Babies, Children & Young People

Cheshire & Merseyside is home to some of the leading clinical and research experts in maternal and child health.


The Public Health England, Child Health Profile for March 2019 shows the following:

  • Children and young people across the region experience higher levels of poor health and inequalities compared to the rest of the country.
  • Poor health outcomes and life chances result from poverty and reduced quality of life, including living conditions.
  • The MMR immunisation level does not meet the recommended coverage (95%). By age two, 93.0% of children have had one dose.
  • Dental health is worse than in England. 34.6% of 5-year-olds have one or more decayed, filled or missing teeth.
  • Levels of child obesity are worse than England. 11.8% of children in Reception and 22.9% of children in Year 6 are obese.
  • The rate of child inpatient admissions for mental health conditions at 86.6 per 100,000 is similar to England.
  • The rate for self-harm at 473.5 per 100,000 is worse than England.


  • Investing in early years services can improve health outcomes including early cognitive and non-cognitive development, social development, children’s readiness for school, later educational outcomes.
  • This is a crucial time when parents have contact with health and early years services before, and after, the birth of their child and are especially receptive to offers of advice.
  • Evidence suggests that disadvantage tracks forward to generate excess morbidity in adult life, reinforcing the need for a focus on maternal and child health.


To address the regional child health needs, the Starting Well programme will consult with partners to understand the health priorities for clinicians, academics and other stakeholders across the Cheshire & Merseyside region. To assist us in this consultation process, we are using an adapted Delphi-Method.

We will work with partners to:

    • Discover partners’ priorities
    • Educate partners in clearly defined areas
    • Improve partners’ collaborations in defined areas

A current example of partnership working is the ‘Children’s Health and Wellbeing’ programme which includes the Hugh Greenwood Children’s Fund which is now in its second year. The programme is based on providing funding for programmes and fellowships for partnership work between Alder Hey NHS Children’s Hospital, Liverpool Women’s Hospital and the University of Liverpool. For further information

Prof. Michael Beresford – Programme Director

Dr. Colin Morgan – Deputy Director

Dr. Carrie Hunt – Programme Manager

Tel: 07500 835435


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