Posted on: 13 January 2021

Covid, inequality and hope: what we can learn from one borough’s story

Covid has shone a harsh light on inequalities that persist in the UK. The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on many who already face disadvantage and discrimination – affecting people not just over a lifetime but in a matter of weeks. In Brent, north west London, the impact of the virus has been absolutely devastating on people from ethnic minorities communities, on older people and those with a learning disability.

How is the virus repeating patterns of existing health inequalities? What factors are driving the disproportionate impact on the health of ethnic minorities communities? And what needs to happen next?

Our panel will discuss issues that have come to the fore in Brent, and what we can learn from this borough’ experience about the combined effort needed across multiple sectors to address health inequalities in the UK.


Cllr Ketan Sheth, Chair, Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee Brent Council.


  • Dr MC Patel, Chair Brent CCG at NHS Brent
  • Professor Mala Rao OBE, Senior Clinical Fellow at Imperial College London, Medical Adviser to NHS England’s Workforce Race Equality Strategy
  • Shyama Perera, writer, broadcaster, Chair of SADAA (the South Asian Diaspora Arts Archive) and trustee of the Youth United Foundation.
  • Georgina Elizabeth Nutton, Headteacher at Preston Park Primary School
  • Judith Davey, CEO of The Advocacy Project

The talk will be delivered via a live stream on Zoom. Once you've booked your place, the joining instructions will be included in the Eventbrite confirmation and also sent via email.

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