Welcome to the October issue of the Champs news round up containing news, stories and informative updates from across the Champs Public Health Collaborative in Cheshire and Merseyside and relaying news on national Public Health priorities.  

Directors' news

Key messages from the Directors of Public Health

The Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M) Directors of Public Health (DsPH) met on 16th September for their Board meeting, the key messages are as follows:

New Youth Connect 5 resilience and emotional wellbeing programme - Pat Nicholl, Mental wellbeing lead for the Champs support team presented a paper on the new resilience and emotional wellbeing “train the trainer” programme for parents/carers of children and young people aged 10 – 18. Each local authority will have the opportunity for 20 members of the workforce to be trained who then in turn will run two courses for parents/carers. The course, funded from a successful Champs HEE bid, will eventually be delivered to nearly 5,000 parents/carers across C&M. The course aims to build knowledge, empathy and skills to promote and strengthen children and young people’s resilience and emotional wellbeing.
Liverpool City Region's first Health Summit October 12th – Liverpool City Region (LCR) DsPH will be supporting a Health Summit taking place this week with key local authority, health and community leaders to explore the region’s ambition to transform the health and wellbeing of everyone living and working in our region. Matthew Ashton, Joint DPH for Knowsley and Sefton, will be presenting at the event.
New Champs Collaborative alcohol licensing work stream Fiona Johnstone updated the DsPH on the new alcohol licensing work stream led by a multi-agency steering group including licensing leads. CEOs and Leaders from Cheshire and Warrington and LCR have received a briefing paper presented by Fiona Johnstone.
New lead DPH for blood pressure - The DsPH were delighted that Dr Muna Abdel Aziz, Acting Director of Public Health in Warrington will be taking on the lead DPH role for high blood pressure.

Blood pressure strategy gap analysis and SLI workshop - A gap analysis was conducted at a recent Sector Led Improvement workshop with the C&M Health Care Public Health Leads using the 10 objectives within the blood pressure strategy. Dr Mel Roche, Blood Pressure lead in the Champs support team presented the results and recommendations which were approved by the DsPH. The gap analysis identified many areas of good practice across Cheshire & Merseyside which will be shared and standardised where possible. This will also inform the C&M STP Demand Management and Prevention work stream.

Cheshire & Merseyside STP public health priorities - Three public health priorities have been included in the Cheshire & Merseyside STP, namely, alcohol harm reduction, high blood pressure and AMR. PIDs are being further developed and public health is also feeding into the mental health and cancer work streams for the STP. DsPH expressed their thanks to all the many contributors including Mel Roche, Elspeth Anwar and PHE for their hard work in leading the development of the PIDs. A special thank you also to Brendan Collins for the excellent economic analysis.

Champs Collaborative performance report - The performance report for the Collaborative was shared with some excellent achievements such as:
  • Professor Norm Campbell, international hypertension expert from Canada, describing the C&M Hypertension Strategy as ‘state of the art’.
  • The Champs Collaborative asked to develop a response on behalf of the ADPH to the Commons Select Committee for Health Inquiry regarding suicide prevention.
  • The ‘Be a lover not a fighter’ campaign selected as one of three finalists for the national NICE Shared Learning Award in July.
  • Two posters were presented at the PHE 2016 Conference on public health intelligence and systems leadership.
  • Intelligence reports including: The Case for Change reports for Liverpool City Region and Cheshire and Warrington Public Sector Transformation Board, The Cheshire & Merseyside Workplace Health report, The Children and Young People mental health report which has been used to review gaps and identify priorities for public health leads.
  • The CPD/events programme including a series of Sector Led Improvement workshops.
  • The blood pressure primary care workshop where clinicians and community partners were involved in designing the solutions to tackle high blood pressure in Cheshire & Merseyside.
  • A primary care training package for CCGs on Suicide Prevention.
  • The introduction of joint medicines management support.
  • The AMR action plan.
    The DsPH would like to thank everyone in the system who has worked on a collaborative project.
Champs Collaborative finance report - The Collaborative finance paper was approved and collective investments reviewed by the Board.

Business Rates consultation - A collective response to the Business Rates consultation has been sent. The response reflected that business rates should not be used to fund public health.

Assistive technology event - An event to be held next year on Assistive Technology was approved in partnership with the Fire & Rescue Services. The focus is to be reducing alcohol harm and high blood pressure to align with the STP priorities.

