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14 Mar 2024

NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) Inequalities and Prevention Research Showcase


NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs)

Inequalities and Prevention Research Showcase

Thursday 14 March 2023, 9.30 am until 4.30pm

The British Library, Knowledge Centre, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB.

Join us for this national NIHR ARCs Health Inequalities and Prevention Consortia Showcase.

The event will focus on research from the ARCs national priority programmes of work: Health and Care Inequalities, and Prevention including Behavioural Risk Factors.

Find out more about the Health and Care Inequalities Consortium.

Find out more about the Prevention with Behavioural Risk Factors Consortium.

Keynote speakers

Morning: Professor Bola Owolabi, National Health Inequalities Improvement Programme, NHS England

Afternoon: Professor Mary de Silva, Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and Dr Chloe Park, UKRI Policy Fellow, DHSC.

Research presentations

The event will include presentations from thirteen projects supported by the ARCs National Priority Consortium in Health and Care Inequalities, and the National Priority Consortium in Prevention including Behavioural Risk Factors. It will also feature a wide range of posters linked to these areas of research.

Download the outline agenda, below.

We look forward to welcoming you on the day.


If you have any questions, please email [email protected] 

More about Professor Bola Owolabi

Professor Bola Owolabi (MRCGP, MFPH Hon, FRSPH) is Director of the National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme at NHS England (NHSE).

She works as a General Practitioner in the Midlands.

Bola has particular interest in reducing healthcare inequalities through integrated care models, service transformation, and using data insights for quality improvement. She has spearheaded NHSE’s Core20PLUS5 approach to narrowing healthcare inequalities.

Internationally, Bola was a member of the Danish Ambassador’s Tour De Health – a ten nation healthcare policy leaders’ summit. Additionally, she was the UK representative on the Commonwealth Fund / Academy Health Tour 2023, exploring equity in national health policy across the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

She was previously National Speciality Advisor for Older People and Integrated Person-Centred Care at NHSE, where she led the Anticipatory Care workstream of the National Ageing Well Programme. She collaborated with teams across NHSE and the Department of Health and Social Care as part of the Covid-19 pandemic response.

Bola is an alumna of Ashridge Executive Education / Hult International Business School and holds a Masters degree with distinction in Leadership (Quality Improvement). She also received an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership for Clinicians.

Bola is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Applied Health Research, College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Birmingham. She is also a Vice President of the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH).

More about Professor Mary de Silva

Mary is Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, Deputy Director for Health Protection Research, and Head of the Science and Engineering Profession in the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). An epidemiologist with expertise in a range of disciplines including clinical trials, implementation science, systems thinking and population-based data, in both UK and in low- and middle-income countries.

Before joining DHSC, Mary was Head of Population Health at Wellcome, and before that Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health at LSHTM.

Delivered by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria.