Professor Jim McManus

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How councils keep public health top of the agenda

    25 May 2022

    It’s 175 years since England’s first municipal public health official was appointed, so how are local authorities performing at keeping people healthy? Professor Jim McManus takes the long view.

  • Our residents are real self-isolation heroes – and leading our county’s recovery

    01 April 2021

    Hertfordshire’s recent Self-Isolation Support Day showed a very high proportion of residents clearly trying to do the right thing, helped by community organisations, says Professor Jim McManus.

  • The value of local leadership

    12 June 2020

    Local outbreak plans are due to be in place by the end of June. Professor Jim McManus asks how are they shaping up, and outlines the principles that define a good plan. Too many questions remain about the idea of 'local lockdowns', he adds.

  • LGBT plus Allies Scheme proving to be a vital lifeline

    14 February 2020

    A growing network of ‘rainbow allies’ are part of ensuring Hertfordshire CC creates a safe, diverse and supportive working environment, says Professor Jim McManus.