Communications Plan - A communications plan containing key activity for the Collaborative and its priorities was circulated to DsPH and will be further shared with communications and social marketing leads in C&M.

The next DsPH meeting will be a system leadership meeting on 14th Oct.

Mental Health and Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention News

Youth Connect 5 resilience training programme tested

The new "train the trainer" programme for promoting resilience and emotional wellbeing in children and young people aged 10 - 18 is currently being tested with parents and carers in St Helens.

This programme is being funded by a successful Champs bid to Health Education England. From October, all areas in Cheshire & Merseyside will then undertake workforce training before delivering the course to parents and carers.

The course, based on the original Connect 5 training around the 5 ways to wellbeing, will continue to be branded as Youth Connect 5. Posters and flyers will be sent to local authority areas for distribution to schools and other settings and a website for booking courses will go live in the next few weeks. It uses a ‘train the trainer model’ and will eventually be delivered to nearly 5,000 parents and carers across C&M.

The Youth Connect 5 Steering Group is providing strong system leadership and strategic oversight for Youth Connect 5.

For further information about Youth Connect 5 click here.


ADPH submission to Commons Select Committee on suicide prevention supported by Champs

In July this year the Health Committee launched an inquiry into the action which is necessary to improve suicide prevention in England.

In response to this, the Association of the Directors of Public Health (ADPH) asked that Champs Collaborative assist them with the production of their submission in recognition of the innovative work on suicide prevention undertaken in Cheshire & Merseyside.  

To view a copy of the information prepared by Champs click here. 

Wirral Mind win contract to provide suicide prevention Train the Trainer programme 

Champs Collaborative has appointed Wirral Mind as the provider of choice to develop an existing suicide prevention training module into a "Gatekeeper" Train the Trainer (TtT) programme that can be cascaded to frontline staff.

Warrington’s public health team gave authority for their well-established basic suicide prevention training to be developed as a TtT session.

Further details on the programme will be communicated in future news updates.

Read the Cheshire & Merseyside NO MORE suicide strategy.

Champs Collaborative support team backs 'It's Okay to talk' campaign for World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

In the run-up to World Suicide Prevention Day, which took place on September 10th, Champs Public Health Collaborative, as members of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA), teamed up with Andy’s Man Clubs to encourage men to reach out for help and support when life feels overwhelming.

Alongside Champs, over 70 other organisations in England joined together in a big national unified push to reduce deaths by suicide, by telling men that ‘It’s okay to talk’.

Find out more about the #ITSOKAYTOTALK campaign and other charities and bodies working to reduce suicide on the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) website here. 

Champs Support Team pictured with 'It's Okay to talk' banner

High blood pressure news

Champs Collaborative blood pressure work referenced at national level

The highly praised work within the Champs Public Health Collaborative blood pressure priority has been referenced in a recent Public Health England document entitled: Action on cardiovascular disease:getting serious about prevention.

The document details how PHE North West has worked together with Champs Collaborative and other local partners to develop a blood pressure strategy and action plan.

Dr Muna Abdel Aziz, Acting Director of Public Health in Warrington and lead Director of Public Health for the blood pressure programme at Champs Collaborative said:

"Further recognition at a national level of the work we are doing around blood pressure and Atrial Fibrillation in Cheshire and Merseyside is something we proudly welcome. Everyone involved in the "Saving lives: Reducing the pressure" Cheshire & Merseyside five year cross-sector strategy to tackle high blood pressure, works tirelessly to ensure the momentum and successes achieved to date continue."

To view the PHE "Action on cardiovascular disease: getting serious about prevention" document click here.

Read the “Saving lives: Reducing the pressure” five year cross-sector blood pressure strategy here.


Empowering communities - Cheshire and Merseyside urged to know their numbers!

12-18 September 2016 saw the re-run of Blood Pressure UK’s  “Know your numbers” campaign; a campaign  to encourage adults across the UK to know their blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure.

With high blood pressure being a priority in Cheshire & Merseyside, each local authority area was invited during the ‘Know your numbers’ week to participate in and promote the campaign to their residents.

A number of Healthy Living Pharmacies across Cheshire and Merseyside registered to host a ‘pressure station’ to provide free blood pressure checks. 

During the campaign David Mowat, Pharmacy Minister visited a Healthy Living Pharmacy in Warrington where he met staff members undertaking blood pressure checks and members of the community getting involved in 'Know Your Numbers'. David took the opportunity to learn more about the work taking place around blood pressure in Cheshire and Merseyside and took away with him a copy of the Champs Collaborative 'Saving lives: Reducing the pressure' five year cross-sector blood pressure strategy and a copy of the Healthy Living Pharmacy prospectus.

