PHPN Team Monthly Update

Welcome to the November NWPHPN newsletter.

It has been another busy month for the Population Health & Prevention Network. Making Every Contact Count (MECC) as been a focus, as we hosted a MECC roundtable event with NHSE which had representation from across the North West exploring ICS current and future plans for MECC. As well as the roundtable we have shared the findings from the review ‘Making Every Contact Count (MECC) for the workforce supporting people with learning disabilities and autistic people.’ This review explored if the current MECC resources where fit for purpose to enable all staff to have effective MECC conversations with people living with learning disabilities and/or autistic people. We are now working with regions to see how to best implement these findings. It was great to also be able to attend the CHAMPS re-launch of MECC Moments as it is rolled out across Cheshire & Merseyside.


Thank you to all those who completed the Training Needs Survey we have seen a 50% increase of completion rates from last year. The results from the survey will shape what work we deliver over the next 12 months to ensure we are needs lead supporting our colleagues working within Public Health.


In early October we had an excellent joint webinar with OHID where Health Equity Assessment Tool (HEAT) training was delivered. On the day we had over 100 colleagues attend from across the system, you can find the slides and recording of the session on the NW Population Health & Prevention Network website.


We are currently working in partnership with the Behavioural Science & Public Health network to deliver a series of action learning sets for public health staff across the NW

The aim of the workshops is to build public health capacity & capability in the application of behavioural and social science approaches to address locally agreed public health priorities in each of our three ICS footprint areas.

The first session was delivered by Paul Chadwick – a renowned subject matter expert in behaviour change, Associate Professor,  University College London and Deputy Director, Centre for Behaviour Change.  20 of the 23 public health teams were able to participate on the day and a diverse range of public health projects discussed that could potentially be used to apply the learning to.

We look forward to the remaining sessions that will be delivered between now and March – culminating in a shared showcase event that will provide participants the opportunity to share their experience of the learning programme and interventions they planned together.

Further detail about the events and work to date is available here.  

Finally, we are saying goodbye Christina Thomson and Holly Miller who support the work of the PHPN as they move onto new roles in early December. They have both played a huge role in supporting the network and will be missed. We wish them luck and success for the future – your new organisations are lucky to have you! 


With the reduced capacity, we will be putting a temporary pause on our monthly newsletters. The network will send emails regarding events and or updates on an ad hoc basis.