Working collaboratively, HEG has developed and implemented policy and guidance. Examples include the Merseyside Food Charter, which recognises the important contribution that food service providers such as pubs, cafés, restaurants, schools and workplace canteens can make to diet and health; Breathing Space, which aims to protect community staff from secondhand smoke (formerly the Merseyside Charter) and the Play Smokefree voluntary code introduced in local parks throughout Cheshire and Merseyside.
HEG is supporting local hospitals to implement the Smoking cessation in secondary care: acute, maternity and mental health services: NICE guidance. Key to the progress that has been made is the development of multiple partnerships within hospitals; across multi-trust health parks, within cities and across the sub-region. Collaborative work with a wide range of partners including Chief Executives and board members; doctors, nurses and pharmacists; porters, cleaners and security staff and patients and carers across the sub-region provides insight into the difficulties and barriers that trusts face. HEG has developed self-appraisal toolkits and publicity materials and shared knowhow, written policies and approaches in support of the NICE guidance.
HEG staff have been members of NICE expert groups and many local, national and international expert policy groups.
Making sense of policy and legislation can be difficult. We can work with you to translate policy into practical action and develop and disseminate policy and guidance.