The webinar programme is themed around the NHS Long Term Plan and continues to reflect the impacts of COVID-19 as in 2020 in recognition of the impact on existing health inequalities, but the focus has moved forwards in consideration of recovery and restoration opportunity. The webinar programme is central articulation of the networks commitment to supporting its member’s professional development.


Knowledge is Power, 14 September 2023

Healthcare is a knowledge intensive industry undergoing constant change with ever increasing demand and complexity of care. Effective knowledge management and knowledge services are business-critical, underpinning education, learning and decision-making for policy and practice.

We define Knowledge Management and Knowledge Mobilisation as a process where people use research, data, insight and the skills, experience or ideas from other people to help inform their work. It can underpin informed decision making at a systems level by tapping into what has been published and other people’s know-how.

In this webinar, we explored the role of knowledge management in future proofing our healthcare systems.

Access the certificate of attendance, agenda, presentations, and the recording.

Useful links

NHS Knowledge and library services

Knowledge Mobilisation Framework

Tools and Techniques for Mobilising Knowledge

How Behaviours and Environment Alter Your Genes: Epigenetics, The New Healthcare Frontier, 1st December 2022

Epigenetics is the study of how our behaviours and environment can cause changes that affect the way your genes work. Unlike genetic changes, epigenetic changes are reversible and do not change your DNA sequence, but they can change how your body reads a DNA sequence. This is a rapidly developing research field that is expected to unravel the complex interplay between genes and environmental exposures relevant for health and disease.

In this webinar, we discussed a number of fundamental issues related to our gene inheritance and explored how good genes get turned off and bad genes turned on.

Access the certificate of attendance, agenda, and the recording (please note, the presentation by Jessica Keen is unavailable on this recording and can be viewed here).

Presentations from the day

Lisa Dowell, Genomic Educator, North West GMSA
Genomics and the NHS Genomic Medicine Service Alliances

Jessica Keen Pharmacy Lead, North West GMSA 
Genomics Enabling Personalised Medicine

Waheeda Abbas, Midwifery Lead, North West GMSA
Epigenetics in Maternal Health

Monaza Choudry, Patient Experience and Equality Lead, North West GMSA
Genomics: Tackling Health Inequalities in the North West of England

Angela Douglas MBE Deputy Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England 
Genomics-beyond health-ethics and socio-legal dimensions

More than Medicine, Creative Health Solutions: Developing a Prevention and Protection Toolkit, 17th November 2022

This webinar highlighted the role of creative health interventions in transforming healthcare as we know it.

Participants discussed the need to address the long-term plan through an articulation of truly personalised care opportunity and an increased focus on prevention. 

Access the certificate of attendance, agenda, and the recording.

Presentations from the day

Victoria Hume, Executive Director Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance
Creative Health: From Surviving to Thriving

Lorna Greenwood, Head of Scalability Breathe Arts Health Research
Cross Sector Working Pays Dividends - Lorna's presentation can be viewed in the recording, and you can read more about Breathe Arts Health Research here.

Lisa Creagh, Photographer and Campaigner 
The Holding Time Project

Daphne Cushnie, Neurological Physiotherapist and Specialist in Dance for Neurodegenerative Conditions and Susie Tate, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Trust (NCIC), Healing Arts Lead
Dance for Health - A Synethized Approach

Karen Irwin, North West Director Live Music Now, lead lullaby musician Georgina Aasgaard with Dr Kerry Wilson Head, of Research Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC) 
Lullaby - A Listening Project


Sustainability & Public Health: How We Get There, 21st September 2022

The session explored what sustainability in a public health context means, what it looks like and how can it be achieved.

In this webinar, participants looked at how to implement a sustainable development agenda in the heart of population health. It explored what we mean by sustainable development and highlight how public health policy and practice are intertwined.

Access the presentation here, certificate of attendance, agenda and watch the recording from the event here.

2022/23 A Quick Guide to the New Public Health System & Health Inequalities - 6th July 2022

There have been a lot of changes in the public health landscape in the last 15 months. This session will maps out these changes and outlines what they mean for a Northwest workforce focused on prevention.  

Access the agendacertificate of attendance and recording.

