Addressing health inequalities for your population: PCN Network conference session summary

Talking points and key questions on how primary care networks can help address health inequalities.

1 December 2020

Catch up on the talking points at this PCN Network virtual conference session.

Chair and panellists

  • Joan Saddler, Director of Partnerships and Equality, NHS Confederation
  • Wayne Farah, Adviser, BME Network, NHS Confederation
  • Dr Farzana Hussain, Co-chair, PCN Network and Clinical Director, Newham Central 1 PCN
  • Dan Bunstone, Clinical Director Board Member, PCN Network and Clinical Director, Warrington Innovation Network

Key points

  1. PCNs are uniquely placed to support their local communities and tackle health inequalities.
  2. PCNs need to prioritise and work in partnership locally.
  3. Importance of not letting the enormity of the challenge stop you from making progress.

PCNs role in health inequalities

How can PCNs support health inequalities and ‘bridge the gap’? The NHS has the assets and ability to work with local communities.

Clarity on the change you want to make

PCNs need to be clear on where they want to make a significant shift.

Know your community

PCNs know what can make a difference locally and understand the nuances of their communities – focus on the small changes that can have a big impact.

It’s all about the money

Need to change the balance of power and stop looking upwards and waiting. How can we re-profile the money we have to make change happen?

Patient voice

Not only is this how you reach out to partners but also how you include patients in your infrastructure. Who is challenging you and holding you to account?

Key quotes

"We can start small or we can start big, but start."

"Let’s not do nothing because we can’t do everything."

"Do it and people will follow."

Question for consideration

How can PCNs work with others to make best use of local assets and access funding?

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