UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


Future Forums: a policy workshop on healthcare inequalities

13 September 2023

On the 12th of September, the Policy Impact Unit ran its first Futures Forum in collaboration with the Institute of Healthcare Engineering (IHE), on the topic of health inequalities.

A table of participants take part in a discussion

The session presented an opportunity for researchers across UCL to discuss with policymakers ways in which their work is relevant for the future of health inequalities. Conversely, it enabled policymakers to dedicate some time thinking about potential evidence gaps to address health inequalities in years to come. Attendees discussed the opportunities, as well as limitations, of new technology in addressing health inequalities.

A whiteboard with case studies on it
Individuals from a range of institutions attended the event, including the NHS, local authorities, learned societies and think tanks (such as the Physiological Society, British Heart Foundation, Health Foundation and Ada Lovelace Foundation), as well as researchers from the IHE and across UCL.


The next steps will include the preparation of a report detailing the discussions that took place and more focused policy engagement activities in the area of health inequalities.

We encourage anyone who has an interest in this area to reach out, but also if you have a policy area you would like to explore using our ‘Futures Forum’ format.

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