Challenging Health Inequalities

According to the Health and Social Care Act 2012, each CCG must, in the exercise of its functions, have regard to the need to reduce inequalities. Indeed, health inequalities are currently estimated to cost the NHS a total of at least £20 billion each year so it is imperative to harness the influence of each CCG to challenge where health inequalities can be reduced and greater equality established.

This guide, ‘Challenging Health Inequalities- Support for CCGs‘, aims to help identify areas of variation in avoidable emergency admissions in more and less deprived CCGs as an indicator of inequality and to promote a discussion where variation occurs. The interactive heat map is designed to enable visual exploration of the data over time.

The Chronic Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions Tool provides a comparison of CCGs with their “Similar 10” CCGs, as used by NHS RightCare. Neighbourhoods with large rates of avoidable emergency admissions can be identified as areas in which inequality needs to be addressed.

This work is intended to support the CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework (IAF) health inequalities data on the myNHS website