Pharmacy Minister David Mowat with pharmacist Modie Al-Shakarchi and his team at their Healthy Living Pharmacy in Warrington.

Beacon practices launched in Wirral

As part of the 'Saving lives: Reducing the pressure' blood pressure strategy for Cheshire & Merseyside a number of GP practices across Wirral have agreed to become a 'Beacon Practice.'

Education and training is a key objective of the strategy and in order to achieve the vision of Cheshire and Merseyside having the best possible blood pressure, establishing a cross-sector workforce which is incentivised and has the right knowledge and skills to prevent, detect and optimally manage BP is essential.

Implementation of the high blood pressure education and training programme within primary care will be piloted in the Beacon Practices and subsequently rolled out across the sub-region. 

Four practices took part in the Beacon Practices launch for blood pressure:
  • Eastham Group Practice, Tree Tops Primary Health Care Centre
  • Somerville Medical Centre, Wallasey
  • Sunlight Group Practice, New Ferry
  • West Wirral Group Practice, The Warrens Medical Centre, Arrowe Park

Left - right: Jane Harvey, Consultant in Public Health at Wirral Council, Dr Bush, Eastham Group Practice, Dr Hughes, West Wirral Group Practice, Dr Taylor, Claughton Medial Centre, Wirral CCG CVD Lead, Louise Smyth, Practice Nurse, Sunlight Group Practice, Jennine Edge, Practice Manager, Sunlight Group Practice

Champs Public Health Collaborative News

Directors of Public Health Executive Board welcomes new Chair and Vice Chair

September saw Eileen O’Meara, Director of Public Health (DPH) at Halton Borough Council and Lead DPH for Health Protection, officially take over the role of Chair of the Directors of Public Health Executive Board. Eileen will be supported by new vice chair, Sandra Davies, DPH at Liverpool City Council and Lead DPH for Mental Health.

C&M Health Protection Team Award Winners

The Cheshire & Merseyside Health Protection Team were recently named joint winners of the first PHE Science and Research Award at the PHE Annual Conference this year.

In 2012/2013, the Cheshire & Merseyside Health Protection Team responded to a very large and sustained measles outbreak with 651 confirmed cases and over 7,500 suspected cases and contacts.  Despite stepping into business continuity mode to control the outbreak, the team identified the important opportunity to design a programme of research to answer key questions around cost, evaluation of public health interventions and strategies for preventing future outbreaks.

This programme of research has generated 5 articles being published in peer reviewed publications to date and has influenced the development of national measles control strategies, provided evidence of evaluation of interventions, and added to the international evidence base. 

None of this would have happened without support from all PHE North West staff including Field Epidemiology Service, plus support from external partners, especially Local Authority public health teams, the wider NHS and academic collaborators.

Champs provides evidence for Licensing Act 2003 review

A House of Lords Select Committee is set to review the Licensing Act 2003 over the coming months and has called upon relevant agencies to submit written evidence to be considered by the Committee.

The Champs Alcohol Licensing work stream that has evolved from supporting Devolution sees six areas that will be explored by the working group to assess their viability including:
  • Enforcing current law
  • Community champions, learning from work in Greater Manchester
  • Joint frameworks for licensing strategies and policies
  • Developing guidance for anyone making representations around licence applications
  • Essential training for responsible authorities and licensing committees
  • Local voluntary agreements
In response to the call for evidence, a Cheshire and Merseyside response focusing namely on planning, off trade and minimum unit pricing has been submitted.

Alongside this Fiona Johnstone, DPH at Wirral Council and DPH Lead for Licensing presented a paper to local authority CEO's and Leaders.

The House of Lords Select Committee will publish their report in March 2017. Please check back to the Champs website for future updates.

Champs Public Health representation for NW Bariatric Surgery Procurement 

NHS England is currently working with North West CCGs to secure the future of Tier 4 bariatric surgery provision and following an “ask” for public health representatives on the Bariatric Joint Working Group, Dympna Edwards, Assistant Director of Public Health at St Helens Council has kindly agreed to provide representation for Champs Collaborative.
The project group has the responsibility to provide leadership and guidance to and oversee the procurement and implementation of the Tier 4 bariatric surgery to be delivered across all North West CCG areas with the service being operational by 1st April 2017.

