Last month, as part of my role in the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, I was delighted to host a health summit alongside Mayor Joe Anderson.
It was a chance for us to open a dialogue on health in our region and how it might need to change in the future, and it was great to see more than 200 local authority, health and community leaders in attendance.
There are some significant challenges facing us when it comes to tackling health in our region – we are, of course, dealing with intense financial pressures and that our Accident and Emergency Services are under great strain.
There are more than 1.5m people living in the city region and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that each and every one gets the best quality of care possible. It was great to start having those conversations to see how we can work better together to achieve this.