About this event

  • Date and time Tue 9 May 2023 from 10:30am to 4:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Royal Society for Public Health

You are invited to join this live stream for an essential update on poverty and the cost of living crisis. This key population and health inequalities conference will highlight the current crisis in the UK and raise awareness about evidence-based interventions that can be implemented to tackle poverty and its effects.

We’ll be exploring how the crisis is affecting public health across the UK and hearing stories of the lived experiences of those who have been impacted. We will then delve into possible approaches and solutions that may be implemented to help priority areas such as child poverty, housing, and fuel. Finally, we will finish the day by summarising the key issues raised and offering the next steps forward to tackle these issues.

By attending, you will:

  • Learn about the current trends across the UK
  • Understand the evidence on impacts of poverty on health
  • Understand what it is like to live in poverty in the UK through hearing a lived experience
  • Gain awareness of the interventions that can reduce poverty and minimise its impact
  • Explore examples of good practice presented through case studies

The RSM Library has created a tailored reading list for this event. RSM members can access the full reading list. Become a member to tap into these extra resources and extend your learning further.  

This live stream is available for on-demand viewing. The live stream recording will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the session broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the event takes place. 

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Welcome and introduction

Professor Kevin Fenton CBE, President, Faculty of Public Health

William Roberts, Chief Executive, Royal Society of Public Health

Professor Jim McManus, President, Association of Directors of Public Health

Professor Maggie Rae, President, Epidemiology and Public Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Opening presentation

Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director, University College London Institute of Health Equity

Question and answers
Poverty in the UK

Chair: Professor Paul Roderick, Emeritus Professor of Public Health, University of Southampton

Mrs Helena Robinson, 

Professor Gerry McCartney, Professor of Wellbeing Economy, University of Glasgow

Mrs Catherine Parker, Consultant in Public Health, Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Louisa Petchey, Public Health Wales

Question and answers
Lived experience of poverty in 2023

Rachel Bull, Head of Policy and Research, Trussell Trust


Panel - tackling poverty across the UK

Chair: Dr Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard, 

Susan E Mechan, Solicitor and Council Member, Epidemiology and Public Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Professor Jim McManus

Isobel Braithwaite, Public Health Registrar and National Institute for Health and Care Research Doctoral Fellow

Mr Philip Satherley, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Royal Society for Public Health

Alistair Cooper, 

Voting on statement

Panel and audience Q&A

Chair: Professor Maggie Rae

Dr Emeka Chuks Okonji, Cancer Research UK Clinical Research Fellowand PhD Student, University of Cambridge

Professor Jim McManus

Dr Catherine Guy, Public Health Registrar, Hartlepool Borough Council

Dr Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard

Chris Thomas, Head, Commission on Health and Prosperity, Institute for Public Policy Research

Closing address

Professor Kevin Fenton CBE

Dr Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard

Professor Jim McManus

Professor Maggie Rae

Close of meeting



Registration for this event will close at 9:30am on Tuesday 9 May 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time.

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenters and RSM's discretion. 

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations. 

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.