NHS Senior Leadership Onboarding and Support

Understanding Health Inequalities

There are stark differences in health outcomes across the UK driven by complex and multi level dynamics. Understanding these is key as a leader to being able to understand the work of the people around you and working toward contributing toward health equality for local communities. You will also find some great resources in the Collaborating and Systems Leadership for All theme.

Case studies: Health inequalities hub | Local Government Association explores different themes in detail, shining a spotlight on case studies from councils across the country and exploring how COVID-19 exacerbated existing health inequalities.

Resources: NHS England » The Equality and Health Inequalities Hub – designed to provide support and assistance to the NHS, and beyond, in promoting equality and tackling health inequalities for all patients, communities and the NHS workforce. It brings together equality and health inequalities resources and provides useful links and information for the sharing of good practice.

Report: Addressing the National Syndemic: Place-based problems and solutions to UK health inequality Institute of Health Equity 2021 This report contains case studies from the private, public and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sectors and local communities demonstrating that when they work together, it is possible to create more equitable and healthy societies.

Podcast: Primary care: reducing health inequalities through primary care networks – NHS England / Improvement 2019

Podcast: Tackling health inequalities head on through partnership – NHS England / Improvement 2019

Insight: Health inequalities in a nutshell | The King’s Fund (kingsfund.org.uk)

Report: Nine local actions to reduce health inequalities The British Academy 2014

Resources: Evidence hub: What drives health inequalities? The Health Foundation – Data, insights and analysis exploring how the circumstances in which we live shape population health.

Podcast: The finance role in addressing health inequalities – HFMAtalk Podcasts

Resources: Integrated care Social Care Institute for Excellence – Resources, consultancy and training on integrating health, care and related services. Includes guides, models and evidence to support local areas, integrated care organisations, sustainability and transformation plans, care and health providers and commissioners.

Resources: Core20PLUS5 – An approach to reducing health inequalities

Data: The Health Inequalities Improvement Dashboard The dashboard measures, monitors, and informs actionable insight to make improvements to narrow health inequalities. It covers the five priority areas for narrowing health inequalities in the 2022/23 priorities and operational planning guidance. It also covers data relating to the five clinical areas in our Core20PLUS5 approach.