What is the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership?

Our Partnership was established to confront the health and care challenges in Cheshire and Merseyside of population health, the quality of care, and increasing financial pressures.

The Partnership is not an organisation but a collection of organisations responsible for providing health and care services in Cheshire and Merseyside – the NHS, GPs, local councils and the community and voluntary sector – coming together to plan how best to deliver these services in future so that they meet the needs of local people, are high quality and are affordable.

Each year the Partnership agrees what are its priorities, how these will be delivered on and by whom. It has appointed a Board, made up of people from Partnership organisations, to make sure the work is done each year and to represent the views of organisations and communities.

The Partnership funds a small Executive team, working to the Board, to oversee the many programmes of work underway, facilitate the open and honest conversations that are necessary, help to build consensus and ensure that the business plan is delivered each year.


  • Organisations in our 9 places are working together to develop plans for to integrate care for the communities
  • £3.9m from a Transformation Fund has been allocated to places to deliver transformational change to how services are delivered
  • Until the Covid-19 pandemic hit us we were on track for actual and planned performance achieved as set out in the Financial Plan.
  • “CEP-Lite” developed to support places to achieve financial sustainability
  • Mental Health – we are committed to delivering the Mental Health Forward View including the investment standard
  • Cancer – we were (until the pandemic) achieving the 62 day waits standard; Cancer Alliance accredited with “trailblazer” status to accelerate transformation of cancer services. As part of our £9m National Cancer Transformation fund programme, we are focusing on delivering the National Cancer Strategy
  • During the early stages of the pandemic we moved quickly to a single PTL for Cancer
  • Primary Care Networks established and working together well through the pandemic crisis with much innovation and digitalisation
  • Urgent & Emergency – developing a Cheshire and Merseyside approach to Winter Planning in the context of Covid -19 for winter 2020
  • Learning Disabilities – reduced hospital admissions across Cheshire and Merseyside
  • Maternity – first in the country to launch personal maternity care budgets (PMCBs), piloted in Liverpool and then across Cheshire and Merseyside. The first of its kind nationally, we have opened a ‘pop up’ birthing centre, based at Seacombe Children’s Centre in Wirral.
  • We are implementing Make Every Contact Count to deliver the Prevention priorities of reduction in high blood pressure and reduction in harm from alcohol.
  • We have agreed a C&M population health framework and ‘how to’ guide
  • Created award winning ‘Beat the Scrum’ campaign
  • We are the North Region lead STP for the for PHE CVD Prevention programme and have 8 clinical ‘case for change’ pathways developed across C&M
  • We are now working hard to refresh our strategy across C&M as we address the impact on health inequalities from Covid-19