Presentations from the day

Michelle Halfpenny, Health & Wellbeing Programme Manager
Rebecca Wagstaff, Deputy Director Health & Wellbeing & Workforce Development Lead
Rachael Gosling, Consultant in Public Health
PART 1: An Introduction to the New Public Health System

Steve Morton, Health & Wellbeing Programme Manager
Rachael Gosling, Consultant in Public Health
PART 2: A Focus on Health Inequalities

2022/23 Violence Risk Reduction – 19th May 2022

Our Violence Risk Reduction webinar explored what a public health approach looks like in relation to violence reduction.

We profiled three violence reduction partnerships in the North West: Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Lancashire and South Cumbria. All share common features: a life course approach starting pre-conception, a commitment to addressing the wider determinant of violence and a focus on innovation to provide positive alternatives to support people to find purpose and ‘inclusion’.

Access the agendacertificate of attendance and recording.

Presentations from the day

Andrew Bennett Public Health Lead Merseyside Violent Crime Partnership
A Public Health Approach to Serious Youth Violence

Dave Oldfield Chief Inspector & Operational Lead Lancashire Violence Reduction Network
Violence Reduction

Dr Rachel Jenner Clinical Lead Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit
Violence Reduction - The Health Perspective


Further resources

Further resources that were discussed on the day can be found here, along with contact details for each violence reduction partnership.

2022/23 Access to Justice as a Public Health Issue – 24th March 2022

For our next webinar in the series, Access to Justice, we were joined by some exciting speakers.

Access the agendacertificate of attendance and recording.


Presentations from the day

Professor Dame Hazel Genn, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies in the Faculty of Laws at UCL, and Director of the UCL Centre for Access to Justice
Access to Justice as a Public Health Issue

Anna Barnish, Health Manager Wirral CAB Social Prescribing Scheme
Addressing Health Inequalities & Access to Justice

Laura Arrowsmith Maternity Action and the Cheshire and Merseyside’s Women’s Health and Maternity Partnership (WHaM)
Maternity Health Justice Partnerships: Tackling Wider Determinants

Dr James Organ and Dr Jennifer Sigafoo, Senior Lecturers in Law at the University of Liverpool, School of Law and Social Justice
Liverpool Access to Justice Project – What a Difference Access to Advice Makes

2022/23 Women’s Health Matters - 8th March 2022

The 2022/23 NWPHPN webinar programme opened with a collaboration on Women’s Health Matters, on the first anniversary of the first ever call for evidence by the Department for Health and Social Care (DfHSC) to inform the development of England’s first Women’s Health Strategy. 

This webinar was delivered in collaboration with the Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s Health and Maternity (WHaM) programme and marked International Women’s Day. The theme for International Women's Day 2022 was appropriately #BreakTheBias: “Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.” 

Access the agendacertificate of attendance and recordings.

Presentations from the day
Dr Mary Ann Stephenson, Director Women’s Budget Group
Social Determinants of Health

2021/22 Population Health Management to Address Alcohol Harm - Back to Basics - 26th October 2021

We ran our third NWPHN webinar, Alcohol Harm-Back to Basics, which was delivered in collaboration with Alcohol Concern and their ambassador Susan Laurie who framed this event with a very personal story.

Some of the topics discussd were:- How do we respond to people living with alcohol addiction as healthcare professionals looking to do no harm? Why do continue to label people for their addiction and not recognise disease? How can this sometimes undermine compassion and good care? 

Access the agendacertificate of attendance and recordings.

Presentations from the day

Susan Laurie, Alcohol Concern Ambassador

A Small Change in Attitude Could Have a Big Impact on Outcomes

Dr Sam Wright, Department of Sociology​, Manchester Metropolitan University

Alcohol and health harms: stigma and health inequalities

2021/22 Webinar 2: A Behaviour Change Development Framework & Covid Recovery- 5th October 2021

Make Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change which uses the millions of everyday encounters and interactions that we have with each other to support people in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. MECC is a well-established but constantly changing arena. This session supported the exploration of developments in relation to a new behaviour change development framework and provided a spotlight on MECC Link; as well as posing some key questions about ‘what does an effective workforce development approach “look like” if we are to build in sustainability. The session was led by national and regional experts and included case studies and discussion.

Access the agendacertificate of attendance and videos from the day.

