Identifying the gap

Understanding the drivers of inequality in public health
Identifying the gap: Understanding the drivers of inequality in public health

Our second report in our future of public health series provides insights into the historical challenges and approaches taken to tackle the ‘wicked problems’ affecting public health.

The remit of public health is diverse and far-reaching and understanding the political, social and economic drivers affecting public health, including lessons learned from COVID-19, is crucial if the UK is to avoid repeating past mistakes.

Our report examines the what, who and why of public health and the importance of learning the lessons from the past. Key findings include the need for: longer-term funding and commissioning cycles, investment in the public health workforce; and for public health to be recognised and valued as an integral part of the integrated care system.

“Public health challenges are highly complex and require targeted and cross functional responses, collaboration and partnerships, and more certainty of funding, including longer commissioning cycles.”
Karen Taylor Head of the Deloitte UK Centre for Health Solutions

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Identifying the gap: Understanding the drivers of inequality in public health

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Key contacts

Sara Siegel

Health and Social Care Sector Leader

Karen Taylor

Director, UK Centre for Health Solutions

Karen Kirkham

Partner and Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Lead Partner for Integrated Care, UK Health and Social Care

Samrina Bhatti

Samrina Bhatti

Manager, UK Centre for Health Solutions