HMJ: Health in the North hit hardest by COVID-19, finds report
Northerners were more likely to die and be hospitalised due to COVID-19 in the first year of the pandemic compared with the rest of England, a report has found.
HMJ: Sector’s mixed reaction to mandatory COVID-19 vaccines
Making COVID-19 and flu vaccinations mandatory for all frontline health and care workers would help level the playing field between the NHS and social care, Care England has argued.
Government fails to consult DPHs on winter plan
Public health directors have hit out at a lack of engagement by the government in developing its autumn/winter COVID-19 plan.
Delivering public health post-pandemic
Dr Sakthi Karunanithi and Stephen Young look at what if anything the experience of dealing with the pandemic has taught us over the last 18 months and ponder the public health mission ahead .
Joined-up action to aid street-based lives
Calderdale’s trauma-based response to Burnt Bridges? is an example of why focusing on place-based working between health, councils and voluntary organisations matters, say Robin Tuddenham and Marianne Huison.
The time for team spirit is now
Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson says there has never been a more important time to work together to protect the future of community-based sport and leisure services.
ADPH president gets Whitehall role
The president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, Jeanelle de Gruchy, has been appointed as the new deputy chief medical officer for England.
‘No evidence’ integration improves healthcare
New analysis of health and care integration pilots has questioned the benefits they bring about.
EXCLUSIVE: Government rejects university hall quarantine idea
The Government has dismissed calls from the nine regional chief executives to allow international students from red-list countries (RLC) to quarantine in university halls.
‘Whitewash’ response to health cuts petition
Health visitors have decried the Government’s response to a petition calling for councils to receive funding increases.
Digital Innovation delivers COVID-19 test success
Clever design using low-code digital tools was key to developing an effective public COVID-19 test booking system for Wigan’s residents, says Steve Baldwin.
'Grave concern' over vaccine rate in Westminster
The council is still awaiting a reply a month after sending a plea to the Government asking for more resources to increase its low vaccination rate.
Hampshire prepares for public health cuts
Hampshire CC has called for a new model for council funding as it prepares for cuts of almost £7m to its public health budget.
Why choice is crucial
Baroness Claire Fox worries that making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for those working in a Care Quality Commission-registered care home in England is illiberal.
MHCLG issue details on critical staff who can skip 'pingdemic' rules
Highway maintenance, regulatory and trading standards staff will not be allowed to skip isolation if they are ‘pinged’ by the NHS COVID app.
Why we want chief executives to be treated fairly
The offer of a 1.5% pay increase for chief executives is ‘a move away from arrangements that have successfully operated since 2016’, says Ian Miller.
Tackling the COVID-19 crisis through partnership in the North East
Gerry Taylor outlines how the LA7 group of North East councils used the insight gained from market research to create a localised comms campaign to help slow the spread of the virus.
Creating the new normal
George Thorley looks at our nations’ challenges as they start to look beyond the pandemic. He argues for the strengthening of the role of local government as a key component of the new normal.
Robert Sullivan shares his thoughts on how the success of England’s national team can be harnessed by councils to inspire people to play more football and lose weight.
Meeting bereavement with compassion
Losing a loved one is hard enough, but councils are failing to make it easier for those who have to access public health funerals, says Lindesay Mace.