• Key role for local government vital to vaccination rollout

    01 December 2020

    The sector, through its talented staff, elected representatives and influencers should be fully utilised to guarantee the success of the COVID vaccine rollout, says Allen Graham.

  • 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.

  • Spending Review: NHS receives £3bn funding boost

    25 November 2020

    The chancellor has announced £18bn will be spent on preventative coronavirus measures next year, including vaccines, testing and personal protective equipment.

  • Casting light on a dark problem

    25 November 2020

    An innovative integrated approach to tackling drug-related harm in Blackpool is achieving promising early results – but significant challenges remain on funding, commissioning cycles and data. Ann McGauran reports.

  • 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.

  • Councils bid for vaccine role

    16 November 2020

    Councils have made a bid to play a key role in distributing the new coronavirus vaccine.

  • Intelligence, tested

    11 November 2020

    Peter Baeck says an enhanced understanding of how to make the most of collective intelligence will ensure public institutions are better placed to respond to the pandemic – and prepare for any others that follow.

  • Healthy life expectancy target well off track, report finds

    10 November 2020

    The Government is in danger of a lost decade with its target of increasing healthy life expectancy by five years by 2035 well off track, according to a report from right-of-centre think-tank Policy Exchange.

  • 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.

  • Greater Manchester will move into Tier 3 as talks collapse

    20 October 2020

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Greater Manchester will head into Tier 3 restrictions on Friday after talks with local leaders broke up without a deal.

  • The challenge of health devolution in London

    15 October 2020

    Dick Sorabji, deputy chief executive of London Councils, charts the progress of health devolution in the capital and considers the next steps forward in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Five ways the cloud can safeguard our NHS

    13 October 2020

    Steve Haines, Managing Director, PSC Health & Care, Civica, discusses the impact of rising cyber attacks and shows five ways the cloud offers the NHS more peace of mind

  • Don't let the NHS follow care into crisis, warns Hopson

    07 October 2020

    The Government has driven social care into crisis by failing to fund it properly, and the NHS must not face the same fate, health expert Chris Hopson has said.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Data protection blamed for refusal to share shielded list

    05 October 2020

    Frustrated council officers have blamed data protection for thwarting efforts to help vulnerable people.

  • Counting the hidden costs of COVID-19

    23 September 2020

    There are a host of hidden costs from COVID-19 that will creep out of the woodwork over time to impact local government, says Chris Buss, leading to a fundamental shift in the way services will be delivered in the future.

  • Council leaders told to start preparing for self-isolation support scheme

    21 September 2020

    English council leaders have been asked to start preparing to implement financial support for people who are required to self-isolate until the end of January.

  • A perfect storm for care homes

    14 September 2020

    Councils must now strategically invest in services to help people stay in their own homes and negotiate jointly with their NHS partners to play a bigger role in modern nursing homes, says Iain MacBeath.

  • People matter more than places

    14 September 2020

    Until we stop obsessing about the process of place and begin to reconnect meaningfully with people where they live, we won’t change anything, says Donna Hall.

  • Blood out of stone

    02 September 2020

    Opportunities to drive out further efficiencies from councils lie in prevention and integration, but 'will take time and investment and is unlikely to deliver any benefits until the back end of the Spending Review at the earliest', says Tony Kirkham.

  • Hancock under pressure on anti-obesity plans following PHE closure

    24 August 2020

    Health secretary Matt Hancock is under growing pressure today to say who will take responsibility for the national fight against obesity following his decision to close down Public Health England (PHE).