Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance

This project is funded by Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance.

Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance brings together organisations, patients and others affected by cancer to drive improvements in clinical outcomes and patients’ experience of the care and treatment they receive. We work closely with cancer services and people affected by cancer to achieve:

CMCA is responsible for cancer performance, quality and outcomes across Cheshire and Merseyside. The Alliance collaborates with NHS colleagues, and partners in the third sector across Cheshire and Merseyside to champion and enable new approaches to delivering cancer services and care. The Strategic Overweight and Obesity project and sits within the Cancer Alliance’s wider ‘prevention programme’.

Health Equalities Group

The project is being implemented by public health charity Health Equalities Group (HEG) after a competitive tender process in early 2022. HEG has specific expertise in the field of obesity and healthy weight through its Food Active programme.

Set up in 2013 by the North West Directors of Public Health, a ‘North West Obesity Task Force’ was officially launched as Food Active in 2014. Taking an upstream prevention approach to addressing healthier weight, the programme focusses on advocacy, targeted campaigns, research and strategic partnerships to drive forward policy calls. Food Active is commissioned by local authority public health teams, NHS organisations, ICB’s and OHID teams at regional level.

Matthew Philpott, Executive Director for Health Equalities Group, said: 

“We are excited to be working with Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance on this ground-breaking project addressing overweight and obesity in Cheshire and Merseyside.

"We know that taking a system-wide approach to lowering levels of overweight and obesity is essential if we are to make any significant progress on this critical agenda. Therefore, we will ensure that a wide range of stakeholders are engaged through the project, including the voices of voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations and the private sector, along with patients and local populations.”