We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the 2.7 million population of Cheshire and Merseyside and creating a strong, safe and sustainable health and care system fit for the future. To achieve this, we are delivering a number of high-quality and diverse programmes of work.
Cheshire and Merseyside is already one of the leading regions in the country in terms of harnessing technology to tackle challenges and improve patient care. We are already starting to improve the health and wellbeing of the local population thanks to the implementation of an electronic shared health and care record – the ‘Share2Care e-Xchange’.
In 2021, the Institute of Health Equity (IHE) was commissioned by Champs: Public Health Collaborative and the Population Health Board of the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership to support work to reduce health inequalities through action on the social determinants of health and to Build Back Fairer from Covid-19.
The aim of the Pathology Network is to consolidate pathology services across the footprint, by bringing together six NHS trusts (eight organisations in total) to work collaboratively to ensure delivery of a regional pathology service fit for the future, whilst addressing the significant demand and delivery for services in a financially challenging time.
Despite improvements in life expectancy, the region remains below the England average. Furthermore, within Cheshire and Merseyside, as with the rest of England, there is a social gradient in health – the lower a person’s socioeconomic position, the worse his or her health. To reduce these health inequalities within Cheshire and Merseyside, there is considerable work to be done to improve the health of our population.