Tackling Health Inequalities
The Centre for Public Scrutiny has a very successful Health Inequalities Programme that is now in its 4th year. The programmes initial aim was to understand the potential and value of scrutiny in better understanding local health concerns and set out to demonstrate the active and vital role that it can have in helping Councils and their partners narrow gaps in health inequalities. With funding from the Department of Health, the Health Inequalities Scrutiny Programme was created develop innovative solutions to long-standing inequalities.
The programme has moved on considerably over time – developing scrutiny as an effective public health tool and showing the value that using scrutiny can bring.
The programme has had three phases:
Phase one of the programme concluded in March 2011 with the publication of Peeling the Onion
Phase two – concluded in March 2012, with the publication of “Tipping the scales” that showcased a new way of doing a scrutiny review that demonstrated the impact of the review
Phase three – concluded May 2013, having worked with Inclusion Health team at the department of health – using scrutiny to understand the health inequalities of the most vulnerable in our communities. The learning has been published in 'Valuing Inclusion -demonstraing the value of council scrutiny in tackling inequalities.'
For more information, you can contact;
Su Turner, Principal Consultant,