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Health inequalities in cardiovascular and respiratory disease: a Clinical Policy Unit workshop

The Clinical Policy Unit at NHS England / NHS Improvement is responsible for the design and development of clinical policy to support delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan, specifically the new clinical priority areas of stroke, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease.

The Clinical Policy Unit leads the national Cardiovascular and respiratory disease programme, and as outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan, they have a number of interventions they plan to implement over the next 5-10 years to improve prevention, treatment and rehabilitation for people with these conditions.

One of the reasons for the programme is the growing health inequalities gap, particularly in deprived populations, for people with cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease. They wish to ensure that they are considering all approaches to support these specific populations to access diagnostics and complete treatment and rehabilitation.

To help shape this work, they are holding a workshop bringing together patients, clinicians and representatives from voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to look at how we address health inequalities for people with cardiovascular and respiratory disease. They are keen to hear from people with experience of working with marginalised communities and facilitate a focused discussion on how can improve access to services and better engage people in their healthcare.

The workshop will take place on 28 November 2019 at The St George’s Centre, Leeds.

If you would like to attend or require any more information, please email england.clinicalpolicy@nhs.net