Health inequalities

The health inequalities clinical priority programme aims to set the highest standards for general practice through ensuring GPs in deprived practices can be empowered to systematically address inequalities during their day to day work. This will be achieved through a focus on lobbying for greater attention of health inequalities as a key priority for family medicine, developing guidance for commissioning, producing examples of quality improvement techniques and developing a portfolio of educational resources through assessing the skill set needed by GPs in deprived areas.

Find out more about the RCGP's policy work around Health Inequalities here.


  • Tackling inequalities in health outcomes in Greater Manchester - The Oglesby Charitable Trust (OCT), March 2013
    This paper provides the context for a health initiative of the Oglesby Charitable Trust to address inequalities in health outcomes in the Greater Manchester area.  It is intended to identify options for discussion with agencies and through those discussions build consensus and co-operation around an issue, approach and outcomes.

Useful articles

  • BMC Medical Education - Core intended learning outcomes for tackling health inequalities in undergraduate medicine - Andrea E Williamson, Richard Ayres, Jessica Allen and Una Macleod
    Despite there being a concerted effort in recent years to influence what doctors can do to tackle health inequalities in the UK, there has been limited policy focus on what undergraduate students need to learn at medical school in preparation for this. This project led by members of the Health Inequalities Group of the Royal College of General Practitioners in collaboration with the Institute of Health Equity, University College London sought to fill this gap. These intended learning outcomes about health inequalities represent the best available evidence to date for colleagues seeking to develop core undergraduate medical curricula on the topic.

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