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Call for Evidence

The Health Inequalities Commission are calling for evidence for its inquiry into health inequalities in Oxfordshire.

Health inequalities are differences between people or groups due to social, geographical, biological or other factors. These differences have a huge impact, because they result in people who are worst off experiencing poorer health and shorter lives. The causes of health inequalities are complex, and include lifestyle factors—smoking, nutrition, exercise to name only a few—and also wider determinants such as poverty, housing and education.

The Commission has been asked by the Oxfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board to consider what actions could be implemented in Oxfordshire, which would result in a sustainable reduction in  health inequalities.  In particular, it will focus on how we can improve the delivery of health and social care functions, with a particular emphasis on

  • Reducing health inequalities across the lifecourse
  • Urban and rural living
  • The experiences of ethnic minority groups, and populations living in situations of particular disadvantage, e.g. homelessness, refugees, etc

In addition to this initial overview, the Commission plans to hold a small number of evidence sessions, focusing in greater depth on specific service areas or aspects of provision. If you have suggestions for an area of provision which warrants further consideration, please include details in your submission.

Written submissions

The Commission invites short written responses focusing particularly on the following topics:

Organisations and services:

  • What are the key things which need to be addressed to reduce health inequalities in your area of work? Where do you believe greater impact could be made?
  • What are the current gaps in provision?
  • What action needs to be taken to address health inequalities? Who would benefit from your proposed action?


  • What do you think are the key things which need to be addressed to reduce health inequalities in your community?
  • What are the current gaps in provision? Who is particularly effected by these gaps?
  • What do you think would help?

A questionnaire has been developed (see here for template for organisations and here for template for individuals) which you may find helpful in structuring your response.

Evidence should be submitted to  by the deadlines given below.  Please note the dates for the meetings in your diaries.   If you are asked to give verbal feedback, you will be contacted to confirm your availability at least one week prior to the event:

The Evidence Sessions will be held:

26 February, 9.30 to 12.30pm at Exeter Hall in Kidlington.

Beginning  Well: submissions are invited on pre conceptual care, maternity and childbirth , children and  young people’s health. Themes for consideration include early interventions such as early communication and nurturing, education:  schools, education and health literacy, as well as lifestyle interventions and prevention, e.g. smoking and promoting physical activity.

Deadline for submissions is 15 February.

7 March, 9.30 to 12.30pm at John Paul II Centre in Bicester.

Living Well: submissions are invited on topics such as the health of the working age population, living with diabetes and other chronic diseases, living with mental health challenges, living with learning disabilities, workplace health  and challenges associated with living on low incomes/income support.

Deadline for submissions is 27 February.

11 April, 9.30 to 12.30pm at the Rose Hill Centre in Oxford.

Ageing well’; submissions are invited on older people’s health including living with dementia.

Deadline for submissions is 29 March.

23 May, 9.30 to 12.30pm in the Council Chamber at Oxford Town Hall in Oxford.

Major cross cutting themes and challenges: submissions are invited on major cross cutting themes such as including housing, education, rural living, and poverty.

Deadline for submissions is 6 May.

For queries about how to submit evidence call 07919 346547 or send an email to

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