Welcome to the latest issue of the Champs news round up containing news, stories and informative updates from Champs Public Health Collaborative and the wider public health teams across Cheshire and Merseyside. 

Directors' news

The following key messages were highlighted at the Cheshire & Merseyside Directors of Public Health Board meeting that took place in July.

A maternity needs assessment will be done across C&M for the Merseyside CCG network. Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East data will also be included. 

Professor Jennie Popay from CLARHC North West gave an update on their work including their community resilience programme. In order that the wider system have a good understanding of CLARHC it was suggested a CPD event would be planned for 2016. 

Dr Mike Farrell ( Head of Education and Transformation)  from Health Education England North West provided an update on its core functions and the Local Workforce Education Group (LWEG). Funding is available for collaborative projects that meet key workforce and education needs.  There is an opportunity to ensure that public health features more strongly as part of projects. A paper has been sent to HENW outlining the workforce and education needs of the collaborative priorities in Cheshire and Merseyside with a view to accessing the funding. 

Mel Sirotkin (Centre Director – PHE North West)  presented a paper on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) with recommendations to support a reduction in antibiotic prescribing and these were approved by the CM DsPH. The CM DsPH requested that key actions were identified to deliver the agreed recommendations. 

Mel Sirotkin confirmed that Jane Rossini has been confirmed as Deputy Director of PHE North West.

The Cheshire & Merseyside Directors of Public Health respond to 'in year' cuts

The DsPH are considering their responses to the Department of Health consultation on the £200m cut to the public health budget. They will also be giving a collective statement to the Department of Health on how the cuts will impact public health.

High blood pressure news

’Cheshire and Merseyside cross-sector test bed for hypertension and atrial fibrillation (AF) detection and management’ team attend an NHS England Test Bed ‘Match Making’ event  

Members from the team (including members of the hypertension steering group, the CVD Strategic Clinical Network, and the North West Coast (NWC) Academic Health Sciences Network) attended an NHS England Test Bed ‘Match Making’ event at the Oval in London on 29th July 2015.

At the event, the 33 potential NHS Test Bed sites underwent a speed dating-style process to meet with key innovators from the 263 innovators who attended. Initial conversations were held to find the best set of partners to work with to achieve the Cheshire and Merseyside vision regarding high blood pressure and Atrial Fibrillation (AF).
The main focus of the innovations explored were around empowering the general population to ‘know their numbers’ regarding blood pressure and atrial fibrillation, to promote self-management where appropriate, to integrate data systems to enable a cross-sector approach , and supporting primary care to deliver best practice.  
Dr Mel Roche, High Blood Pressure Lead at the Champs Support Team said: ‘It was a fantastic day, and many exciting new contacts and potential partnerships were made. Over the coming weeks, the team will be meeting with several potential innovation partners to further explore how we might work together, and once partnerships are agreed,  a co-written bid to become a joint NHS/innovator test bed site will be submitted.’
This bid will be submitted late October. Updates and further information will be shared in future news round ups and on the Champs website.


Talks with Canada propel Champs high blood pressure team in right direction

The Cheshire and Merseyside Blood Pressure Steering Group recently held a teleconference with Dr Norm Campbell from The Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP).
Canada has achieved some impressive results in recent years with the identification, treatment and control of high blood pressure and Dr Norm Campbell discussed with participants the Pan-Canadian Program approach and its impact to date.
Sincere thanks were passed on to Dr Campbell following the call and the Steering Group all agreed how fortunate they are to be able to benefit from the expertise and lessons learned in Canada.

Warrington launch summer high blood pressure campaign

Warrington Council is encouraging residents to watch their blood pressure this summer and will be offering blood pressure checks at various community events over the course of the summer.
For further information click here



New look Champs website and 2015 -17 Business Plan launched

July saw the launch of the new look Champs Public Health Collaborative website and strategic business plan for 2015-17

Have you had a look at the new look Champs website yet? Click here to take a look.

The  strategic business plan  is available to view on the website. It sets out the Collaborative and its priorities in more detail.

Champs CPD & events news

Save the date - NO MORE – suicide prevention event in Cheshire & Merseyside

Thursday 10th September 2015, Warrington.

This event, hosted jointly by Champs Public Health Collaborative and Mersey Care NHS Trust, will see the launch of the Cheshire & Merseyside NO MORE zero suicide strategy and the Mersey Care local suicide prevention strategy and programme of work.
Taking place on World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September, the event aims to inform stakeholders of the bold vision to eliminate suicide in Cheshire & Merseyside 
Learn more about the event, and how to register here.