Presentations from the day

Em Rahman
HEE Head of Public Health Workforce Development Wessex


Phil Godfrey
HEE Wessex Public Health Development Manager

Caroline Holtom
Public Health England

2021/22 Webinar 1: Building Back Fairer - what has COVID 19 taught us? - 21st September 2021

The 10 Years On Review, #Marmot 2020, confirmed a widening of already gaping health inequalities and set out the cost to society of these avoidable and preventable health inequities.

The report said:

• Some people can expect to experience more of their lives in poor health;
• Life expectancy has stalled
• There has been a stark decline in life expectancy for the poorest 10% of women;
• Life expectancy gaps between the rich and poor have increased and
• Place matters, especially when it’s bad for your health.

Then COVID -19 came along and further amplified these existing health inequalities and the repercussions in the North were particularly acute.

We were delighted to welcome Dr Tammy Boyce, co-author 10 years On and Hannah Davies from the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) who lead a stimulating discussion, supporting reflection on the scale of this problem, highlighting particular impacts in the North of England whilst looking to address these inequalities and finding solutions to build back better. 

Access the agendacertificate of attendance and recordings here.

Presentations from the day

Dr Tammy Boyce co-author the Marmot Review and senior research associate at the Institute of Health Equity, based at University College London

Building Back Fairer in the North West

Hannah Davies Head of External and Public Affairs the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA)

In November 2020 the NHSA produced the Northern Powerhouse and COVID -19 report. This report helped spotlight the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 and the underlying inequality that has helped to fuel this high impact on the most vulnerable in society. Ten months on the update is here it is an urgent read Hannah will draw out key points.

Dr Sophie Wickham, Welcome Trust Research Fellow Department of Public Health, Policy and Systems the University of Liverpool

How have welfare changes impacted on mental health, on poverty and what has this meant for our children since 2010? Sophie will share insights in to the forthcoming NHSA Child of the North report and call for action.

Webinar 1: Tackling Domestic Violence In a Pandemic - 28th July 2020

This session is one of a series of Health Education England (HEE) COVID themed webinars during 2020. This webinar is led by NHSE’s safeguarding lead Kenny Gibson and Amanda McDonough Associate Director of Nursing and Midwifery for Safeguarding, Liverpool Women’s Hospital and the Cheshire and Merseyside’s Women and Children’s Partnership. Alison Potter HEE’s Technology and Enhanced Learning Lead supported the session.

Access the agendarecordingcertificate of attendance and supporting document.

Presentations from the day

Safeguarding and NHSE

Kenny Gibson, NHS England Safeguarding Lead

The HEE safeguarding overview: resources, toolkits and awards with a focus on Level 3 and level 4 safeguarding (adults) learning resources 

Alison Potter HEE, Technology Enhanced Learning Lead

Domestic Abuse - a pandemic within a pandemic

Amanda McDonough, Safety and Safeguarding Lead Cheshire & Merseyside Local MaternitySystem, Associate Director of Nursing & Midwifery for Safeguarding: Liverpool Women’s NHSFoundation Trust (LWH)

Webinar 2: Gambling and Covid 19 - A game changer - 29th September 2020

This session is the second of a series of Health Education England (HEE) COVID themed webinars during 2020. This webinar brings together both regional and national experts. It includes representation from the Gambling Health Alliance’s (GHA) Senior Policy and Communications Executive at the Royal Society for Public Health and Gambling Health Alliance Lead Louisa Mason, James Callaway Citizens Advice Gambling Support Service North West Trainer and John McCracken Gamble Aware National Gambling Treatment Service Director of Commissioning.

Access the agendarecordingcertificate of attendance and supporting document here.

Presentations from the day

Louisa Mason Gambling Health Alliance (GHA)

Senior Policy and Communications Executive at the Royal Society for Public Health and Gambling Health Alliance Lead

A thought-provoking analysis of the current gambling context underpinned by research; coupled with a compelling argument for the need for collaboration to combat gambling spread and harm.

James Callaway Citizens Advice

Gambling Support Service North West Trainer

An inspirational insight into the frontline training offer with a facilitator who is absolutely committed to making everyone aware of why and how gambling does so much harm.

John McCracken Gamble Aware

National Gambling Treatment Service Director of Commissioning

An exploration of the treatment gap and treatment need – a classic case of hidden in plain sight; the support currently available, and how to make referrals.

