that the capability and capacity of the Hypertension workforce, especially within primary care, is second to none.”

Test bed for hypertension and atrial fibrillation (AF) detection and management team host market place event. 

The collaborative supported a test bed bid stakeholder engagement event that took place on Thursday 8th October, welcoming over 40 delegates and 15 innovators in a "market place meets speed dating" type event.
The event provided the opportunity for stakeholders to influence which innovators will be part of the final partnership by engaging, viewing and evaluating the different innovations / technologies available.
The event saw 3 key speakers address delegates:
  • Dr Bruce Taylor, GP and Strategic Clinical Network GP Clinical Lead, provided an introduction and a background on the Cheshire and Merseyside Hypertension and Atrial Fibrillation strategies.
  • Dr Heather Grimbaldeston, Director of Public Health Cheshire East Council and Lead Cheshire and Merseyside Director of Public Health for Hypertension, gave an overview of the Test Bed process and Care Pathway.
  • Dr Julia Reynolds, Programme Manager at the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network introduced each innovator and explained the format of the event and the intended outcome

Delegates visited each innovator stand where they heard a 5 minute pitch before making a note of their individual score for each. All scores were collated by the C&M test bed team who then agreed which products and innovations will be part of the final bid that will submitted on the 4th November.  If successful the bid will generate up to £5 million of new income.
Successful bid applications will be announced sometime in December. Please check the Champs website and future news updates for announcements.

Click here for background information regarding the test bed programme.

Suicide Prevention News

Cheshire & Merseyside Suicide Reduction Partnership Board focuses energies and activities

The recent Cheshire & Merseyside Suicide Reduction Partnership Board meeting brought members together with a view of focusing energies and activities to support the implementation of the new Cheshire & Merseyside 'No More' Zero Suicide Strategy launched on September 10th 2015.
Session one reviewed the strategy launch and recapped the main objectives. Group working sessions considered a number of questions asking what Board members are currently doing and how they will, going forward, continue to engage and inspire within their own and partner organisations.

Sessions two and three focused on the role of the Board as a collective and as individuals, whether the Board should be added to and what will be done to ensure the effective work to date continues and that momentum gathered at the recent 'No More' Zero Suicide Event grows.

For further details on the 'No More' Zero Suicide Strategy for Cheshire & Merseyside visit:


Champs successful in securing conference session at NSPA Conference 2016

Champs Public Health Collaborative is delighted to have secured a conference session at the 2016 National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) Conference taking place in London on 2nd February 2016.
This will provide a unique opportunity to inform delegates of the AMPARO Suicide Liaison Service; a service commissioned by the Collaborative to provide a speedy response to those bereaved by suicide in Cheshire and Merseyside.
The theme of the main NSPA conference is empowering communities through collaboration; recognising that reducing the number of suicides requires contributions from across society and includes education, prevention, intervention and postvention work.
The event will bring together private, public and voluntary organisations, individuals with lived experience of suicide and professionals and practitioners working to prevent suicide.

To learn more about NSPA and next year's event visit the website here. 

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Domestic Abuse - 'Be a Lover not a Fighter' campaign shortlisted for Northern Marketing Award 

The recent 'Be a Lover not a Fighter' Domestic Abuse campaign was shortlisted in the Best Not For Profit category at the 2015 Northern Marketing Awards. Read more about the Awards and the categories here. 

Whilst the campaign didn't scoop the top prize on the evening, the Collaborative are extremely proud to receive such recognition.  


Champs CPD & Events News

Registration now open

Health Protection - Cheshire & Merseyside Air Quality CPD Event

Wednesday, 11 November, 2015
Select Stadium, Widnes.

1pm to 4:30pm

Poor air quality is a major public health issue. An estimated 340,000 life-years are lost annually in England due the short- and long-term effects of particulate air pollution. In Cheshire and Merseyside in 2012, 4.4% of all deaths were estimated to have a contribution from particulate air pollution.
Click here to register your attendance and to download the event programme. 


Cheshire and Merseyside Blood Pressure Partnership Board - System Leadership Workshop

Thursday, 19 November, 2015
Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington.

By Invitation only

Over the last year, much work has been undertaken, involving a wide range of partners, to write a sub-regional cross-sector strategy to tackle high blood pressure. The Blood Pressure Partnership Board will include representatives from a range of sectors and organisations, and will oversee the direction and implementation of this strategy.

News following the workshop will be communicated via the Champs website and future news bulletins.

Remember Champs CPD events can be viewed on the website

Click here to view CPD calendar for 2015-16, for further details on all forthcoming events and to view presentations from past events.

Please note that dates are subject to change and places are limited at some Champs events.


Other news

Greater Manchester appoints first ever Director of Population Health Transformation

The Collaborative would like to congratulate Wendy Meredith who is the current Director of Public Health for Bolton Council and chairs the Greater Manchester Directors of Public Health Group. Wendy has been appointed as Greater Manchester’s first ever Director of Population Health Transformation.

Click here for further details.

Guide on Measuring Mental Wellbeing in Children and Young People published this month.

The National Mental Health Intelligence Network is pleased to announce that its guide on Measuring Mental Wellbeing in Children and Young People was published this earlier this month. 
View documents using the below links.

Measuring Mental Wellbeing in Children and Young People

Technical Appendix: Measuring Mental Wellbeing in Children and Young People, an Indicator Guide

A practice resource - Identifying and responding to suicide clusters

Public Health England (PHE) recently published a new resource to assist local organisations to prevent linked suicides in their areas, often referred to as ‘suicide clusters’.

The Identifying and responding to suicide clusters resource supports local authorities in their reaction to unexpectedly high numbers of suicides occurring in a particular period of time, a particular place, or both. The resource highlights how imperative it is that plans for such events are in place before they occur to ensure an effective response.

TFF provide alcohol work for Cheshire & Merseyside

Tobacco Free Futures (TFF) will be providing some alcohol policy work in Cheshire and Merseyside.

Our Life, who previously delivered the alcohol programme across the North West through their Drink Wise brand, was placed into administration over the summer. TFF have been fortunate enough to retain some of the expertise of Drink Wise by engaging Andrew Taylor as Project Manager for campaigns and engagement. TFF has begun to deliver on a joint tobacco and alcohol contract for Greater Manchester. Regular alcohol policy updates and briefings for colleagues across Cheshire and Merseyside and Greater Manchester will be provided.

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