• ADPH president gets Whitehall role

    03 September 2021

    The president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, Jeanelle de Gruchy, has been appointed as the new deputy chief medical officer for England.

  • Lifting lockdown on June 21 'risks reversing progress,' public health directors warn

    11 June 2021

    Lifting lockdown measures on June 21 ‘risks reversing the significant progress we have made,’ the vice-president of the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) has warned.

  • COVID dogmatism helps nobody

    26 May 2021

    The next stage of the UK COVID strategy will be more challenging, but ‘waiting for a perfect answer before acting can kill,’ warns Jim McManus.

  • Inequality matters

    25 March 2021

    A conference has delved into the most crucial issues facing local government public health leaders and their communities a year on from the first lockdown. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Hancock launches 'dedicated, mission driven institution' to halt future pandemics

    24 March 2021

    A new ‘dedicated, mission-driven’ institution to halt future pandemics will build on existing expertise and new capabilities developed during COVID, says the secretary of state for health and care.

  • Whitty defends decision to centralise initial pandemic response

    23 March 2021

    A year on from the first lockdown England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, has defended the Government’s decision to centralise the response at the start of the pandemic.

  • Public health chiefs call for more data on jab take-up

    24 February 2021

    Councils still lack the detailed data they need on COVID vaccination take-up to tackle inequities and reduce transmission, public health experts said this week.

  • Financing health is vital to our futures

    22 February 2021

    Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy says the upcoming Budget is a chance to act on the lessons of COVID-19 – and now is the moment to start building the path towards a healthy recovery.

  • Local public health proves its worth in a crisis

    22 February 2021

    COVID has emphasised the importance of public health teams being part of local government, says Professor Maggie Rae. But councils need the resources to address the fallout from this pandemic and prepare for the next one.

  • Starting from the wrong place?

    15 February 2021

    The first White Paper on NHS reform in nearly a decade confirms England will be covered by statutory integrated care systems. Ann McGauran canvasses local government sector experts on the contents.

  • Extremist fears over vaccine myths

    02 February 2021

    Far-right extremists are feared to be behind the circulation of coronavirus vaccine myths on social media, a director of public health has warned.

  • ‘We’re still not doing what works in many areas’

    15 December 2020

    Are the Government’s latest early years’ initiatives enough to improve the life chances for vulnerable children – or is more leadership and vision needed? Ann McGauran reports from the Early Intervention Foundation conference.

  • ADPH chief slams failure to increase public health grant

    02 December 2020

    The Government’s failure to include a public health grant increase in the Spending Review was branded ‘utterly incomprehensible’ by the UK’s most senior public health chief.

  • A dose of reality

    01 December 2020

    What will the main challenges be for the sector as local government gears up for a prominent role in new COVID-vaccination strategies? Ann McGauran talks to key figures about the task ahead.

  • Doubts raised over mass testing rollout

    30 November 2020

    Public health officials have questioned the feasibility and effectiveness of extending mass COVID-19 testing in tier three areas.

  • Councils key to tackling 'anti-vax mob'

    24 November 2020

    Councils must act quickly to knock down the ‘anti-vax mob’ as the Government puts the sector at the heart of its strategy to tackle coronavirus, a senior public health chief has urged.

  • NHS lays out plan for working with councils on mass vaccination

    23 November 2020

    The NHS has started to detail its mass vaccination strategy, outlining how it expects to work with local government.

  • Building trust in test and trace

    10 November 2020

    David Nabarro of the World Health Organisation says local capacity is the ‘mainstay’ for finding and interrupting transmission. Here, Martin Ford puts councils’ approaches to testing and tracing under the spotlight.

  • National delays hold back local test and trace

    10 November 2020

    Local test and trace teams are facing week-long delays in receiving data from the national system.

  • The clock is ticking

    10 November 2020

    There is no path to economic recovery that does not involve controlling COVID-19, says Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy. She outlines what needs to be in the plan for the new response phase.