About this event

  • Date and time Wed 11 Jan 2023 from 8:30am to 7:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine

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Tackling inequalities is of vital importance to improving health outcomes. Join top experts from healthcare, science and policy at this full-day conference, in partnership with NHS England.

Taking place at the Royal Society of Medicine in Central London, you’ll connect with the latest research and thinking on health inequalities, including at a networking event in the evening.

The conference will include key speakers and panel sessions in the morning. The panels will focus on the importance of the key clinical areas outlined in the Core20PLUS5 approach and the role of national organisations in reducing healthcare inequalities. In the afternoon there will be expert sessions, focusing on the five clinical areas of health inequalities and a session on prevention. These will be delivered by senior leads from NHS England and specialist leads from the Royal Society of Medicine.

This is a unique opportunity to network over drinks and a complimentary lunch with leaders in the tackling inequalities space, and specialists within the Core20PLUS5 medical sections.

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr Bola Owolabi, Director, Health Inequalities at NHS England
  • Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity

Core20PLUS5 is a national NHS England approach to support the reduction of health inequalities at both national and system levels.

A CPD certificate with 6 CPD credits will be issued to those joining the event. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the event to those who attend live.

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We would like to thank our sponsors and exhibitors for their support of this meeting:

Advanced Oxygen Therapy Inc. and Johnson & Johnson Customer Health

Please note that the main scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the companies listed above.


Professor Nik Patel


Dr Bola Owolabi

Tackling Health Inequalities in England - A selected chronology up to August 2022

Key speakers

Dr Bola Owolabi (2)

Dr Bola Owolabi

Director, National Healthcare Inequalities Team, NHS England

Speaker's biography

Dr Bola Owolabi MB BS MRCGP MSc HonMFPH is Director of the National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme at NHS England. 

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.  

Bola has held various leadership roles at local, system and national levels. She was until recently, National Specialty Advisor for Older People and Integrated Person Centred-Care at NHS England and Improvement where she led the Anticipatory Care Workstream of the National Ageing Well Programme. She has worked with teams across NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care as part of the Covid-19 Pandemic response. 

She is an alumnus of Ashridge Executive Education/Hult International Business School and holds a Master’s degree with distinction in Leadership (Quality Improvement). 

She holds an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership for Clinicians

Professor Sir Michael Marmot

Professor Sir Michael Marmot

Professor of Epidemiology, University College London, Director, University College London Institute of Health Equity

Speaker's biography

Professor Sir Michael Marmot has been Professor of Epidemiology at University College London since 1985. He is the author of The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world (Bloomsbury: 2015), and Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health (Bloomsbury: 2004). Professor Marmot is the Advisor to the WHO Director-General, on social determinants of health, in the new WHO Division of Healthier Populations; Distinguished Visiting Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong (2019-), and co-Director of the of the CUHK Institute of Health Equity. He is the recipient of the WHO Global Hero Award; the Harvard Lown Professorship (2014-2017); the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health (2015), and 19 honorary doctorates. Marmot has led research groups on health inequalities for nearly 50 years.  

He chaired the Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas, set up in 2015 by the World Health Organization’s Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO/ WHO) and chaired the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), which was set up by the World Health Organization in 2005, and produced the report entitled: ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’ in August 2008.  At the request of the British Government, he conducted the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010, which published its report 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' in February 2010. This was followed by the European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide, for WHO EURO in 2014; Health Equity in England: Marmot Review 10 Years On, in 2020; Build Back Fairer: the COVID-19 Marmot Review in 2021; and the Report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, for WHO EMRO, also in 2021.  


Professor Marmot also chaired the Expert Panel for the WCRF/AICR 2007 Second Expert Report on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective; the Breast Screening Review for the NHS National Cancer Action Team, and was a member of The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health.  Early in his career, he set up and led a number of longitudinal cohort studies on the social gradient in health in the UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health (where he was head of department for 25 years): the Whitehall II Studies of British Civil Servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality; the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), and several international research efforts on the social determinants of health.  

