Reducing health inequalities is central to the work of both Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England (NHSE). In addition, both organisations together with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have a legal duty to “have regard to the need to reduce inequalities between the people of England” as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Successfully reducing health inequalities, requires collaboration and effort across society with organisations working together to ensure they understand what health inequalities are, whether they are inadvertently increasing inequalities and making sure their efforts make it easier for people to make healthy choices, access services and protect their own health.

NHSE and PHE value working with local authority colleagues and elected members to tackle the health inequality issues that most affect their communities: transport, employment, physical activity, healthy eating, and access to open spaces are all areas that can impact on people’s health for good or bad.

The voluntary and community sector plays a vital role in reducing health inequalities – supporting people individually and also helping communities develop their own skills and assets to address local issues.

Voluntary and community sector strategic partners

LGB&T partnership member organisations:

Department of Health Strategic Partners

The Strategic Partnership Programme allows voluntary sector organisations to work in equal partnership with the Department of Health (DH), NHS and Social Care to help shape and deliver policies and programmes, for the benefit of the sector and improved health and well-being outcomes.

Local Authority


NHS Clinical Commissioners

NHS Clinical Commissioners is the membership organisation of clinical commissioning groups. Its job is to help you get the best healthcare and health outcomes for your communities and patients

The Learning Environment

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 login.

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.