Leadership Action on Health Inequality

An improvement support programme for senior leaders: system leaders and NHS board members – exec and non-exec. Delivered by the NHS Confederation.

11 May 2023

Following the success of our health inequalities improvement seminars run in 2021/22 the NHS Confederation is launching its Leadership on Health Inequalities programme which will run throughout 2023/24.

About the programme

The programme will be delivered within three key themes:

  • How to tackle health inequality – practical approaches to turn strategy into action
  • The evidence base for the benefits of tackling health inequality
  • Sustaining long term change and embedding action across the system

This programme has been developed through working with Members and offers opportunities to share and learn from each other, as well as from experts in the field.

The programme will be delivered through webinars, introducing resources and tools available to download from the NHS Confederation site, as well as offering peer learning spaces.

Benefits of the programme

By joining this programme and associated webinars you will:    

  • become familiar with tools, models and resources to turn data into intelligence and insight, to provide effective, constructive challenge and take leadership action
  • understand how tackling health inequality can improve efficiency and productivity
  • develop approaches for embedding long lasting change
  • access resources and practical tips on how to move beyond identifying inequalities to actively addressing them, according to the needs of local populations
  • share ideas and models for co-designing interventions to construct and sustain long-term change, creating the strategic environment to promote health inequality improvement
  • connect with peers in a facilitated space for mutual leadership support and critical evaluation of evidence and plans.

The first three webinars focused on Practical Approaches to Tackling Health Inequality. 

Access the recordings and slides

  • Session 1 held on 22 March, covered Intelligence gathering, analysis and interpretation of data on inequalities, how and when to use available tools to tackle these issues and the identification of baselines and measures (system, provider, place) for evaluating progress.
  • Session 2 held on 25 April, addressed defining problems and potential actions; co-designing interventions across multi-level systems, in partnership with external organisations and in collaboration with workforce and surrounding communities.
  • Session 3 held on 10 May, looked at how to plan, deliver, measure and review interventions, ensuring that interventions are constructed and delivered sustainably to effect long-term change. It also examined how we measure change at system and place level and provide Board Assurance on these measures.
  • We also recommend watching our ConfedExpo 2023 main stage session: What tackling inequality can do for your organisation: the business case 

Please contact if you have any queries.