Older people dancing at a tea dance in Axminster

About the Conference

The purpose of the event is to encourage policy makers to adopt a different approach to the narrative of developing policies aimed at health inequalities in older people and to consider using a participatory approach to develop these policies. 

During the event we will discuss the challenges facing older people in England and Wales. You will have the opportunity to discuss your ideas for addressing these challenges.

We will also present and discuss findings from two community engagement research projects conducted in the South West. 

Our Research

Funded through GW4, two community engagement projects were designed and delivered. The findings from these will be presented at this conference and open for discussion. The project was led by Dr Nikki Coghill, Assistant Professor in Evidence Based Practice and Dr Jess Francombe-Webb, Associate Professor in Physical Culture, Sport and Health from the University of Bath, working in collaboration with Dr Martin O’Neil, Co-director of the Aging Health and Disease M.Sc in from Cardiff University School of Medicine, Dr Lindsey Anderson, Impact and Partnership Development Manager from the University of Exeter, and Stacey Pottinger, lead on community engagement. The research brought together findings from our three chosen communities working with, Emma Hamilton, Community Champion, Westfield, Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES); Cindy Furze, Community Champion, Axbridge, near Exeter, Devon; and Selena Lobina, Community Champion Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff.

The Topics

Although the programme is still being finalised we can confirm that the topics being addressed will include:
  • An overview of Health Inequalities in England and Wales.
  • Health Inequalities and Social Isolation in BME communities in the South West
  • Health inequalities in older people. The Welsh context
  • Social isolation in older people: why do we need policies to reflect this?
In addition to hearing from academics and experts on these topics you will also have the opportunity to hear from some of community members who drove the research in their local areas of Westfield (B&NES) Axminster (Nr Exeter)  and Merthyr Tydfil (Nr Cardiff)and to voice your thoughts during a breakout session.


If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch via email and we will do our best to respond as soon as possible.

Our Location

The University of Bath,
Claverton Down,
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Health inequalities in older people: A time for change