• Public health commissioning move 'illogical'

    25 February 2021

    A suggestion from the body representing NHS trusts that the commissioning of key public health services should be removed from local government is ‘illogical,’ councils have said.

  • Tackling the big four vaccine challenges

    24 February 2021

    Tackling inequity in vaccination uptake depends on resolving what Jim McManus calls the big four challenges – and councils’ role is crucial.

  • Plenty of reasons to be cheerful in the health and care White Paper

    24 February 2021

    Cllr David Fothergill says while many of the 2012 health reforms will now be unwound, local government's responsibility for public health should be the one that remains untouched.

  • Building citizen centred systems to deliver the best integrated care

    17 February 2021

    Local government has the mechanisms and knowledge to ensure place, neighbourhoods and citizens are at the heart of integrated care systems which are responsive to local needs and accountable to communities, says Anja Beriro of Browne Jacobson.

  • 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.

  • White Paper plans to radically reform the NHS

    11 February 2021

    Council leaders have warned that local government needs to be an equal partner in the design of any national oversight of social care as the Government publishes its White Paper plans to overhaul the NHS.

  • Social care should remain delivered by councils, says report

    10 February 2021

    Tens of thousands of people could live more independent lives if councils keep hold of social care under government plans to overhaul health services, a new report has insisted.

  • A social care model that’s fit for the future

    09 February 2021

    A new report sets out the key ingredients of a better social care system, using a delivery model that is both optimised and local, say James Maker and Daniel Sperrin.

  • Put people first

    03 February 2021

    The future of care and support must be built around our homes and in our communities, writes Stephen Chandler.

  • 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.

  • Leading Greenwich through crisis

    25 January 2021

    Cllr Danny Thorpe outlines how Greenwich RLBC changed its processes at pace to support residents throughout COVID-19 – at times branching out into the unknown.

  • Steering care through crisis

    25 January 2021

    The entire care market still faces massive challenges. As part of the National Audit Office investigation into care markets, we brought together some experts to debate the issues. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Hand in hand to collaboration

    25 January 2021

    Sir Bob Neill says a local, bottom-up approach has already shown itself to be the way forward for test and trace, ‘and central Government must now place its trust in local leaders to expedite the vaccine rollout’.

  • Vaccine communication for citizens: What role can councils play?

    22 January 2021

    The vaccine rollout is possibly the biggest challenge many council communications professionals will be part of in their lifetime, says  Karen Steel. She offers advice on how to approach it.

  • Our third Integrated Care Systems model would be a real ‘partnership of equals’

    21 January 2021

    The cross-party Health Devolution Commission is proposing a ‘democratic third way’ on integrated care. Steve Barwick and Phil Hope explain.

  • No time for transformation

    20 January 2021

    Professor Donna Hall warns of the danger of the ‘centralised military command-type response’ COVID demands becoming a permanent feature, eroding the time for deep-rooted transformation.

  • Southwark chief to help with vaccine rollout

    19 January 2021

    Southwark LBC’s chief executive will be brought in on secondment by NHS England to help with the national programme to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • PM wants councils to ‘lead the fight’ on vaccinations

    14 January 2021

    The Prime Minister has promised councils will receive data on the COVID-19 vaccination programme in their areas within days.

  • Cheshire leaders put concerns to Government on jabs, lockdown and schools

    13 January 2021

    Council leaders in Cheshire and their partners have written to the Government laying out their concerns about the vaccination rollout, the current lockdown arrangements and schools.

  • The NHS must harness the strengths of districts

    12 January 2021

    Cllr John Fuller says that while the NHS delivers the vaccinations, districts can 'help shape the ecosystem, build trust through familiar settings, bring in hard to reach communities', and more - 'a partnership in place'.