A renewed focus on inequalities

Both nationally and locally there is currently a drive to address inequalities. The pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities as well as highlighted new ones.

NHS England has directly asked that we work collaboratively with local communities and partners to take action to protect the most vulnerable from COVID-19, with enhanced analysis and community engagement , to mitigate the risks associated with relevant protected characteristics and social and economic conditions; and better engage those communities who need most support.

North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG has appointed Dr Peter Bibawy (right) as Clinical Chief for Inequalities. This role will have a specific focus on how we best address health inequalities, working closely with our partners in the local government, other public services, the voluntary sector and local communities.

Partnership workshop and report

On 6th October 2020 a virtual workshop was held with a wide range of local stakeholders including County, Borough and District Council representatives, CCG staff , voluntary sector , charity and community leaders, Local Healthwatch and Primary Care Network (PCN) Clinical Directors representing local GP Practices to discuss how we can work together to address inequalities in North East Hampshire and Farnham.

The session was chaired by Kathy Atkinson, CCG Lay Member who introduced Dr Peter Bibawy, Clinical Chief for Inequalities and Patricia Hughes, Joint Chief Executive of Hart District Council. They set the scene and presented their shared ambition around partnership working to address inequalities. A range of presentations followed from Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS), Public Health Hampshire, North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG and Rushmoor Borough Council. Each sharing current data, good practice cases studies and emerging work and priorities. All of the presentations are available on request.

The second part of the workshop was dedicated to conversations on two key areas: principles and ways of working and barriers and practical solutions. You can access a full report and outcomes of this workshop here.

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