Rehabilitation, recovery and reducing health inequity: easing the pain

This report raises awareness of health inequities in rehabilitation and recovery services across the UK

The gap in healthy life expectancy is being driven by the increasing numbers of people managing a long-term condition (LTC) and, increasingly more than one – known as multi-morbidity.

This situation affects a higher proportion of the population facing systemic discrimination and marginalisation, and those experiencing higher levels of deprivation.

Report findings 

  • Prevention campaigns are badly targeted and referral rates for those who do develop a health condition are inconsistent.
  • At every stage marginalised communities face barriers to accessing high-quality recovery and rehabilitation services, including through societal discrimination, lack of cultural competence or communication barriers.
  • A lack of consistent data is damaging the ability of health services to provide rehabilitation that meets needs.
  • Without high-quality rehabilitation a patient experiences a downward spiral, and the prevalence of one LTC can often lead to multiple conditions.

Report recommendations

The CSP is calling on all UK governments to fulfil their commitments to address inadequate rehabilitation services and disparities in healthy life expectancy.

The report includes recommendations for Integrated Care Boards in England, Health Boards in Scotland and Wales, and Integrated Care Systems in Northern Ireland to ensure rehabilitation services and health inequity plans are developed and implemented with the priority they require. 

Download the report to read the recommendations.

PowerPoint presentation

You can also download our powerpoint presentation. It includes key findings and recommendations for England, Scotland, NI and Wales from the report, and can be used when you are promoting the report and influencing stakeholders.