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

Directors' news

Key messages from the Directors of Public Health meeting that took place on 11 December.

The DsPH discussed the impact of the Corporate Spending Review and local strategies for managing the budget challenges.

The state of health reports for Liverpool City Region and Cheshire & Warrington are progressing and are due in January. The reports will inform the prevention and demand management strategy which is to be developed as part of the public health contribution to Devolution.

The DsPH agreed their collective investments for 2016/17.

Options for ensuring effective and systematic suicide audits and reports in Cheshire & Merseyside were discussed following a paper prepared by Pat Nicholl, Mental wellbeing lead in the Champs support team.

The DsPH received a paper with recommendations for promoting resilience, prevention and early intervention for children and young people’s mental wellbeing. The sector led improvement approach was supported along with strengthening the strategic alignment of Champs Public Health Collaborative with the Strategic Clinical Network CAMHS Transformation Group and work streams.

Progress reports and achievements were given on the key priorities in the Champs collaborative business plan, including the performance dashboard and risk register.

Heather Grimbaldeston gave an update on the high blood pressure work including the test bed interview that took place in London earlier in December.

A briefing for local authorities on the new Cheshire & Merseyside 5 ways to wellbeing campaign was presented with DsPH supporting the campaign.

The Cheshire & Merseyside Sector Led Improvement forward plan for 2015/16 was approved to accelerate improvement against the key priorities of the Champs collaborative. The initial focus will be on suicide prevention.

The next meeting of the DsPH will be a strategic planning session in January.

High blood pressure news

Cheshire & Merseyside team presents test bed bid in London 

The bid to become a test bed for high blood pressure and Atrial Fibrillation, which is being led by Champs Public Health Collaborative in partnership with PHE, the CVD Strategic Clinical Network and the North West Coast Academic Health Sciences Network, was successfully submitted earlier this month and representatives from the team travelled to London on December 1st to present to the interview panel. The panel consisted of experts from NHS England, the Department of Health, the Office for Life Sciences, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and other stakeholders.

The test bed programme aims to identify and promote high value innovations that produce significant health improvements at the same or less cost than existing practice.

If successful Cheshire & Merseyside will have access to up to £6 million of funding to support implementation of the project. A final decision is expected before the end of the year.

Updates and further information will be shared in special bulletins and on the Champs website.

Photo L-R: Dr Bruce Taylor, Helen Cartwright, Dr Heather Grimbaldeston, Dr Justin Watling, Professor Harry Sumnell.

Click here for more information on the test bed programme. 

Another exciting opportunity for the Cheshire and Merseyside High Blood Pressure Partnership Board
BUPA and the national PHE team have invited Champs Collaborative to be part a pilot project which BUPA is funding to carry out social marketing research on how the public views Blood Pressure and what the barriers might be to them taking action to tackle it.  

The qualitative study will make use of in-depth interviews with key individuals and all findings from the study will be available for Cheshire and Merseyside High Blood Pressure Partnership Board to utilise.

Test bed bid process and progress highlighted on national platform

Dr Heather Grimbaldeston, Director of Public Health Cheshire East Council and Lead Cheshire and Merseyside Director of Public Health for Hypertension recently presented at the national hypertension board on local progress to date with the bid to become a test bed site that will look to utilise technology in optimising identification, early detection and management of Hypertension and Atrial Fibrillation in Cheshire and Merseyside. 

Progress will also be highlighted in a case study about the local bid process that will feature in the Local Government Chronicle First Magazine.

Mental Health & Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention News

Five Ways to Wellbeing campaign resources developed for local councils

The Champs Mental Wellbeing and Social Marketing leads have been developing campaign materials around the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which are available from January for local delivery.
This work further develops the adult-focused Mental Health and Wellbeing campaign work developed in conjunction with Public Health England (PHE) through 2014. Investing in the continued development of the work embarked on with PHE was proposed by the Champs mental wellbeing group, ratified by the Cheshire and Merseyside Directors of Public Health and taken forward by an agreed project group.
The project group developed a tender for the work which was issued in two lots, seeking agencies to provide creative development services and research (segmentation and testing) services.
The campaign materials, alongside plans and tips for local implementation and evaluation reframe the five ways into simple messages that better resonate with the public, to be used in local marketing campaigns which support local work.
Materials and plans will be customisable with local details and will be available for implementation from the New Year.
Click here to read a full update document detailing development and testing of the campaign to date.

Champs to hold workshop at NSPA Conference

The National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) is holding its 2nd annual conference on Tuesday 2nd February 2016 and Champs Public Health Collaborative will be running a workshop focusing on AMPARO the Suicide Liaison Service for Cheshire and Merseyside that provides support to family and friends following a suicide.
The session will provide a unique opportunity to share the experience and learning taken from developing and implementing the service.

Save the Date -  Annual Suicide Prevention Summit - 11th February 2016

The 2016 Annual Summit which will highlight actions to positively engage and influence men, will include the Time to Change campaign that challenges the stigma surrounding mental health.

Further details on the event and how you can secure your place can be found on the Champs website in due course.
If you have any questions in the meantime please contact Helen Unsworth, Champs Project Officer   0151 666 5123
Visit for further details on the “NO MORE” Zero Suicide Strategy for Cheshire and Merseyside.

