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Tackling health inequalities: the need for urgent action

£150-£355 +VAT

Many people recognise that both the NHS and the health of the nation are in deep crisis. Whether in terms of life expectancy, levels of long-term ill health, inequalities, mental health, or the drivers of poor health such as obesity, England’s recent record is poor and often compares badly to its neighbours. Essentially, there is now a need to think differently about how to design and deliver health and care services to meet the challenge of reducing health inequalities.  

This two-day virtual event brought together individuals and teams who have been working on shaping, informing and implementing strategies and action plans to address health inequalities at system, regional and place levels. Ahead of the upcoming general election, sessions also provided an opportunity to discuss and explore the need for urgent action and policy change for the new government to improve population health and implement measures that help people to make healthier choices. 

Showcasing both international and domestic case studies, this conference explored how the health and care system is working in partnership with local authorities, the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector and community leaders to develop a collaborative approach to health inequalities that makes the most of local assets and networks and meets the needs of local communities.  

Event topics

Bringing together partners across the VCSE sector, local government and more widely across the health and care system, sessions provided an opportunity to discuss: 

  • the priorities for tackling health inequalities and rethinking health and care services – why urgent national action is needed now 

  • why admin matters so much in health and care, and what impact it can have on improving patient experience and reducing inequalities 

  • the role and potential of health inequalities and population health academies in promoting and supporting practical work to improve population health and address health inequalities 

  • strategies to reduce health inequalities – how they are evolving and translating into action at regional, integrated care system (ICS) and place levels 

  • how partnership working can help build on local and community assets and achieve better outcomes in reducing health inequalities 

  • priorities for tackling the biggest risk factors affecting people’s health and enabling people to live healthier lives for longer. 


'The virtual platform used by Kings Fund was very accessible and made the conference more interesting with many links to online resources. The fact that platform remains accessible for a further two weeks provides an opportunity to revisit speakers input as well as interrogating resources.'

'This conference was really interesting and I have no doubt that I will use what I have learnt in my day to day work going forwards.'

'Great event. Very personable and engaging. Very good balance of the case for change and how to go about making it happen.'

'This was my first time attending and I wasn't sure what to expect but thank you very much for organising an inspiring conference, it was great to hear from speakers sharing their insight and practical steps on how we can address health inequalities. I would highly recommend this!'

'Slickly run virtual conference that showcased some innovative ways people are addressing health inequalities from a multitude of stakeholders such as the NHS, ambulance service, local services, councils, government departments, consultants and academics.'

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Speakers included

  • Professor Bola Owolabi photo

    Professor Bola Owolabi

    Director - Healthcare Inequalities, NHS England, and Vice-President, Royal Society for Public Health
  • Victoria Macdonald

    Victoria Macdonald

    Health and Social Care Editor, Channel 4 News
  • Duleep Allirajah

    Duleep Allirajah

    Chief Executive, The Richmond Group of Charities
  • Greg Fell photo

    Greg Fell

    Director of Public Health in Sheffield, and President of the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH)
  • Andy Knox

    Dr Andy Knox

    Associate Medical Director, Population Health, NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board
  • Patricia Miller

    Patricia Miller

    Chief Executive, NHS Dorset
  • Mike Wade

    Professor Mike Wade

    Regional Director OHID & NHS Regional Director of Public Health, Midlands
  • Gauden Galea

    Dr Gauden Galea

    Strategic Adviser to the Regional Director, Special Initiative on NCDs and Innovation, World Health Organization


Wednesday, 8 May 2024

Day one

Thursday, 9 May 2024

Day two

Ticket prices

Please note, there is a £20+VAT surcharge to cover the cost of processing invoices. This is in addition to the ticket price and will be added to your invoice. There is one invoice fee per order, not per ticket. There is no charge for paying by debit or credit card.

Tickets are available to book now.

  • Charity <£1million turnover

  • Public sector or charity >£1million turnover

  • Small-medium sized enterprise

  • Commercial/ profit-making organisation

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Student tickets

If you are a student in full-time education, please email us for a promotional code, with a photograph of your valid student ID. Student tickets are £60 +VAT.

Bursary tickets

We offer a limited number of bursary places for people with lived experience to ensure a balance of voices in the room. To apply for a bursary place please email us a short paragraph explaining why you wish to attend.

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