Health inequalities in Merseyside have long been a topic for public debate. Despite significant media attention there has been little progress over the years. This round table discussion brings together experts from public health, academia and representatives from charitable organisations to explore why progress in this area is so slow and what can be done about it.
David Taylor-Robinson is Professor of Public Health and Policy and Honorary Consultant in Child Public Health at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. He led the child health component of the Due North Inquiry on Health Equity for the North (2014) and holds the current MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship (2017-21) which is entitled “Reducing inequalities in child health: understanding pathways, interventions and policies.”
Andrew Woods heads up the Statutory Accountability Service for the Merseyside Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG). The service supports CCGs to make lawful decisions that consider equalities, health inequalities, and involve and consult with key stakeholders on commissioning decisions. The service currently works with and monitors the 12 key trusts across Merseyside.
Julie Webster is currently the Acting Director for Health and Wellbeing for Wirral Council. She is responsible for monitoring and improving the health status of local people, advising on strategies to reduce inequalities, identifying health needs, developing programmes to reduce risk and the provision of public health evidence and expertise to support commissioning of services.
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