Tackling the worst health outcomes: a 2020-24 strategic priority

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It is well known that some groups in the population have significantly poorer health outcomes and worse experiences of using health and care services than others. This has been underlined by the Covid-19 pandemic, with some groups experiencing much higher mortality rates than others. By identifying tackling the worst health outcomes as a strategic priority for 2020–24, The King’s Fund is signalling a new commitment to focusing attention on these issues and working to address them.

What do we want to achieve?

The programme will work with people with lived experience, communities and services to improve health and care for people with the worst health outcomes in England.

This programme will work with organisations and individuals  to:

  • develop a much better understanding of the lived experience of people at greatest risk of poor health, so policy and practice can be shaped by those experiences
  • develop and share learning about what works, to support widespread adoption of health and care policy and practices that improve health and wellbeing for people with the worst health outcomes
  • support the health and care system and its partners to work together towards this goal. 

Our focus will be on the critical role the health and care system can play in this by improving services and through working in partnership with other sectors.

What will the programme focus on?

During 2021 we will:

  • establish the Fund’s voice in this area through research, explainers and developing ways to increase the focus on inequalities in our leadership and organisational development work
  • further refine our approach, including developing our approach to working with people with lived experience and defining the programme’s focus up to 2024
  • ensure all the Fund’s work considers inequalities and the poor experiences that underlie them.

Resources and key projects

Catch up with some of the programme's reports, projects and resources.


Our work on health inequalities

See all of our work on health inequalities and access to care for different groups in society.


The health of people from ethnic minority groups in England

This explainer examines the differences in health outcomes for ethnic minority groups, highlighting the variation across groups and conditions, and considers what’s needed to reduce health inequalities.


Delivering health and care for people who sleep rough

We explore how four local areas are delivering effective health and care services to people sleeping rough and what other areas might be able to learn from them.


Health inequalities: our position

Urgent action is needed to tackle deep and long-standing health inequalities in England.


Health communities together programme

The King's Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) have joined forces to support genuine partnership-working in local areas between the voluntary and community sector, the NHS and local authorities.

Contact us to find out more about this work


Ruth Robertson

Programme lead, Tackling the worst health outcomes