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Health Inequalities National Support Team

The Health Inequalities National Support Team (HINST) is part of the Government’s programme to support local areas to promote equality and tackle inequalities in access to healthcare, contributing to the vision of a “better NHS that ... reduces inequalities in care”.

The HINST has visited over 50 areas formerly known as ‘spearheads’ – the 20% of areas in England with the worst health and deprivation. The team supports local partners to reduce inequalities in health by focusing on a systematic and scaled up approach to commissioning and delivering interventions that will make a difference to health at a population level. The approach uses a diagnostic model for systematic analysis of the contributors to commissioning effective health outcomes, and a series of workshops drilling down to the contributors of the health inequalities gap as it relates to the local area.   

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