Health Equity Audits (HEAs)
HEAs are used to determine how fairly services and/or resources are distributed in relation to health need in different groups and the cycle is not complete until changes have been implemented that are likely to reduce inequalities. This might include changes to resource allocation, commissioning, service provision or care outcomes.
NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County undertake health equity audits across a range of services.
For example, a Diabetic Retinopathy Health Equity Audit has been undertaken. The aim of this health equity audit was to determine if there are gaps in service uptake in relation to the population at risk and make recommendations, informed by the research literature and service user views, to improve uptake. By reducing inequalities in screening uptake fewer people will be at risk of diabetic blindness across Derbyshire County and Derby City.
The findings of this audit are detailed in the Diabetic Retinopathy Health Equity Audit report.
An action plan has been developed to take forward key recommendations arising from the audit.
If you have any suggestions on how the accessibility of either the Diabetic Retinopathy screening service or any other screening or immunisation service could be improved, please contact Linda Syson-Nibbs - firstname.lastname@example.org