• The Health Foundation and the Institute of Health Equity (IHE) are working on an analysis of health inequalities in England and update of the Marmot Review to be published in February 2020, on the 10-year anniversary of the Marmot Review.
  • The new report, Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years on, will examine progress in addressing health inequalities in England and propose recommendations for future action.

The landmark Marmot Review: Fair Society, Healthy Lives was published in February 2010 and outlined the scale of health inequalities in England and the actions required to reduce them.

The report highlighted the need to take action across the social determinants of health, and called for progress to be made on a clear set of policy objectives. However, life expectancy is stalling, after steady increases for the past 100 years, and health inequalities are widening.

The Health Foundation and the IHE are working together to examine how health inequalities have changed and what progress has been made on tackling the social determinants of health. The review, led by Professor Sir Michael Marmot, will recommend practical proposals for action at national, regional and local level by:

  • assessing national and local actions on the social determinants of health
  • considering how effective these approaches have been in improving health and reducing inequalities
  • undertaking a ‘deep dive’ analysis into some aspects of the key social determinants of health, including in early years and education; work and income; and housing, places, and communities
  • examining societal trends affecting health inequalities since 2010.

What’s next?

Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On will report in February 2020 to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of the Marmot Review: Fair Society, Healthy Lives.

In the meantime, the IHE and the Health Foundation will be working closely with a range of stakeholders - including academics and experts, those working at a national and local level to address health inequalities, practitioners and policymakers - to help shape the direction of the work and develop practical recommendations for action.

Contacts

Tim Elwell-Sutton
Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships (Healthy Lives)
Tim.Elwell-Sutton@health.org.uk

Jessica Allen
Deputy Director, Institute of Health Equity
Jessica.allen@ucl.ac.uk

Media contact

Grace Everest
External Affairs Manager (Stakeholder Relations)
grace.everest@health.org.uk

Further information

The UCL Institute of Health Equity was established in 2011 and is led by Professor Sir Michael Marmot. Since 2011, the Institute has led and collaborated on activities and advocacy address the social determinants of health and improve health equity.

The Health Foundation are continuing to implement our long-term strategy to bring about better health for people in the UK. Read our strategy Healthy lives for people in the UK.

Find out more about our work in adopting a social determinants approach to improve health with our quick guide What makes us healthy? An introduction to the social determinants of health.

The UCL Institute of Health Equity has led and collaborated on the following works to address the social determinants of health and improve health equity: the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health; Fair Society Healthy Lives (The Marmot Review); the PAHO Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas; and a Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide for the WHO European Region.

IHE has also developed multiple evidence reviews, practical resources and online materials for a wide range of sectors internationally and within the UK and England to make the case and support action on the social determinants of health.

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