CFH2a KIT - Case studies of local NHS equity indicator trends: Have some NHS areas tackled health inequality more effectively than others, and if so how?

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Professor Cookson and colleagues at the University of York have developed new indicators of fairness in healthcare, routinely used by NHS England since August 2016. These indicators show how well your local NHS area is succeeding in reducing health inequalities compared to similar local NHS areas. The indicators focus on how far disadvantaged people with long-term health problems are more likely to suffer emergency hospital admissions that could potentially have been avoided. However, it is not known why some areas appear to be getting steadily better at reducing health inequality, whilst others appear to be getting steadily worse. In-depth case study work is required to investigate these apparent trends, to identify what may be causing them at local level and learn quality improvement lessons. We will focus in-depth on a small number of areas but the quality improvement findings will assist all areas in improving quality, reducing cost and enhancing fairness throughout the NHS. This work will help achieve further impact for University of York work in developing NHS equity indicators, beyond merely altering how the NHS conducts data analysis around health inequalities and towards actually changing how healthcare is delivered and thereby improving patient health outcomes.
Effective start/end date30/09/1830/09/19

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