OHID Northwest Webinar Programme

This is a temporary digital solution to host recordings of OHID Northwest Webinars in partnership with HEE North West, specifically the North West Population Health & prevention network. Pages will be developed to include more information about the work of OHID Northwest Health & Wellbeing team including, key resources, information regarding upcoming events, agendas and minutes of meetings, presentations and recordings.

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) is part of the Department of Health and Social Care.  We focus on improving the nation’s health so that everyone can expect to live more of life in good health, and on levelling up health disparities to break the link between background and prospects for a healthy life. OHID supports the delivery of national and regional priorities for prevention and health inequalities and ensuring a joined-up approach to public health, building strong interfaces with different teams and areas of public health across the regional system.

OHID Northwest works with Local Authority Public Health Teams and other departments, NHS partners, other government departments in the north west and third sector organisations to address the health and wellbeing and health disparities across the north west.  This is achieved by sharing information, providing support and acting as an interface between national policy teams and local delivery.  We support a number of networks and frequently deliver webinars on key health inequalities issues in particular, drawing in nationally renowned researchers, key national personnel and examples of local delivery.  

To contact the team email NWHWB@dhsc.gov.uk


State of Healthy Ageing in North West 2022 report.

Read the full report here.


Spotlight on Breastfeeding in the North West - 10/07/2023

About the event:

An opportunity to focus on Breastfeeding in the North West and provide information to support Place and Sub Regional development of Breastfeeding Plans.


  • To understand the breastfeeding position in the North West, from both a data and policy perspective.
  • To explore marketing and campaign materials which can be used to enhance local promotion.
  • To acknowledge the Start for Life and Family Hub framework for developing breastfeeding best practice
  • To recognise what works for mums/parents.

Watch the recording here

Public Health Online Taster Session 23/05/2023

Who is this for?

This event is specifically for those interested in applying for Public Health Speciality Training.

What is the format of the event?

A short introduction to Public Health presentation followed by the following topics:

  • A day in the life of a Public Health Speciality Registrar
  • Health Protection with UKHSA
  • Public Health in a Local Authority
  • Applying for  Public Health Speciality Training
  • Q&A

Click here to watch the recording of the session.

Let’s Talk About the Healthy Start Scheme – Collaborative Event 02/05/2023

How can we work together and encourage uptake of the Healthy Start Scheme in the North West?

The aim of this session was to provide a collaborative and supportive opportunity to bring the workforce together and explore how we can collectively, using local resources and networks, improve the uptake of the Healthy Start scheme across all eligible families and communities.


  • To increase uptake of and support local promotion of the Healthy Start scheme
  • To share the learning and connect colleagues
  • To explore opportunities for how the data can be used locally to target areas of low uptake.


Strategic welcome: Addressing Health Inequalities

Office of Health Improvement and Disparities: Overview of Healthy Start Scheme and Data

Sustain – Headlines: Healthy Start Network and Healthy Start Mapping.

System working: Examples from across the Region, including Blackpool, Liverpool, and Greater Manchester

Collaboration: An opportunity for discussion and learning.

Watch the full webinar here.

Tackling Loneliness & Social Isolation amongst Older People Webinar 14/02/2023

Loneliness and social isolation can have a serious impact on older people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, increasing the likelihood of early death by 26%. Many older people live alone now which can also lead to loneliness and social isolation. Social isolation in particular is associated with depression, the most common mental health condition in older people.

The webinar shared current learning and evidence on loneliness and social isolation, as well as providing insights and some case studies of local practice examples from the two region.

The webinar included:

  • the distinction between social isolation and loneliness and the differences in the literature/evidence base
  • how loneliness & social isolation impacts on social care demand
  • Impact upon older carers 
  • Insights into Bright Life: 5 year project testing approaches to social isolation

Speakers included:

  • Professor Christina R. Victor - Director, Institute of Health, Medicine and Environments, Brunel University London
  • Chris McClelland - Brightlife & Ageing Better Good Practice Mentor, Bright Life/Age UK Cheshire
  • James Austin - Great Get Together Campaign Manager, Jo Cox Foundation
  • Vicki Gould, Senior Public Health Strategy and Commissioning Manager, Oldham Council

You can watch the recording here.

Let's Talk About the Cost of Living Impact on Adults and Older Adults Webinar 08/11/22

This webinar provided a collaborative space for stakeholders to explore and identify the challenges and opportunities for interventions and activities to help adults and older adults make healthier lifestyle and efficient heating choices, especially if they are experiencing fuel and food poverty this winter.

