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Implementing MECC at scale in Cheshire and Merseyside

15th January 2019

13 months ago, the North West Coast SCN and Cheshire and Merseyside Directors of Public Health agreed to jointly fund a full time post to ensure dedicated capacity to lead and implement MECC (Making Every Contact Count) at scale in Cheshire and Merseyside. Louise Vernon from the SCN was appointed to the role and seconded to the Champs Public Health Collaborative, where the post is hosted, in January 2018.

The Cheshire and Merseyside Directors of Public Health supported the early Cheshire and Merseyside Health Care Partnership submission with recommendations on key high level actions in relation to three priorities: alcohol harm, high blood pressure and anti-microbial resistance.

The Champs Public Health Collaborative Briefing entitled: The Public Health Contribution to the Cheshire and Merseyside Sustainability & Transformation Plan (October 2016) provides more in-depth information.

Following the formation of the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership Prevention Board, a further prevention priority of Physical Activity has been added as well as whole-system change enablers such as Making Every Contact Count and the new Cheshire and Merseyside Population Health Framework.

The framework sets out evidence-based guidelines partners can use to create a transformational and sustainable shift in the health and wellbeing of the Cheshire and Merseyside population.

Louise has recently provided a detailed progress update on the key workstreams to the Directors of Public Health, encouraging them to champion MECC in their localities and across the system. Watch this space for more information and, if you have any queries, please contact Louise Vernon at

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