Webinar 3: Social prescribing - Innovative responses to COVID-19 - 20th October 2020

This session is the third of a series of Health Education England (HEE) COVID 19 themed webinars during 2020. This webinar brings together both regional, national and international experts. This resource provides a context for the development and expansion of green social prescribing and includes a spotlight on the National Outdoors for All Working Group (NOfAWG) and the Green social prescribing Shared Investment Treasury Fund.

Access the agendarecordingcertificate of attendance and supporting document.

Access the webinar read out and slides from 'Preventing and tackling mental ill health through green social prescribing' on the 14th October 2020.

Presentations from the day

Green Social Prescribing in Practice
Anna Da Silva

Preventing and tackling mental ill health through green social prescribing
Jo Ward

Social prescribing – innovative responses to Covid 19 Green Prescriptions
Dr William Bird

Advantage accumulates
Catherine McClennan

Webinar 4: Health literacy – engaging citizens for good - 18th November 2020

This session is the fourth of a series of Health Education England (HEE) COVID 19 themed webinars during 2020. This webinar discussed how health literacy enables people to develop the skills and confidence to make informed decisions about their health. It questioned why health literacy is key to supporting people to be active partners in their own care, to effectively navigate health-care systems, and to advocate effectively to their political leaders and policymakers.

Access the agenda and certificate of attendance here.

Presentations from the day

Jonathan Berry Personalisation and Control Specialist NHSE&I with Dr Ruth Carlyle HEE Head of Library and Knowledge Services – East of England and Midlands

An online, experiential masterclass delivered jointly by Jonathan and Ruth to help delegates understand just how individual and systemic responsibility interface in a health literacy arena and why it is a bedrock for population health management. Delegates will come away with a detailed understanding of what effective health literacy is, gain an insight into practical techniques to support health literacy like ‘teach back’ and discover a myriad of useful resources to translate this learning in to practice.


Sorrelle Clements Service Development Manager Coventry Libraries and National Public Libraries Health Group with: -
Stella Thebridge Principal Librarian, Warwickshire Schools’ Library Service Chair: The Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL)

Health by Stealth – Libraries building Health Literacy
If you have ever wondered what contributions local library services actually make to building health literacy in their communities and beyond you won’t
be under any illusions after this presentation. Packed with practical examples of good practice coupled with a detailed understanding of the treasure house of resources libraries represent-it is a must for anyone
interested in developing and delivering a prevention and health management agenda in the heart of communities.

Webinar 5: Loneliness - a conscious cognitive feeling of estrangement - 19th Jan 2021

This session is one of a series of Health Education England (HEE) COVID themed webinars during 2020. This webinar looked at the following themes; What is loneliness and why is it so devastating for people and society? Why do we assume it only impacts on older people?

Access the agendacertificate of attendance and workshop group comments here. 

Presentations from the day

Experiences of loneliness during childhood and adolescence
Professor Pamela Qualter: Psychology for Education, Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester.

Tackling Loneliness during Covid & beyond
Olivia Field, Head of Health and Resilience Policy the British Red Cross.

Social Isolation, Loneliness and Wellbeing across the Life Course and between Five British Birth Cohorts
Rosie Mansfield, Research Fellow, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL Social Research Institute.

Webinar 6: Stop the rot: Mouthcare matters - 17th March 2021

This session was the final in a series of Health Education England (HEE) COVID 19 related webinars from our 2020-21 season. The topic discussed why mouthcare is a major public health issue and why teeth are everyone’s business, if you are interested in public health.

Access the agenda and certificate of attendance here. If you would like access to the recordings, please contact us on phpn.northwest@hee.nhs.uk and we will WeTransfer the files to you.

Presentations from the day

Setting the scene: Oral health as a preventable population health issue!
Claire Stevens, CBE Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Chair of the Greater Manchester Managed Clinical Network, Consultant Paediatric Dentist University of Manchester

Local solutions in action - the role of Local Dental Networks and how they are supporting responses to COVID 19
Mohsan Ahmad, Chair GM Local Dental Network

Enhancing the Habit in a global pandemic- harnessing Health Visitors and early years practitioners to have better oral health conversations
Dr Peter Day, Consultant Paediatric Dentist University of Leeds

Why we need to change the conversation and start listening to our patients if we really want to change behaviours
Pamela Donaghy Binks, SCPHN-HV Senior Nurse Lecturer Nursing and Allied Health Liverpool John Moores