National Priority Consortium - Health and Care Inequalities

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The aim of this National Priority Consortium in Health and Care Inequalities is to work across all Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs), the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) and with national stakeholders to support the health and care system nationally and across our regions, to reduce health care inequalities.

We will do this by identifying and prioritising interventions for implementing change, and facilitating and delivering collaborative multi-site evaluations.

The programme is led by the NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria and the NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber, and involves all 15 ARCs from across the country as well as the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA).

The increasing health inequalities in England, with life expectancy gaps of up to nine years between the most and least deprived neighbourhoods, are having a major impact on the wellbeing of communities, health and care services, and the economy. Our research and evaluation will support the health and care system nationally and regionally to reduce these inequalities.

This research consortium is led by Professor Clare Bambra, Professor of Public Health at Newcastle University and Professor Kate Pickett, Professor of Social Epidemiology at the University of York.

Our consortium objectives are to:

  • Develop and sustain a nationally and supra-regionally engaged and responsive consortium of policy, practice, public and researchers
  • Enable policy, practice and public partners to shape evidence generation and implementation
  • Conduct high-quality, multi-site applied research and implementation for priority health inequalities issues
  • Mobilise and disseminate evidence to shape implementation to reduce health inequalities

Our six shared priority areas are:

  • Childhood disadvantage
  • Reducing inequalities in the health and care system across the life course
  • Action on the social determinants of health
  • Improving data and methods to better monitor and reduce health and care inequalities
  • Links between health and economic outcomes
  • Covid-19 and inequality

The following five research projects will be delivered as part of the programme:

This page will continue to be updated as projects progress.

If you have any questions about this work, please contact Ruth Wilson, Consortia Manager – [email protected]

Visit our ARC NENC Inequalities and Marginalised Communities homepage to find out more about our leadership and wider work across this theme.