Practice examples

This page provides practical examples of how local systems have taken action to help reduce health inequalities.

Clinical commissioning groups and local authorities share responsibility for reducing health inequalities by addressing priorities and outcomes in local Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) and Health and Wellbeing Strategies. Other system partners including third sector organisations can also play a role in reducing health inequalities.

NHS Right Care

The NHS Right Care site includes examples of local practice in commissioning innovations which may help to support reductions in health inequalities.

National Support Team on Health Inequalities

Work books developed by the National Support Team on Health Inequalities also include case studies from the health system before 2012.

The learning environment (NHS)

NHS England with the NHS Commissioning Assembly (now NHS Clinical Commissioners) set up a Learning Environment where CCGs can upload case studies on action that they have taken. This includes action to reduce health inequalities.

You will need to register on the learning environment website to log in.

You can then search under case studies, using the broad term health inequalities or a specific focus – such as social prescribing to find examples of action.

The knowledge hub (LGA)

You can register to join at the LGA knowledge hub website.

This includes posted resources and forums related to improving health and wellbeing reducing health inequalities including those related to specific social determinants like employment and income.

Call for examples

We are gathering examples of local work to address health inequalities. This is a great opportunity to showcase the work going on in different communities.

We invite examples under the following themes:

  • Reducing variation in access to or quality of services – For example services focussed on specific diseases or conditions, such as diabetes, atrial fibrillation, hypertension, and psychological therapies
  • Improving social determinants of health – For example, employment, welfare advice and housing
  • Engaging local staff in national and local interventions – For example, the Healthy Child Programme
  • Supporting healthy  behaviours among individuals – Describing how groups that tend to have poorer health behaviours have been supported to make positive
  • Partnership working and strategy development – Showing how partners have worked together to deliver a strategic approach to reducing health inequalities
  • Engaging communities – For example in service design or redesign, or prioritisation

Read the guidance on submitting examples, and send your examples to: