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Population Health and Equity webinar series

Please join us for an international webinar series on improving population health.

King’s Health Partners, DEFACTUM and Human First are bringing together experts from south east London and Central Denmark Region to address challenges and solutions to improving social and health equity in our two health systems.

The series will focus on issues related to respiratory health including interventions to address tobacco dependence, challenges in responding to the effects of infectious disease, including long COVID, and consideration of how system trust and leading with compassion are key enablers for improving health equity.

The first webinar in our jointly hosted series was titled ‘Introducing approaches to improving social and health equity in Central Denmark Region and south east London’, and took place on Tuesday 19 September, 12pm-1pm BST / 1pm-2pm CEST.


  • Thomas Maribo, Professor in rehabilitation at the Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark, Research Director at the department Public Health Research, DEFACTUM, Central Denmark Region.
  • Sian Howell, Clinical and Care Professional Lead, Population Health Management and Equalities for NHS South East London Integrated Commissioning Board, and a GP working in Lewisham, south east London, and has led on collaborative production to improve the quality of primary care through Clinical Effectiveness South East London (CESEL) team.

You can watch a recording of the webinar on the King's Health Partners Learning Hub here.


The second webinar in our series will focus on tobacco dependence, smoking habits in Denmark and the UK, and innovations to support smoking cessation including eouth east London experience of implementing the Ottawa Model. Tuesday 3 October, 12pm-1pm BST / 1pm-2pm CEST. 

Confirmed speakers: 

  • Dr Søren Sperling, MD and PhD Student at Department of Respiratory Diseases and Allergy, Aarhus University Hospital. Special interest in COPD and respiratory infections. Presentation on Danish smoking habits and options for smoking cessation in Denmark.
  • Dr Irem Patel, Joint Director Clinical Strategy, King’s Health Partners. Irem is a Consultant Integrated Respiratory Physician at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London, the Chair of the South East London Respiratory Right Care Network and member of the London Respiratory Programme Board.  Irem also co-leads the Respiratory Department and Public Health Committee at King’s College Hospital, is the Trust’s Smokefree lead and a Trustee of the Primary Care Respiratory Society.
  • Ray McGrath, Smoking cessation lead at South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and recently completed his tenure as nursing lead on King’s Health Partners’ programme to improve physical health of people with severe mental illness. Ray will discuss tobacco dependence in severe mental illness and physical health checks.

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The third webinar in our series will focus on addressing long COVID within south east London and Central Denmark Region. Tuesday 10 October, 12pm-1pm BST / 1pm-2pm CEST.

We will hear about the mind and body approach needed to address the needs of people living with long COVID and its impact on functioning and activities of daily living. The webinar will provide a unique opportunity to compare the responses of our two health systems and differences in clinical service provision. There will be opportunity to reflect on insights from service data and what this mean for equity in long COVID diagnoses and access to care. The webinar will also present results from ongoing research in the field of long COVID including headlines from collaborations between King’s College London and Aarhus University.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Prof Berit Schiøttz-Christensen, Long COVID clinic, University Hospital Aarhus, and Professor Research Unit of General Practice, SDU.
  • Dr Lisa Gregersen Østergaard, Occupational therapist and senior researcher at DEFACTUM, Central Denmark Region, and head of a research programme in practice oriented rehabilitation research. She has specialised in the development and evaluation of complex interventions in rehabilitation, including the field of long COVID.
  • Prof Nick Hart, Professor of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine at King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Deputy Medical Director for the Heart, Lung and Critical Care Clinical Group, R&D Director of Delivery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Trust. He is also co-leading the King’s Health Partner’s Mind and Body Clinical-Academic Long COVID programme and the King’s Health Partner’s Respiratory and Allergy Clinical Academic Group.
  • Dr Tim Nicholson, Reader in Neuropsychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London and Honorary Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, South London & Maudsley and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts. He works in the Long COVID clinic at King’s College Hospital focusing on neuropsychiatric complications. He leads the UK NIHR funded Post-COVID Condition Core Outcome Set study in collaboration with the WHO, the Royal College of Psychiatrists COVID-19 Coronerve surveillance study and the psychiatry working group of the UKRI funded COVID-CNS study.

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The forth webinar in our series will focus on social inequality in diagnosis and prognosis of lung cancer and discuss approaches for addressing this including through careful implementation of screening initiatives. Tuesday 31 October, 12pm-1pm GMT / 1pm-2pm CET.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Dr Mette Bach Larsen, University Research Clinic for Cancer Screening, Aarhus University. Senior researcher and associate professor. Mette is an expert in social inequality in cancer screening.
  • Dr Kate Haire, Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Clinical Chair South East London Cancer Alliance. She works closely with King’s Health Partners on value based healthcare. She has a strong interest in health inequalities and the use of data to drive improvements in health outcomes focussing on improving cancer services and pathways.

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'HOLD THE DATE' for future webinars in this series - more information coming soon

Tuesday 14 November, 12pm-1pm GMT / 1pm-2pmCET.

Tuesday 28 November, 12pm-1pm GMT / 1pm-2pm CET.

Tuesday 19 December, 12pm-1pm GMT / 1pm-2pm CET.

Start date
19 September 2023
End Date
19 December 2023
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