Children and Young People's Mental Health & Wellbeing Report

Champs Public Health Collaborative commissioned LJMU Public Health Intelligence Team in August 2015 to provide a report on Children and Young People’s Mental Health. .
The report had the following aims:
  1. To provide updated information and data of local and national profiles relating to promoting, preventing and early interventions for children and young people's mental health and wellbeing.
  2. To provide a framework for a collaborative children and young people’s mental health plan for promoting resilience, prevention and early intervention.
The evidence-base and benchmarking framework provides the basis for a Sector Led Improvement approach to support improved outcomes for children and young people’s mental wellbeing in C&M.

View the report here

Champs Public Health Collaborative News

"Be a Lover not a Fighter" Domestic Abuse campaign to launch phase 2 in New Year


Following on from the highly successful Domestic Abuse awareness raising campaign ‘Be a Lover not a Fighter’ that launched in February this year, the second phase of the campaign, with a focus on the impact on children, will launch in the New Year seeing a number of other public health teams from across the North West coming on board.
Along with seven of the nine Cheshire and Merseyside Local Authorities (Liverpool, Knowsley, Wirral, St Helens, Cheshire West and Chester, Sefton and Halton), public health teams from Preston, Burnley, Lancaster, Blackburn and Darwen and Blackpool will be rolling out the campaign across their communities.
The ‘Be a Lover not a Fighter’ campaign, which was shortlisted for a Northern Marketing Award, achieved impressive results during the initial phase, which saw engagement across the whole of Cheshire and Merseyside.
The final report document on phase one can be viewed on the Champs website.
In order to build on the positive impact and successes of phase one, revised creatives are in development and key stakeholders are being contacted to ensure that all teams participating in the campaign early next year are aware of the activity taking place in their communities. 

Updates will be brought to you in future bulletins and news on the progress of the campaign can be found on the Champs website. 

Champs Intelligence Network releases two reports

LPHO rapid evidence review of air quality impacts on health

Liverpool Public Health Observatory (LPHO) was commissioned by the Merseyside Directors of Public Health, through the Cheshire & Merseyside Public Health Intelligence Network, to produce this rapid evidence review. This review presents the evidence on the effectiveness of local interventions to tackle outdoor air pollution, involving demonstrable impacts on health and health service use.
Click here to view and download the document.
Liverpool John Moores University Addiction to medicines report
LJMU recently produced a research report on behalf of Champs Public Health Collaborative, regarding addiction to medicines.
The work was scoped and supported by the St Helens public health team and provides new information around the management of this complex issue.
A number of St Helens, Sefton &  Knowsley primary care and pharmacy colleagues were also interviewed for the report.

Click here to view and download the document. 

CPD & Events News

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

Dry January PR Toolkit is now available

Dry January aims to encourage people to take a break from alcohol in the month of January, and in doing so give their body a rest and themselves a chance to assess their drinking habits. It will point people to sign up to Alcohol Concern’s Dry January programme as one way of participating.

You can find more information for Dry January on the Dry January website.

View the PHE Dry January PR toolkit.


Stay Well This Winter 

A joint national initiative from NHS England and Public Health England called Stay Well This Winter, will start in October to help people aged 65 or over, those with long-term health conditions, pregnant women and parents of children aged two, three and four and in school years 1 and 2 stay well this winter.

The campaign aims to help those that are most vulnerable to falling seriously ill with winter ailments avoid needing hospital treatment by providing simple advice to protect them. Advice includes:

  • Getting a flu vaccination
  • Heat your home to at least 18 degrees C (65f), if you can
  • Seeking immediate advice and help from a pharmacist as soon as they feel unwell, before it gets too serious
  • Keeping an eye on elderly or frail friends, neighbours and relatives
  • Getting prescriptions before Christmas Eve
  • Take your prescribed medicines as directed.

Sign up to the Stay Well This Winter e-mail updates to receive campaign updates.

Change4Life Sugar Smarts 2016 resources now available. 

The Change4Life healthy eating resources to support January's Sugar Smart campaign are now available on the PHE Campaign Resource Centre (CRC) for you to download and help you promote the campaign in your local area.

Web banners, still adverts for TVs/screensavers, an A4 poster, an email signature, and out of home advertising that can be used on local bus stops are available and a printable event banner can be used to support local events.

Visit the CRC here

Visit the Change4Life website here 


Local CCG's invited to take part in NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme 

West Cheshire and Vale Royal CCG’s along with Sefton Council with Southport and Formby and South Sefton CCG’s have been invited to take part in the first wave of the roll out of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. It is anticipated that the programme will roll out over a 3 to 4 year period with complete coverage across England from 2018/19 or 2019/20.

NHS England are currently procuring a number of national providers who will then deliver an agreed number of high intensity behavioural interventions as part of a pathway approach.

First wave sites have been selected based on having an infrastructure in place to enable referrals to the new intervention from early 2016. Referrals are likely to come from GP registers and NHS Health Checks.

Learn more about the programme here.

Christmas greetings from the Directors of Public Health

The Directors of Public Health would like to wish all colleagues a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year. 


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