NHS England defines health inequalities as:
'unfair and avoidable differences in health across the population, and between different groups within society. Health inequalities arise because of the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age. These conditions influence our opportunities for good health, and how we think, feel and act, and this shapes our mental health, physical health and wellbeing.'
The healthcare sector is committed to reducing the incidence of inequalities in healthcare provision. In order to achieve this, widespread work across the NHS is being completed. You can review some of the research and projects in this area using the links below;
Links to research and papers*
NHS role in tackling health inequalities podcast Kings Fund
Health Inequalities - Our position Kings Fund
Health Inequalities in old age United Nations
Inequalities insight report Ageing Better
Reducing health inequalities, system, scale and sustainability Public Health England
Links to projects*
Health inequalities in the older population Lancaster University
9 local actions to reduce health inequalities British Academy for the humanities and social sciences
*Wessex Academic Health Science Network Limited (WAHSN) has undertaken the horizon scanning research activity in goodwill for the purpose of improving healthcare services and has no commercial interest in any of documents presented. Wessex AHSN’s research activity is not intended to include an exhaustive list of resources or endorsement. Wessex AHSN are not responsible should there be a relevant resource available that has not been identified and reported in this document.