Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for reducing health inequalities in England - prevention, opportunities for innovation, local initiatives and the NHS Long Term Plan

Morning, Tuesday, 11th June 2019

Central London


This conference will examine priorities and next steps for reducing health inequalities in England, focusing on what more can be done to reduce unwarranted variation in quality and access to care.

It is bringing together stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the way forward for delivering the key elements outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan, which commits to setting specific, measurable goals to reduce health inequalities and allocates funding worth over £1bn for areas with the greatest need.

Delegates will discuss the focus of the Long Term Plan on reducing inequalities for people with severe mental illness, learning disabilities and autism, rough sleepers, carers, and in maternity services.

It also takes place with the expected publication in the summer of the Green Paper on the Government vision for improving life expectancy and closing the gap between the richest and poorest in society - recently outlined in Prevention is better than cure.

The agenda also looks at initiatives at a local level to tackle health inequalities, including early lessons from the implementation of the London Health Inequalities Strategy, which focused on early years, mental health, social prescribing and the built environment - and attendees will assess what additional steps could be taken to increase the number of years Londoners live in good health.

Delegates will also discuss priorities for reducing health disparities between the North and the South and the impact of health inequalities on local economies - following the Northern Health Science Alliance Health for Wealth report, which found that tackling health inequalities between the North and South could result in an extra £13.2bn into the economy a year.

Further sessions will look ahead to the publication of Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On, scheduled for February 2020 - assessing the lessons learnt since the original Review and the practicalities of coordinating initiatives between the NHS, local authorities, the third sector, public sector and industry partners.

Keynote Speaker

Professor John Newton

Director, Health Improvement, Public Health England

Keynote Speakers

Dr Neil Churchill

Director, Experience, Participation and Equalities, NHS England

Professor John Newton

Director, Health Improvement, Public Health England

Dr Jessica Allen

Deputy Director, Institute of Health Equity, University College London


Debbie Abrahams MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Health in all Policies


Tim Elwell-Sutton

Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships, Healthy Lives Team, Health Foundation

Professor Sarah Salway

Professorial Research Fellow and Professor of Public Health, University of Sheffield

Halima Khan

Executive Director, Health, People & Impact, Nesta

Chris Brookes

Programme Manager, UK Health Forum

Sue Frossell

Consultant in Public Health, Coventry City Council

Andy Bell

Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health

Dr Luke Munford

Research Fellow, Manchester Centre for Health Economics, University of Manchester and Co-Author, Health for Wealth: Building a Healthier Northern Powerhouse for UK Productivity

Pat Ritchie

Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council

Caroline Bernard

Head, Policy and Communications, Homeless Link

Tracy Parr

Director of Transformation, Healthy London Partnership