South West London is diverse in its population and health needs across the six boroughs. However, there are differences for residents across South West London when it comes to access, experience and outcomes of health and care services and treatments.
Some population groups are at greater risk of long term health conditions, or are at higher risk of death of certain health conditions due to social and economic factors like where they live, their income status, race, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation. These health inequalities have come to the fore since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and are at risk of worsening with the cost-of-living crisis.
Our aim is for South West London to be a fairer and healthier place to live and/or work. Sometimes, using the same approach for all population groups doesn’t necessarily mean equal opportunities for all. Therefore, we aim to achieve health equity by addressing avoidable, unfair and systematic differences amongst specific population groups, so that everyone can attain their full potential for health and well-being.
Projects and programmes are underway across the system to tackle this, and we are working closely with our partners across the system to achieve our aim.
The difference between equality and equity
Equality is about sameness. It promotes fairness and justice by giving everyone the same thing. But it can only work if everyone starts from the same place.
Equity is about fairness. It’s about making sure people get access to the same opportunities. Sometimes our differences and/or history can create barriers to participation, so we must first ensure equity before we can enjoy equality.
How we’re making a difference
If you would like to get involved in our work to reduce health inequalities in South West London email us at [email protected]
Find out more about how you can get involved in our work on the Get Involved pages.