Jim McManus Director of Public Health

Organisation: Hertfordshire County Council / NHS Hertfordshire

Location: East of England

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About me

Jim is a GenerationQ Fellow and Director of Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council.

He is responsible for England’s fifth largest public health system, with a portfolio of 142 workstreams, including drug and alcohol treatment and care, health protection and health improvement services. He has significant experience of service redesign and transformation, commissioning and multi agency strategy and implementation.

Jim is a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society, as well as being a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development.

Jim is a member of the Clinical Oversight Group for the Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System, which is chaired by Paul Burstow.

Jim is also prevention and population health management lead for the ICS.

He leads the County Council’s corporate transformation programme in prevention and demand management. He is lead officer for the Council’s Performance Cabinet Panel and champion for disability and faiths on the Equalities Board. He is a Board Member of NHS Herts Valleys CCG.

In May 2018 Jim was elected Vice President of the Association of Directors of Public Health UK.

Through GenerationQ, Jim aimed to Start embedding the benefits of a prevention approach to all public services in a way that delivers real impact for residents, users and organisations. This started a three- to five-year programme of work with a series of quick wins to achieve savings across the system. Jim explains: ‘I want to make the lives of the residents I serve better, and the health and social care system more efficient and financially sustainable’. Projects arising from this include redesign of preventive servuces including integrating 82 childrens centes with public health nursing, programmes using animal assistants for humans, a major project on energy efficiency and health for people in substandard housing and designing health and wellbeing into two major new town developments in Hertfordshire. 

GenerationQ helped Jim take the different dimensions of leadership needed to achieve system change, enable and encourage people to apply them, and deliver real change. He says that ‘the blend of methods and approaches in GenerationQ excites me, since it brings to life the various domains of leadership and comes from insight and experience’.

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