Cheshire and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services have won a prestigious health award for their pioneering new scheme focusing on bowel cancer screening.

The two services’ Safe and Well visits have won a Healthcare Transformation Award in the category of Improving Cancer Outcomes, alongside their partners Public Health England, NHS England (Cheshire and Merseyside) and Cancer Research UK. 

Firefighters from the two services have regularly visited the homes of vulnerable people over 65 to give advice on fire safety for a number of years. But since February this year both services have partnered with the NHS to provide some health advice as well to try and reduce the number of emergency visits to hospital.