The Health Equalities Award
The social and economic environment in which we are born, grow up, live, work and age, as well as the decisions we make for ourselves and our families collectively have a bigger impact on our health than health care alone. We know there is more we can do to prevent or delay ill health and treat people quicker.
This award is for an individual or organisation that helps the NHS to do its bit by bringing together different groups and organisations to reduce health inequalities and prevent ill health in their community.
This could be through:
- developing new services for groups that traditionally struggle to access the NHS;
- working with partners to plan services across an area to improve the health and wellbeing of those who suffer poorer outcomes – rather than on picking up the pieces afterwards;
- finding new ways to identify and tackle unwarranted variation; or
- implementing new ways to cut emissions, energy use or waste to create a greener, healthier community.