Sefton has scooped a top health award for its work in improving air quality across the borough.

Sefton Council and NHS Sefton recently submitted a joint entry for the Healthy Environment category of the North West Public Health Awards 2012.

 Their entry, Improving Health Through Air Quality, has just been announced as the overall winner in the category at an awards ceremony held in Manchester.

 Improving Health Through Air Quality looked at partnership ways of improving air quality in declared Air Quality Management Areas. The submitted entry highlighted how regular road and pavement cleaning, a dust management plan and traffic management plans to improve the flow of lorries from the Port of Liverpool has helped reduce air pollution in the south of the borough.

 The entry showed how partnership working between Sefton Council and NHS Sefton has made a real impact in making healthy environments.

 Cabinet Member Communities and Environment, Cllr Trish Hardy, said: “We are delighted that the hard work between the local authority and NHS Sefton has been recognised through these awards.

 “Sefton has a long history of joint working to improve health through tackling air quality, as air pollution can really affect the wellbeing of local residents.”

  The North West Public Health Awards & Conference 2012 brought together more than 300 policy-makers and practitioners to explore innovative solutions for better health.

 The theme of the conference was ‘Sustainable Economies for Well-Being’: harnessing the knowledge and energy of all sectors to improve population health.

 Dr Janet Atherton, Director of Public Health in Sefton, added: “The award recognises the benefits of public health staff working closely with council colleagues to address important health issues. 

 “We hope to build on this type of work when the council takes over responsibility for public health in April.” 

 Kirstie Haines, Interim Director of the Greater Manchester Public Health Network, said: “Real innovation in public health often happens when different organisations and communities work together to address the needs of local people.

 “It is inspiring to see the vast range of initiatives that are making a positive contribution to the health of the public.”

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