Health inequalities policy development

Pharmacists in all settings provide a vast array of health care services, many with a direct impact on health inequalities. However, patients most affected by health inequalities do not always engage well enough to address their health needs.

To change this, we're developing a policy to help pharmacists, and pharmacy teams, identify and address aspects of their practice which may contribute to health inequalities. Initial scoping work with experts in the field and a fantastic session at our annual conference have already helped members to share their views.

If you would like to contribute to this important work, complete our short online survey.


This survey closes on Monday, 5 December at 9am.

Identified themes

Understanding your population

  • Stigma
  • Poverty
  • Language.

Understanding your own bias

  • Do you treat anyone differently, or automatically expect them to behave in a certain way, because of what you think you know about them? This can be difficult to do and sometimes uncomfortable to acknowledge.

Enablers to reducing Health Inequalities

  • Digital
  • Digital also covers Knowledge & data
  • Tailored services
  • Collaborative working
  • Education
  • Empowering patients.

Complete the survey

What areas need to change to improve services provision and improve access for patients? And what else should the policy include?


This survey closes on Monday, 5 December at 9am.