Health Education North West Event - Registration now open.

Integrated Care Showcase – Tuesday 3rd November 2015, Bolton


The event will focus on:
  • Showcasing the outputs of HENW’s Integrated Care Workforce Demonstrator sites
  • Devo Manc: Developing the workforce strategy
  • North West Vanguards: Key workforce challenges and progress to date
To register your place to attend the Integrated Care Showcase please complete the online booking
Please note you will need to register choices for the workshops - see schedule.  

Further details can be found on the Champs website.

Domestic Abuse - It's Everyone's Business 
Post Event Evaluation   

Champs Public Health Collaborative welcomed over 100 delegates at the ‘Domestic Abuse – It’s everyone’s business’ North West event that took place at FACT in Liverpool city centre on June 18th.

The event aimed to raise awareness of domestic abuse as a key issue for all sectors and to strengthen the potential for connecting to tackle it. A campaign report and video were presented at the event showcasing the success of the recent 'Be a Lover not a Fighter' campaign.

Feedback received following the event, confirmed that 91% of respondents rated the event good or very good, with no-one selecting poor or very poor. 
Similar numbers felt that the event raised awareness of domestic abuse as a key issue for all sectors and to strengthen the potential for connecting to tackle it (91%) along with highlighting the results of a collaborative Public Health campaign approach, ‘Be a Lover not a Fighter’ (94%).
On the whole, most respondents felt that they had learnt a lot (83%) and were stimulated by the event (94%) and the majority of respondents (64%) indicated that they will change/modify their practice as a result of their attendance at the event.

Presentations and a video from the event can be found here:


Save the Date - Working with Young People: Self-harm and Suicide

A local, multi-disciplinary approach to supporting children and young people in Cheshire and Merseyside

October 7th, 12.30 - 4.45pm, The Centre, Birchwood Park near Warrington.
To reserve your place please contact STORM Skills Training: email:
Click here for more details.

Save the Date -Surviving Domestic Abuse: Stories, Services and Solutions, Mankind

Wednesday 18 November 2015, Doncaster

The conference aims to raise awareness of the needs of male victims of domestic abuse and their children.

Click here for more detail. 


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

Smoke Free Summer Launched


Tobacco Free Futures (TFF), a service commissioned by the Cheshire & Merseyside Directors of Public Health, has launched the new Smokefree Summer campaign.
Click here for more details.

PHE Publishes Annual Plan

PHE published, last week, their Annual Plan which complements the NHS 5 Year Forward View and the seven priorities PHE set out last autumn in From Evidence into Action – both of which call for a far greater focus on prevention: investing in public health saves lives and money.

Click here to read the plan

A Systematic Review - e-cigs may help smokers stop or reduce smoking

A recent useful review of current evidence around e-cigarettes is now available to view on the Champs website.
Click here to view.

Liverpool Public Health team welcomes Alexis

Everyone at Champs would like to welcome Alexis Macherianakis, a Consultant in Health Care Public Health at Liverpool City Council, to the team. Alexis is taking over from Paula Parvulescu, who is now on maternity leave.
Alexis  is a public health physician with over 8 years  experience as a consultant, working across many  domains of public health practice. He is also qualified in paediatrics having worked in a wide range of settings including primary care, A&E, community, neonatal and hospital paediatrics.
Contact Alexis on:

TFF - Anti-Tobacco Industry Training Programme - Call to Action

Tobacco Free Futures (TFF) has been commissioned to deliver an anti-tobacco industry programme to educate young people about tobacco industry practices.  

The training programme has been devised to help youth workers, volunteers and staff working with young people use the Smoke & Mirrors Programme to stamp out smoking. 
Four places have been allocated to each locality in Cheshire & Merseyside and TFF are looking for assistance in identifying suitable participants. 

To learn more visit the Champs website.

800km, over 66k feet, 7 days and over £3000 raised – Cycle the Alps Challenge Complete

Helen Cartwright, Head of Commissioning and Mobilisation at the Champs Support Team, and her husband Simon, successfully completed the mammoth Cycle the Alps challenge in June.

The pair took on the grueling 7-day challenge that saw them cross 17 mountains on their journey from Geneva to Nice to help raise awareness of suicide prevention and the work of the charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

You can still donate to this worthy cause via the just giving page:

Helen would like to thank those who donated for their support.

You can read Helen and Simon’s blog about the challenge here.

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