He served as President of the British Medical Association (BMA) in 2010-2011, and as President of the World Medical Association in 2015.  He is President of the British Lung Foundation.  He is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology; a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences; an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians.  He was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for six years and in 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen, for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities.  Professor Marmot is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine. 


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Professor Nik Patel, Consultant Cardiologist and Chairman of Academic Board, Royal Society of Medicine

Keynote speaker

Dr Bola Owolabi, Director of National Healthcare Inequalities Team, NHS England

Keynote speaker

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

Question and answers

Chair: Professor Gillian Leng CBE, Dean, Royal Society of Medicine

Case study: Lived experience session ‘more than a game’

Ms Tracey Lines, National Lead for Physical Activity, National Academy for Social Prescribing and Ms Sharon Dale, Health Manager, Derby County Community Trust 

Tea and coffee break
Panel discussion: The importance of the 5 key clinical areas

Chair: Dr Bola Owolabi

Panel: Ms Becki Hemming, Senior lead, Strategy, Cancer Programme NHS England, Dr Shahed Ahmad, National Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, NHS England, Professor Sanjay Agrawal, National Specialty Adviser for Tobacco Dependency, NHS England, Dr Sohail Munshi, Senior Clinical Sdvisor to Medical Director for Clinical Integration, NHS England and Senior Responsible Owner, Contact Count Programme, NHS England, Professor Tim Kendall, National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England and NHS Improvement and Ms Wendy Olayiwola, National Maternity Lead for Equality and Professional Midwifery Advocate, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Expert focus breakout sessions
Early cancer diagnosis

Ms Becki Hemming and Professor Chris Nutting, President, Oncology Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Consultant in Clinical Oncology, Royal Marsden Hospital

Hypertension case finding

Dr Shashi Khandavalli, Clinical Director, Chorley Central Primary Care Network and Clinical Advisor, Central Lancashire Integrated Care Partnership Determinants of Health and Dr Shahed Ahmad


Ms Wendy Olayiwola and Dr Misha Moore, Consultant Obstetrician, The Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust and National Speciality Advisor for Obstetrics, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Expert focus breakout sessions
Severe mental illness

Ms Misha Imtiaz, Deputy Head of Mental Health and National Programme Lead, Adult Community Mental Health, NHS England and Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE, Vice President, Royal Society of Medicine 


Mr Matthew Fagg, Director of Prevention Team, NHS England

Chronic respiratory disease

Dr Sohail Munshi and Dr Akanksha Mimi Malhotra, National Medical Director Fellow Alumni, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and Vice President, Respiratory Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Comfort break
Panel discussion: Role of national organisations in reducing healthcare inequalities

Chair: Dr Nicola Stingelin-Giles, Ethics Advisor, Associate Researcher, University of Basel, Institute for Bio- and Medical Ethics, Switzerland

Panel: Dr Habib Naqvi MBE, Director, NHS Race and Health Observatory, Professor Dame Helen Stokes Lampard, Chair, Academy Medical Royal Colleges, Ms Deborah O’Callaghan, Associate Director, National Institute of Health and Care Excellence and Mr Hashum Mahmood, Senior Policy Adviser for Population Health, NHS Confederation

Leadership and healthcare inequalities

Chair: Dr Aoife Molloy, Senior Clinical Advisor Healthcare Inequalities Improvement, NHS England

Panel: Professor Don Berwick, Former Administrator, Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Dr Dominique Allwood, Chief Medical Officer and Academic Health Science Network Deputy, University College London Partners 

Closing remarks

Dr Bola Owolabi and Professor Nik Patel

Drinks reception

We would like to thank Advanced Oxygen Therapy Inc for their sponsorship of the drinks reception



Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event will close on 10 January 2022 at 1:00am. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

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This conference is hosted in partnership with NHS England.

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