Early intervention

  • 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.


  • Building the pillars of wisdom

    28 May 2024

    It’s the penultimate challenge for the contestants of this year’s Local Government Challenge. Their brief: to tackle deprivation and inequality through Waltham Forest LBC’s Stronger Communities strategy. Bekah Carrington explains.


  • MacAlister: Not enough has changed on children's social care

    23 May 2024

    The author of the Government’s independent review of children’s care has warned ‘not enough has changed’ since he proposed reforms two years ago.


  • Vicious cycle curbs prevention

    21 May 2024

    The significant variation across the country in the rates of children in care highlights the importance of preventative services, says Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton.


  • Playing to strengths: prevention in a time of crisis

    01 May 2024

    Jon Burchell and Joe Cook highlight their new research, providing a model for understanding how and why strengths-based prevention works.


  • It’s time to supercharge prevention

    08 April 2024

    Nick Clarke says a focus on early intervention and prevention is needed to tackle the deepening cracks in social care, but the sector must take a system-wide view on what is working


  • Finding the right prescription

    08 April 2024

    Incremental improvements in collaboration, not wholesale change, is key to restoring faith in the health system, writes Matthew Taylor.


  • Daring to care pays off

    20 March 2024

    Integrated Care Boards face many challenges, yet one year on from her review, Patricia Hewitt offers an upbeat assessment and, says Aidan Rave, there is indeed room for optimism.


  • Tackling poverty in the North of Tyne: A combined approach

    15 March 2024

    Patience has been key to a North of Tyne Combined Authority programme addressing child poverty, including both the underlying issues and the ‘here and now’ symptoms, says Adrian Dougherty.


  • 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.


  • England should become a Marmot Nation

    30 January 2024

    ICSs will need to get firmly onto the front foot if they are to deliver their goals, including delivering more seamless health and social care services, say Phil Hope and Steve Barwick.


  • Hounslow’s LATCO model for leisure focuses firmly on community needs

    02 January 2024

    The LATCO model is a third way to manage leisure services and bring together a commercial head and community heart - and it has been a game-changer in Hounslow, says Rowland Omamor.


  • From merger to milestone: a year in reflection

    11 December 2023

    Dr Jo Casebourne says Foundations has been delivering on its mission in its first year – generating and championing evidence that improves services to support family relationships.


  • Labour must 'grasp the nettle' early on social care costs

    30 November 2023

    Labour will ‘have to grasp the nettle fairly early on’ if it wins the General Election about the long-term funding of social care, shadow minister Andrew Gwynne has said.


  • Time for local and national action on hospital pressures

    20 November 2023

    The County Councils Network's new report with Newton shows the causes of winter pressures are more complex than the prevailing narrative and sets out solutions to make the system work better, says James Maker.


  • Prevention is still better than cure

    08 November 2023

    Solving the public health crisis means preventing the next one, and looking beyond the NHS, according to Ruth Luscombe.


  • Lack of capacity hindering early help

    07 November 2023

    A lack of capacity is hindering early help services for children and families, a joint report by three watchdogs has found.


  • The sector faces a perfect storm

    30 October 2023

    An overhaul of the improvement and intervention system is long overdue and must urgently take place, says Claire Kober.


  • Putting prevention first

    23 October 2023

    Abigail Langley puts the high level of strategic priority placed on prevention in South Norfolk and Broadland under the spotlight, but she says investment does not match collective ambitions and localities’ needs.