Learning outcomes:
· Learn about the North-West evidence base in relation to fuel poverty and food insecurity and the population groups most likely affected.
· Explore resources and existing infrastructure already in existence across the North-West system and discuss preventive approaches to reducing the risks of fuel and food poverty.
· Identify gaps and explore how connectivity and participation at scale can make a difference
· Discuss supportive approaches and interventions during periods of crisis for vulnerable adults.
· Explore how culturally safe messages can be delivered to ensure stigma is removed.

• Setting the scene: Abdul Razaq, Director of Public Health, Blackburn with Darwen Council
• The impact of fuel poverty on adults and older adults, an analysis of data: Thomas Hennell, Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service, OHID NW
• The impact of fuel and food insecurity on vulnerable people: Jane Emery, The Trussell Trust
• The impact of Cost of Living crisis on Older Adults: Angela Bardon & Anne Oliver Age UK Lancashire
• A review- Local interventions in addressing food insecurity: Mella Moylan, OHID NW Health and Wellbeing Team
• Cumbria Warm Spots: Carol Stewart, Consultant for Health Inequalities, Cumbria Council
• Closing comments

Watch the full webinar here.

Health Equalities Assessment Tool (HEAT) Training Session 20/10/2022

Following the success of previous recent Health Equity Assessment Tool (HEAT) training, DHSC’s Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) North West collaborated with Health Education England (HEE) to produce further HEAT training.

The HEAT tool enables professionals to systematically identify and address health inequalities and equity in their work programmes or services.

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

Who is this for? The intended audience includes (but is not limited to):

  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Commissioners
  • ICSs
  • Public Health Teams
  • Wider Local Authority teams (Planning, education, housing etc)
  • Medical trainees
  • Providers
  • Public health Registrars
  • Screening and Immunisation teams
Let's Talk About Safe Sleep and Cold Homes, 04/10/22

This event explored and identified the challenges and opportunities for timely interventions and activities to help families make informed choices about safe sleep if they are experiencing fuel poverty this winter.

The agenda:

  • Setting the scene: NW Public Health
  • Safe Sleep, Cold Homes and Safeguarding: Sue Gunson, NW Regional Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children & Adults
  • The impact of fuel poverty on families and children, an analysis of data: Michelle Whittaker, Health and Wellbeing Programme Lead, Office of Health Improvement and Disparities.
  • Spotlight and Lived Experience Session: Lullaby Trust and examples from around the region. 
  • Call to Action

Watch the full recording here.

OHID NW: Public Health Taster Session 29/09/22

Public Health Taster Session – Recorded Webinar 22/09/22 & Slide Pack

Who is this for? This event is specifically for those interested in applying for the Public Health Specialist Registration Scheme.

A short introduction to Public Health presentation followed by the following topics:

  • A day in the life of a Public Health Specialist Registrar
  • Health Protection & Covid
  • Public Health in a Local Authority
  • Applying for the Public Health Specialist Registration Scheme
  • Q&A

Watch the full recording here and access the slides.

North Wales (east Area) Falls Webinar, 08/09/22

The North West region has some of highest rates of hospital admissions due to falls in people aged 65+ in England, with wide variation between local areas. Falls prevention is therefore a top priority in the North West. In this interactive session Joanne Davies, Head of Falls Prevention Services, and Sarah Kelly, Specialist Information Analyst, Informatics, at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board take people through the falls dashboard that they have developed. The dashboard is a result of joined up working across a number of departments and services and follows a patient’s pathway after hospital admission, and includes referrals into services and falls interventions. It is a highly effective tool which has led to a 97% increase in referrals to relevant services.

For any queries relating to this or healthy ageing in the North West please email Tasneem.Choudhri@dhsc.gov.uk

Watch the full webinar here.

Lets Talk About Food Poverty 01/03/22

Lets Talk About Food Poverty 01/03/22

Attendees had the opportunity to hear about work taking place across the North West and discuss the impact these workstreams are having on reducing the harm caused by Food Poverty. The session aimed to;
• Provide a national and regional overview of what is happening in relation to food poverty and share best practice examples over two webinar sessions.
• Present an opportunity to listen and take key information back to your organisation and to connect with others to progress shared agendas or practice.

Watch the Lets Talk About Food Poverty webinar here