Further resources


What is already happening?

The following section provides more examples of where change is already taking place. The initiatives listed here span efforts across national and local government – as well as the private and voluntary sectors.

National government

The Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015: An act that makes health a prerequisite for all policy. Proposals must demonstrate tangible benefits for the health and wellbeing of current and future generations. This integrated approach will maximise health promotion and increase understanding among the public that health is influenced by multiple determinants in different sectors.

Find out more: http://thewaleswewant.co.uk/sites/default/files/150623-guide-to-the-fg-act-en.pdf

Minimum unit price for alcohol (Scotland) 2018: Legislation for a minimum unit price for alcohol, to help cut alcohol-related deaths and reduce hospital admissions.

Find out more: www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2012/4/contents/enacted

Soft drinks industry levy (UK) 2018: A levy to target the producers and importers of soft drinks with added sugar, to help protect people from tooth decay, obesity and diabetes.

Find out more: www.gov.uk/guidance/soft-drinks-industry-levy

The Smoking (Northern Ireland) Order 2006: Smoke-free legislation that makes it illegal to smoke in workplaces, on public transport and in many enclosed public spaces.

Find out more: www.legislation.gov.uk/nisi/2006/2957/contents


Local government

Coventry City Council: A council that has partnered with Public Health England and the Institute of Health Equity to work together as a ‘Marmot City’ and reduce inequalities in Coventry. This involves taking action on the social determinants of health and ensuring health, social value and asset-based approaches are reflected in everything the council does.

Find out more: www.coventry.gov.uk/downloads/download/4171/coventry_a_marmot_city

Wigan Council: A council that is thinking outside the box to engage residents and community groups through an informal agreement between the council and the people who live and work there. Through this agreement – known as The Deal – it is co-designing public services to make Wigan a better place to live.

Find out more: www.wigan.gov.uk/Docs/PDF/Council/The-Deal/The-Deal-Brochure.pdf


Voluntary sector

Shelter: Alongside charities like the Health Foundation, non-health charities and those that aren’t pursuing a health-focused mission are still helping to support and improve people’s health. Shelter helps millions of people every year who are struggling with poor housing and homelessness, and monitors health outcomes of its clients.

Citizen’s Advice: A charity that provides holistic and tailored support, helping people with a range of problems such as managing debt, or dealing with housing and employment issues. Citizen’s Advice has used a New Economy Tool to estimate the impact of its work on health.

Find out more about how non-health charities can address the social determinants of health:





Bromley by Bow Health Partnership: An innovative community organisation in east London, working in one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK. It supports families, young people and adults to learn new skills, improve their health and wellbeing, find employment and develop confidence to achieve their goals. The partnership is considered a flagship example of community led regeneration.

Find out more: www.bbbhp.co.uk



People’s Health Trust: Invests in resident-led approaches to address underlying structural causes of health inequalities. Its long-term engagement programme, Local Conversations, makes the most of local residents’ skills and wisdom by putting them in control of the design, development and action in their neighbourhood.

Find out more: www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

Big Lottery Fund: A funder that gives grants to organisations in the UK to help improve their communities.

Find out more: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk


Businesses and employers

Timpsons: A company that employs ex-offenders and those from marginalised groups. It provides good pay and flexible working conditions related to work hours, childcare, sabbaticals and study leave, to support the physical and mental wellbeing of those who face significant barriers to the workplace.

Find out more: www.timpson.co.uk/about/careers-at-timpson

Business and Sustainable Development Commission: An organisation that aims to mobilise a community of businesses to take action on the UN’s sustainable development goals and achieve greater social and environmental sustainability.

Find out more: http://businesscommission.org


Where can I find out more?

The following are a selection of key organisations that provide further information and case studies on the social determinants of health.

Glasgow Centre for Population Health


Institute of Health Equity


Joseph Rowntree Foundation


Local Government Association


NHS Health Scotland


Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland)


Public Health England


Public Health Wales Observatory


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Royal Society for Public Health


The King’s Fund


What Works Centre for Wellbeing


World Health Organization



See also the Health Foundation’s compendium of resources and case studies:


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