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RSM to launch major programme on health inequalities with special conference

Please note: Following the death of our patron Her Majesty The Queen, the Royal Society of Medicine and NHS England have taken the decision to postpone this event. Our intention is to reschedule this important conference ​as soon as possible.

NHS England and NHS Improvement Director – Health Inequalities, Dr Bola Owolabi, will give a keynote address at a special conference to launch a major Royal Society of Medicine initiative on tackling health inequalities, announced today (Tuesday 8 March 2022).

The event in June is a partnership between the RSM and NHS England and NHS Improvement, bringing together experts and those working in healthcare and related fields. It will be the first significant event as part of the RSM’s new, multi-year programme: Tackling Inequalities.

COVID-19 has shone a harsh light on some of the inequalities that persist in our society. With that, addressing health inequalities has moved firmly up the priority list of leaders in the NHS, the wider healthcare sector, the community and in business.

The inaugural RSM ‘Tackling Inequalities’ conference will focus on Core20Plus5, an NHS England and Improvement approach designed to support integrated care systems to drive targeted action in health inequalities improvement.

At the all-day event, to be held at the Royal Society of Medicine on 23 June 2022, Dr Bola Owolabi and other key speakers, including Professor Sir Michael Marmot, will discuss how a collaborative approach to addressing healthcare inequalities and focusing on specific measurable actions can make a real difference to the life chances of many people who have been underserved for a long time.

Register your interest for the Tackling Inequalities conference.

About Dr Bola Owolabi

Dr Bola Owolabi MB BS DFFP MRCGP MSc is Director – Health Inequalities at NHS England and NHS Improvement. She works as a General Practitioner in the Midlands.

Dr Owolabi has particular interests in reducing health inequalities through Integrated Care Models, Service Transformation and using data & insights for Quality Improvement.

Dr Owolabi 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/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 has a Masters degree with distinction in Leadership (Quality Improvement).

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

Dr Owolabi is a Generation Q Fellow of the Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.

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