About us

Our Story

It was with increasing awareness of both the impact of health inequalities in the UK and the scarcity of resources to support health professionals’ education that Fairhealth was set up in 2018, by Dom Patterson, and Alice Deasy.
The launch of Fairhealth built on a huge amount of work by many individuals in Yorkshire and Humber raising awareness of health inequalities with health professionals and healthcare trainees, and a desire to spread this work more widely. The material offered by Fairhealth has grown from developing and hosting e-learning modules, patient narratives, and blog, to now include, Rachel Steen’s hugely inspiring ‘Finding Fairhealth’ podcast, and in 2020 ‘Student Fairhealth’ which aims to inform, inspire and involve health care students in discussions around health inequalities. 

In December 2020 Fairhealth became a registered charity.

From its inception it has been developed and maintained by front line primary care professionals, whose experience in practice has shaped the educational material. 

Our Mission and Values

How we go about our work is important to us.
  • We value fairness, equity, kindness and compassion
  • We will strive to actively confront individual, collective, institutional and structural discrimination and prejudice that worsen health inequalities, including racism
  • Where present, we acknowledge our privilege and promise to use this where possible only to further our aims
  • We believe that avoidable differences in health are unfair and should be addressed
  • We believe that healthcare professionals and other agencies can make a difference to people’s health, support their wellbeing and mitigate disadvantage
  • Our operations are efficient and lean, recognising the value of any investment in us
  • Through all our work – including our educational activities, awareness raising, advocacy and workforce initiatives – we will strive always to reduce such inequities
  • We care for and value each other as much as we do the people we aim to help

Our charitable aims


Working to actively confront individual, collective, institutional, and structural discrimination and prejudice that worsen health inequalities, including racism.


Working to reduce health inequalities by improving health outcomes for patients who are socioeconomically disadvantaged and/or who belong to marginalised patient groups, including but not limited to homeless patients, vulnerable migrants, Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, LGBTQ+ patients, sex workers


Working to improve health outcomes for these groups in any way that the charity trustees see fit, including but not limited to health professionals’ education, research and academic activities, advocacy, support to policy development, support to healthcare workforce initiatives

Our team of trustees

Dom is a GP in Doncaster and senior medical educator with a passion for social justice and health equity. He is also a visiting Professor of Medical Education at University of Leeds.
Dom Patterson, CEO and trustee
Gemma is GP at Bevan Healthcare in Bradford and a lecturer at Leeds Medical School; her ambition is to contribute something to making a fairer and more equitable society.
Gem Ashwell, trustee
Alice is a GP in a vibrant practice in Sheffield serving diverse multi ethnic population. Previous leadership fellow and Trailblazer GP. 
Alice Deasy, trustee
Julie works as a GP in an inner city practice in Leeds serving a vulnerable practice population, in addition to working for NHS Leeds CCG and as interim Educational Lead for the Post-CCT Trailblazer scheme.
Julie Duodu, trustee
Tom is a GP Partner with the Modality Group in Keighley, West Yorkshire. He is Clinical Development Director for this large "super-practice" and is a GP educator. He is passionate about social justice and excellence in primary care.
Tom Ratcliffe, trustee
Rachel is a GP in Sheffield and runs the Trailblazer GP scheme. Rachel hosts the 'Finding Fairhealth' podcast and also sits on the RCGP Health inequalities standing group.
Rachel Steen, trustee
Recognition of our work

TJ award 2019

We were delighted to win a Gold award at the TJ awards in 2019 for ‘Best Diversity and Inclusion programme’.