Stoptober update

PHE's Stoptober kicked off on 1st October, encouraging smokers across England to make a quit attempt during the 28 day campaign.

Stoptober has driven almost 1 million quit attempts to date, with thousands more taking part this month.

It's not too late to get involved yourself or to help those in your community to make a quit attempt. Click here for more information about the national 28-day quitting campaign.

North West Population Health & Prevention Network launched

The North West Population Health & Prevention Network, funded by Health Education England, is a new multi professional network for the health, care and voluntary sector workforce across the North West.
Launched to improve the quality of care delivered to patients and promoting quality in education and training, the network supports the health and wellbeing contribution of the health care workforce – particularly around self-care, prevention and making every contact count.
If you work with patients or have caring responsibilities within your job role, or if you work in healthcare, social care or the voluntary care sector this network is for you.
Learn more about the network here:

Publication of first health protection textbook comes out of North West


PHE North West staff members, Sam Ghebrehewet, Alex Stewart, Merav Kliner and their colleagues have published the first comprehensive textbook in health protection entitled – “Health Protection: Principles and Practice”.

The book is the first of its kind to cover all domains of health protection, taking an integrated approach both in planning and response, covering all aspects of health protection practice, from common and rare infections, through emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR) to tackling the often difficult and challenging issues that arise from environmental threats to health.

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive at PHE said: “This is a very timely and comprehensive contribution which I am sure will become a key book for public health trainees, specialists and practitioners everywhere."

The book is available both as a hard copy and eBook on OUP

All Our Health resources now live

Resources for the PHE All Our Health (AOH) call to action have now gone live. AOH is the call to action for all health and care professionals (HCPs) to embed and extend prevention, health protection and promotion of wellbeing and resilience into practice.

There are a range of topics available to help HCPs develop their knowledge and confidence and improve their impact to make every contact count.

Click here to learn more about the framework of evidence to guide healthcare professionals in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.

Institute status for LJMU Public Health Centre

The Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), has recently been granted Institute status, giving the centre the new name of The Public Health Institute.

The Public Health Institute will continue to conduct research and engage with stakeholders from a variety of sectors to identify research priorities, translate evidence into practice, and embed monitoring and evaluation tools to evidence outcomes and impact.

Cheshire & Merseyside Intelligence Network bids farewell to Chris Williamson

The Cheshire & Merseyside Directors of Public Health would like to express their thanks to Chris Williamson, Cheshire and Merseyside Intelligence Network Lead, who will leave his post at the end of October.  Under his guidance the Network has produced a number of key pieces of work that have contributed to the collaborative priorities. He is wished much luck in his new post in London.

CPD and Events News

Adaptive/System Leadership Masterclass attracts over 50 delegates.

The recent Adaptive/System Leadership Masterclass CPD event delivered by Champs Public Health Collaborative welcomed over 50 delegates.

Taking place on 27th September the half day session aimed to equip colleagues with the skills to resolve complex issues and to lead complex change in health and social care when working across organisations and geographical boundaries.

The session looked at systems and adaptive leadership approaches providing a unique opportunity to get fresh perspectives on a complex issue that matters locally using a variety of approaches whilst at the same time applying learning about the theory and practice of systems leadership.

Delegates gave positive feedback about the event, some examples of the comments received on the feedback forms are as follows:
  • The course was delivered in such a way that it was relevant to all
  • The practical exercises were helpful
  • The discussion exercise at the end of the session was really useful
Click here to view the presentation given on the day by facilitator Joyce Redfearn.

Workshop - Skills and strategies for engaging and communicating with adults who are suicidal or who self-harm  

Wednesday, 19 October, 2016
The Centre, Birchwood Park, Warrington

The University of Manchester is offering non-mental health workforce personnel a free one-day conference to develop skills and strategies for communicating and engaging with adults who are suicidal, who self-harm or who experience depression.

The conference is a CPD event targeted mainly at NHS primary care, non-medical health professionals (e.g. practice nurses, district nurses, A&E nurses, community health and social acre professionals) in the North West.

Places are limited, therefore priority will be given to those who meet the criteria

Click here to register and to find out more.

Upcoming events

Influenza - Coping with the unpredictable
November 10th
Select Stadium, Widnes

A half day session brought to you by Champs Public Health Collaborative and Public Health England North West aims to build knowledge and understanding of the wider impact of Influenza.

Click here for more details.
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