Tackling health inequalities – working with whole system/community partners
The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare the significant health inequalities in our society, and these can only be reduced by concerted work across the whole system to tackle systemic inequality. While the causes of health inequalities largely sit outside the NHS, doctors and other NHS staff have an important role to play in identifying and taking action to reduce inequalities. In particular, primary care clinicians and staff are embedded in their communities and are well placed to work with partners across the community to improve health outcomes and help patients live longer, healthier lives. This session will address strategies for GPs to use for working with secondary and community care as well as other public sector partners, the voluntary sector and communities themselves, with specific reference to the BMA’s own toolkit for reducing health inequalities for clinicians.