Reducing health inequalities through digital
Reducing health inequalities through digital 

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The covid-19 pandemic highlighted several of the inequalities in health outcomes, experience and access that exists across the country. The uptake of digital solutions during the pandemic has also exacerbated another divide, potentially excluding those without access to digital services or the technical capability to utilise them.

However, digital can also be the solution to some of these problems. Facilitating information exchange between the NHS and it’s VCSE or local authority partners, finding ways to improve access to marginalised groups, or focusing on one of the key clinical areas outlined by NHS England’s Core20PLUS5 strategy are just a few of the opportunity areas.

Judges are looking for digital projects and services that are driving tangible improvements in access, experiences and outcomes for patients, carers, people and/or communities. Winners will display solid evidence of co-production with patients and demonstrate tangible impacts on what has made a difference to communities.


  • All NHS organisations (including providers, partnerships, and systems), General Practice and primary care organisations.
  • Evidence must relate to a project, ongoing or completed within the 2 years up until the award entry deadline.


  • Outline the health inequality area of concern, and the specific community or patient group this project aimed to improve access, experience and/or outcomes for.
  • Explain the project aims and what strategic thinking was done before bringing technology to the table – why was a digital solution required?
  • Define the intended measures of success and include detail the benchmarks used.


  • Describe how the project was seamlessly developed and deployed whilst retaining any existing services to minimise disruption to patients and staff.
  • Provide qualitative and quantitative evidence of improved patient access, experience and/or outcome for the previously specified community or patient group, ideally with supporting material.
  • Share any financial impacts of implementation, including evidence relating to value for money.


  • Discuss how this digital project has provided a boost to the wider strategy for reducing health inequalities within your organisation/system, and how it will achieve long-term sustainability.
  • Describe how the project has improved patient access, experience and/or outcomes in the target group.
  • Evidence any beneficial impacts on staff as a result of the project. This could be quantitative or qualitative.


  • Describe and provide testimonial evidence of the working relationship between the technology partner (if relevant) and the NHS organisation that enabled a genuinely co-produced product or service.
  • Share how relevant additional internal and external stakeholders were engaged and involved in the development and implementation of the initiative e.g. VCSEs and how successfully they adopted the new product or service.
  • Explain how patients, carers and communities were fully engaged in the co-design, planning and implementation of the product or service.


  • Describe and if possible, evidence how the learnings from the project have been shared across or beyond your organisation/system.
  • Discuss the scope for further replication or scaling up of this project in other settings.

Reducing health inequalities through digital 

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