• Removing poverty’s toll on health

    11 June 2024

    As well as tackling the current poverty crisis, the next government must take a long-term, preventative approach by recognising all policies have an impact on our health, says Greg Fell.

  • The case for a new Public Health Act

    07 May 2024

    Greg Fell makes the case for a new and all-encompassing Public Health Act, and says preventing people from becoming ill will only be achieved by putting health at the heart of all policies.

  • Reducing infant mortality in Sheffield

    06 March 2024

    No one element made the difference when it came to reducing Sheffield’s disproportionately high infant mortality rates, says Greg Fell – instead a 20-year commitment reaped incredible rewards.

  • When prevention is the real cure

    06 March 2024

    Greg Fell draws from examples across the British Isles to highlight some of the work done by directors of public health to support residents to lead longer and healthier lives.

  • Taking public health right to the top

    13 February 2024

    Many directors of public health have the leadership approach, experience and technical ability to make excellent chief executives and they need the opportunities to reach the top role, says Julia Weldon.

  • Why climate change is health’s biggest threat

    15 January 2024

    The health risks from climate change are considerable, but directors of public health are ideally placed to ensure initiatives are implemented in the right way, to the right people, say Greg Fell and Darrell Gale.

  • Councils need support to save local lives

    27 September 2023

    The Government’s new suicide prevention strategy, while welcome, underplays the vital work being done at a local level, and more resources and sustainable funding are required, says Professor Jim McManus.

  • Building health security

    31 July 2023

    A new report highlights how a top-down response hindered efforts to tackle the Covid pandemic in three main ways. These failures must not be repeated in the next crisis, says James Sweetland.

  • The importance of the local

    31 July 2023

    The local levers to achieve preventative change have often been badly understood by Governments and the interplay between local and national responsibility highlighted during the pandemic needs to be improved, says Professor Jim McManus.

  • Minding the health gap

    10 July 2023

    National and local governments can help drive the change needed to start narrowing the unacceptable health inequalities gaps between various groups. Professor Jim McManus and Julia Weldon explain

  • Pandemic planning 'insufficient,' says public health chief

    06 July 2023

    The Government’s lack of planning and top-down approach hindered directors of public health during the pandemic, the UK Covid-19 Inquiry has heard.

  • Poor pandemic planning criticised

    13 June 2023

    Public health directors have delivered a withering assessment of the Government’s Covid-19 preparedness – warning Whitehall must fully utilise council expertise to avoid a catastrophic repeat.

  • The drugs won’t work

    13 June 2023

    Short-term strategies like the latest drugs pilot to tackle obesity won’t fix the problem, says Professor Jim McManus. Bold decision-making that puts health at the heart of all policy is needed.

  • Systems for better health outcomes

    28 March 2023

    With the cost of living crisis still raging, Ann McGauran looks at how people's health is being impacted and how Integrated Care Systems and their partners can support those most at risk.

  • Health creation for our nation

    06 February 2023

    Largely preventable disease will always be an issue if the underlying determinants of health aren’t addressed, says Jim McManus.

  • ICSs yet to achieve equal partnership, MPs hear

    06 December 2022

    Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) still have some way to go before achieving an equal partnership between health and social care, a panel of experts has said.

  • McManus: Public health cuts drive up NHS demand

    21 November 2022

    Cuts to the public health budget have been a ‘net driver of people into NHS services,’ the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Devolution has heard.

  • Sector bids for key Covid inquiry role

    05 September 2022

    Local government is bidding to have a key role in the looming coronavirus inquiry.

  • The heat is on

    08 August 2022

    Professor Jim McManus sets out the tasks ahead for directors of public health in response to changes in the climate, adding we must do all we can to achieve net zero by 2050.

  • Government urged to overhaul public health laws

    03 May 2022

    Public health leaders have the Government to overhaul legislation as the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) sheds temporary workers taken on during the COVID-19 pandemic.