People are living longer, but one in five adults still smoke.
A third of people drink too much alcohol. A third of men and half of women don’t get enough exercise.
Almost two thirds of adults are overweight or obese.
As a result, there is a rising burden on health and care services driven by our lifestyles, deprivation and other social and economic influences.
Improving population health/prevention is a key part of the work of our Partnership. Following the call for a radical upgrade in prevention and public health in the Five Year Forward View, it is recognised that preventing illness is one of the ways to ensure the NHS remain sustainable in the future.
Our three prevention priorities are high blood pressure, alcohol harm and anti-microbial resistance and action plans are now in place to tackle these priorities, led by individual Boards.
High blood pressure is Cheshire and Merseyside’s most common condition and risk factor for Cardio Vascular Disease including heart attacks and stroke. Alcohol harm has been identified by all health and wellbeing boards as a priority and anti-microbial resistance is Public Health England’s highest priority and is of global importance.
There have been some great achievements so far in terms of key priorities. You can read more about the latest updates pdf here (1.38 MB) .
To make sure we consistently tackle these issues across Cheshire and Merseyside, a framework for prevention has been developed. You can view the framework pdf here (1.81 MB) .
The lead for this programme is Jon Develing.
Make Every Contact Count (MECC)
MECC is about encouraging and helping people to make healthier choices to achieve positive long-term behaviour change. All our organisations can help support this through the contacts they have with individuals. Our Partnership is making sure all organisations pledge their commitment to MECC and provide their staff with the training and development they need. Read more about MECC pdf here (260 KB)