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The conference

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

In March 2022, the Royal Society of Medicine launched a multi-year ‘Tackling Inequalities' programme. The inaugural Tackling Inequalities conference, in partnership with NHS England, will focus on Core20PLUS5, an approach designed to support Integrated Care Systems to drive targeted action in healthcare inequalities improvement.

This will be a full-day conference taking place at the Royal Society of Medicine in Central London, with 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.

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Keynote speakers

Dr Bola Owolabi - DarkerGrey

Dr Bola Owolabi

Director - Health Inequalities at NHS England

Dr Owolabi has particular interests in reducing health inequalities through Integrated Care Models, Service Transformation and using data and insights for Quality Improvement. She has held various leadership roles at local, system and national levels. Until recently, Dr Owolabi was National Specialty Advisor for Older People and Integrated Person Centred Care at NHS England where she led the Anticipatory Care Workstream of the National Ageing Well Programme. She has worked with teams across NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care, as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response. 


Sir Micheal Marmott - DarkerGrey

Professor Sir Michael Marmot

Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity

Professor Marmot is the author of The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world and Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health. He is also 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 and co-Director of the of the CUHK Institute of Health Equity. 

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Key information

Date: 11 January 2023

Time: 8.30am - 7.00pm. This includes a networking event at 5pm.

Location: 1 Wimpole Street, London

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Our partners

This conference is hosted in partnership with NHS England.

If you are interested in becoming a partner for this conference or other activities which are part of our ‘Tackling Inequalities’ initiative, please contact

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