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Professor Sir Michael Marmot; Mel Sirotkin, Centre Director of Public Health England, North West and Professor Margaret Whitehead, W.H. Duncan Professor of Public Health, University of Liverpool, at the masterclass.
“They are trying to improve lives to save lives. They are acting on the social determinants of health.”
He also told the masterclass audience: “We do have a toxin in the UK population – it’s social disadvantage.
I think we can make a difference. I think we have a moral duty to. The average person in Britain is not doing as well as he or she might.”
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan said: “It is fantastic to have achieved the Marmot Partnership Status. Our partnerships with health and social care organisations have been extremely important in helping us to target those most at risk from fire.
“Prevention work in our communities has been valuable in helping to keep vulnerable people safe from fire in their homes.
“We also recognise that there is so much more we could do when we cross the threshold of a vulnerable person’s home and we are really excited about the evolution of our Home Fire Safety Check into something even more beneficial to the communities we serve.
“Our prevention work has already proven to be incredibly valuable in helping to keep vulnerable people safe from fire.
“Over the past decade we have significantly reduced the number of accidental fire deaths and injuries in homes across Merseyside.”
The Marmot Partnership was awarded to Merseyside, West Midlands Fire Service and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service in recognition of their work to improve the social circumstances and health of individuals living in their communities. This work has been done in close collaboration with the UCL Institute of Health Equity and followed the evidence on how to reduce health inequalities by taking action on the social determinants of health improving the conditions in which people are born, live, work, grow and age. The evidence was laid out in the 2010 British government -commissioned review of health inequalities in England, Fair Society, Healthy Lives, chaired by Professor Sir Michael Marmot.
Sir Michael told the masterclass, held before the official presentation of the Marmot Partnership Status award, why he had chosen to come to Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service. He said: “Why Merseyside? What you can see here is changing things at a very local level.
Mel Sirotkin, Centre Director of Public Health England, North West, speaks to the audience during the masterclass. Professor Margaret Whitehead, W.H. Duncan Professor of Public Health, University of Liverpool, sits next to her.
Photos: Karl Mansfield.
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Deputy Chief Phil Garrigan speaking to journalists during the press conference announcing the Marmot Partnership Status award.


































































































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