• Connecting health to cohesion

    08 April 2024

    The evidence showing the importance of social cohesion to health, and the damage loneliness causes to mental health, is compelling. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Powering up the North

    02 April 2024

    Richard Stubbs and Michael Wood say the opportunity to strengthen both the health and economy of northern England is immense – and that is why deeper devolution is needed.

  • 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.

  • Housing for health – the ICS challenge

    08 November 2023

    Steve Barwick and Phil Hope set out the key issues and the five recommendations emerging from a Health Devolution Commission roundtable on housing and health.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The ‘golden triangle’ provides governance oversight and grip

    05 October 2023

    Instilling a robust governance culture is essential to local governance leadership, and improvement and assurance will be a crucial topic under discussion at the Solace Summit in Birmingham this month, says Kath O’Dwyer.

  • Addressing the mess

    03 October 2023

    Key aspects of our systems of governance are broken, says Matthew Taylor, and radical reform is necessary if the country is to begin fixing the inherent problems.

  • Perfect place

    22 September 2023

    Jonathan Werran reports from a policy event that teased out how lessons from the past could indicate what reform towards single placemaking budgets might offer.

  • Partnerships for prevention: Digital Dorset's health and social care

    05 September 2023

    Penny Syddall looks at how Dorset Council is working in partnership with local health in three main areas to combat low uptake of health tech.

  • Breaking down public sector silos

    08 August 2023

    A programme in Nottingham is bringing public sector leaders together to better understand how their own challenges relate to the city as a whole. James Rhodes and Jonathan Rycroft explain.

  • Examining prevention

    31 July 2023

    Matthew Taylor says the genuine enthusiasm for prevention is an opportunity, but the evidence too often fails to match the rhetoric that effective investment in prevention saves money.

  • Nurturing integration

    17 July 2023

    After the first year of the Integrated Care Systems, Professor Martin Green asks what is working well, what is not, and how can we make integration better to deliver more effective health and social care services.

  • Taking stock of ICSs

    17 July 2023

    Integrated Care Systems have further to go, but partners recognise the need for collaborating and making the most of the opportunity they represent, says John O’Brien.

  • When it comes to health, districts matter

    10 July 2023

    District councils make a real impact on the health of residents, so why are they overlooked by the tangled world of health? asks Natalie Brahma-Pearl

  • Five principles to picking social care back up

    04 July 2023

    The MJ has launched a Care Commission to consider the policy failures of social care. Matthew Taylor and John Ransford outline some of the thinking so far.

  • Level measures

    04 July 2023

    Localis’s research into the potential for public service integration to underpin the delivery of levelling up in neighbourhoods offers a modern policy route to future reform. Jonathan Werran explains.

  • Technology can deliver a long-term solution to the discharge problem

    29 June 2023

    Utilising technology is a key way to reduce delayed discharge and support person-centred care, says Julie Tyas.

  • Unfinished business

    13 June 2023

    Greg Clark has been local government secretary twice. He speaks to Heather Jameson about the need to do more on devolution, why intervention should be a last resort and the need to talk about a simpler system of local government.

  • Could communities help cure health inequalities?

    16 May 2023

    To tackle health inequalities, councils and Integrated Care Systems should focus on Sir Michael Marmot’s take on community empowerment and create a culture that enables this, says Laura Charlesworth.