Inclusive recovery: tackling health inequalities when bringing down the elective backlog

15 Jun 2022
Theatre 2 - 1C
Driving recovery

The elective care backlog is at the highest it has ever been with over 6 million people waiting to receive care and treatment. The NHS is working at pace to carry out more elective care than ever before, but what impact is the waiting list having on existing health inequalities in communities? How are providers of care bringing down the large waiting lists while also focusing on wider health determinants, and why must the NHS prioritise health inequalities, not only reducing waiting lists?

This theatre session will discuss the impact of the elective care backlog on communities with multiple and complex health needs and will explore what systems are doing to address health inequalities.

Louise Ansari, National Director - Healthwatch England
Calum MacIver, Critical Systems Support Manager - Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
Gary Sainty, VCSE Programme Director - Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership
Mary Hill, Head of Policy, Healthcare Inequalities - NHS England and NHS Improvement
Peter Roderick, Consultant in Public Health - Vale of York CCg
Rachel Crossley, Specialty Registrar in Public Health - Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust