Leadership skills for health inequalities

This section will focus on skills and knowledge that are important in the role of non-executive board members when considering, addressing and tackling health inequalities.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this section you will

be able to describe different skills in knowledge that are important in the role of non-executive board members, including

  • decision making
  • influencing
  • governance
  • collaborative and integrated working
  • community and place-based approach

Decision making

Peter Murray, NHS Lothian, explains how to develop non-executive decision making skills.  Peter discusses the importance of collaborative decision making and the positive impact non-executive board members' decisions can have on addressing inequalities.


Call to action

Outline how you will address health inequalities when making decisions as part of your leadership role.


Ann Pascoe, NHS Highland, explains how to positively influence others and demonstrate leadership as part of the role of non-executive board member.


Call to action

Consider how you would engage and influence community partners and individuals to understand the needs of service users. 


Non-executive board members and leaders are required to exercise a degree of governance to ensure tackling health inequalities is kept high up the agenda.  Leaders need to govern and scrutinise their board’s actions so they can hold them to account when necessary.  This will help to ensure their organisation develops fairer strategic plans and policies to address health inequalities.

Margaret Morris, NHS Lanarkshire, explains the importance of governance to the role of non-executive board members.


Find out more about Governance

Call to action

What steps would you take to hold your organisation to account, ensuring that they focus resources where they are most needed?

Collaborative and integrated working

Fiona Moss, Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership, discusses the impact of working in partnership with others.  This includes local authorities and third sector organisations, to help tackle health inequalities.


Michael Fuller, NHS Lanarkshire, explains the importance of integrated working for non-executive board members and how you can work in a more integrated way.


Call to action

Seek out the learning from initiatives, partnerships, practices and collaborative efforts that have been effective in reducing health inequalities.

Community and place-based approach

Where we spend our time has an important effect on our lives. Improving the quality of places and the opportunities we have access to can support our health and wellbeing, tackle inequalities, and improve our environment.

Understanding what is good about a place now, and what could be better, can help us make good decisions.  This would enable us to target resources where they are needed most. The climate emergency we are facing means it is more important than ever for us to think about how we can make our places more sustainable, for both people and the environment.  

Find out more about Place

Find out more about Communities

Call to action

Undertake a health inequalities, equalities, human rights or place standard impact assessment to help inform service improvement and influence change.


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    Last modified: Monday, 14 December 2020, 2:31 PM