About this event

  • Date and time Thu 26 Nov 2020 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Medicine and Society

Health inequalities are deep, persistent and hard to change. Solutions call for systemic changes at an organisation level, whole-system partnerships and investment. What can we do to address health inequality as individuals working in healthcare?

This webinar brings together a multidisciplinary faculty of speakers to highlight the ways individual healthcare professionals can help to reduce health inequality, despite their prevalence.

Public Health England analysis demonstrates that COVID-19 has illuminated and exacerbated health inequalities that have been present for decades. Some groups such as BAME communities or those living in deprived areas have a higher chance of contracting and dying from the virus. The suspension of some care services also resulted in worsening inequalities in other clinical outcomes.

With this in mind, we will explore what healthcare professionals can do to address inequalities that might be worsened by measures put in place during the pandemic.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Understand the ways healthcare practice can inadvertently perpetuate health inequality (such as inappropriate access rules)
  • Consider the ways healthcare professionals can make a sustainable impact on health inequality as individuals
  • Learn about risk stratification
  • Value the use of data and curiosity to reduce inequalities

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We would like to thank our sponsor Takeda for their support of this webinar. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsor.

Key speakers

Dr Chad Hockey

Clinical Director, North Hammersmith & Fulham Primary Care Network and GP

Speaker's biography

Dr Chad Hockey is a GP in White City, West London and the Clinical Director for North Hammersmith & Fulham Primary Care Network. He also works for his local Training Hub and in this capacity has set up two community-based initiatives designed to support grassroots approaches to address health inequity. QSIR is a nationally accredited, NHSEI supported educational program designed to support people wanting to undertake practical, small-scale change projects. He set this up to run inter-organisationally and has now trained over 300 people from health, social care and voluntary sector organizations across NW London.


He also designed and delivers a 'Deep End' program that targets areas of health inequity, includes health, social care and community groups, and connects people as part of a community of practice. This involves attending a curriculum-based series of practically focused workshops that explore perspectives and address challenges common to living and working in more deprived communities.

Samira Ben Omar

Samira Ben Omar

Assistant Director of Equalities, NHS North West London

Speaker's biography

Samira has over 20 years experience of working in grassroots community and voluntary, public health, local authority and NHS commissioning sectors.


She founded and led on various Transformation, Behaviour Change and peer support programmes the development of the Community Champions Programme and the Community Voices: Conversations for Change, community asset-based model of health and wellbeing; prior roles include worked as Assistant Director of Patient Experience and Equalities for CWHHE CCGs and Head of System Change in the Integrated Care System for North West London Collaboration of CCGs.


She is currently working as Assistant Director of Equalities for the North West London Collaboration of CCGs.

Michelle Gavin

Michelle Gavin

Projects Manager, Friends, Families and Travellers

Speaker's biography

Michelle Gavin has been working for Friends Families and Travellers since January 2010. She is a founder member of GAIT (Gypsy and Irish Travellers association South East England).

Her current role at FFT is as a Projects Manager. Michelle is interested in working with Gypsies and Travellers at the grass roots in order to get their voices heard. Michelle manages commissioned Health and community development projects pan Sussex.

She is also a tutor and delivers the RSPH Level 1 and 2 qualifications to the Community in Understanding Health Improvement and Behaviour change. She writes expert witness statements for Gypsy Traveller planning cases and is a key speaker as well as a trainer.

April Wareham

Director, Working with Everyone 

Speaker's biography

April Wareham has personal and lived experience of marginalisation and has been involved in community projects for most of her life.


She is currently an independent consultant and trainer, as well as a Trustee of SMMGP and FDAP. She is a founder member of Working with Everyone, a national service that prioritises lived experience to bring about system/culture change in order to improve outcomes for everyone, particularly the most vulnerable in society.


She is currently the project lead for Citizens on the Margins, an engagement project co-produced with NHS England and NHS Improvement and aims to engage with marginalised communities in a meaningful way, with the overall aim of reducing health inequalities and improving individual outcomes


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Dr Robina Shah, President, RSM Medicine and Society Section

Health Inequity: Changing how we change things

Dr Chad Hockey, Clinical Director for North Hammersmith & Fulham North Care Network 

Leading From the Front: Community Voices, Conversations for Change?

Ms Samira Ben Omar, Assistant Director for Equality, North West London Collaboration of CCGs 

Practical interventions which can make a change

Ms Michelle Gavin, Projects Manager at Friends, Families and Travellers 

Whose lens is it anyway?

Ms April Wareham, Director of Working with Everyone 

Building back better

Ms Rachel Power, Chief Executive, Patients Association – sponsored session by Takeda

Panel Discussion
Closing remarks and close of meeting

Dr Robina Shah 




Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

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