NHS Confederation and AstraZeneca health inequalities collaboration agreement

Enhancing patient care through population health-focused solutions.

1 December 2023

The NHS Confederation and AstraZeneca have joined forces to support and enhance patient care through population health-focused solutions to address health inequalities.

The first project for this partnership is working within North East London Integrated Care Board, to improve the access, experience, and outcomes for black and Asian communities with cardiovascular disease in Redbridge.

This will be achieved through ensuring those individuals who have been identified and are on existing GP disease registers are consistently well controlled and supported, and improve early detection and primary prevention, by working closely with the community and VCS organisations.

Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation and Ed Piper, medical and scientific affairs director at AstraZeneca UK, met at the AstraZeneca sponsored, Long Term Conditions Revolution event in November 2023, where they discussed their high hopes for the collaboration between organisations. 

You can watch the video of this conversation below.

North East London

The NHS Confederation and AstraZeneca will be working with a range of stakeholders from across Redbridge, including the Integrated Care Board, Local Authority, Barking Havering and Redbridge University NHS Trust, Voluntary Sector (VCS) Organisations and Primary Care Networks. 

This programme is working closely with Dr Shabana Ali, Long Term Conditions clinical lead for Redbridge, as well as the clinical directors for three of the primary care networks within Redbridge. This initiative forms part of the Integrated Care Board's strategy to address the especially high burden of cardiovascular disease in this borough. 

Recognising the importance of working closely with the community and VCS, this programme has identified four community organisations to help identify existing barriers and challenges experienced by residents from across Black and Asian communities in Redbridge, and then co-design practical solutions for sustainable change. 

This may include public health messaging and signposting for residents to access the appropriate support and self-management guidance for cardiovascular disease.