UK People’s Health Assembly @ Nottingham Trent University 10th and 11th July 2012.


Why attend?

Help build a progressive local to global health movement in the UK.

Participate in restoring the NHS to its founding principles.

 Learn from leading experts about the local and global determinants of health.

 Network with organisations and individuals involved in health and social activism.

Take part in developing a UK People’s Health Manifesto.


Who is organising this?

A group of health activists who are affiliated to the People’s Health Movement (PHM) – a global network of grassroots health activists, civil society organisations and academic institutions from around the world, particularly from low and middle income countries. This Assembly is being organised to shape the formation of a health movement in the UK, building on a range of existing groups and organisations including NGOs, grassroots campaigns such as Keep our NHS Public, community-based health organisations, academic departments and research institutes, trade unions and others.


The Assembly will mainly take the form of workshops designed to help individuals and organisations to network with each other; and to discuss what it means to create a health movement. There will be some keynote presentations made by invited experts and leading health activists. But the focus will be to discuss why a health movement is required and how we can build one. A detailed programme will be announced shortly but Day 1 registration will be between 9-9.30am.

How to book a place 

To register for the UK People's Health Assembly click here. 

Registration fee: £50; £30 for students and unwaged.

(As the Assembly is not sponsored, if you can make a donation to support the event, please contact the email above).


How to get involved

We welcome your input, so if you would like to contribute to the pre-assembly discussions, run a workshop, or feed in ideas contact: [email protected]

For more information

Visit our facebook page for up to date event information:
Come to Nottingham. Take part and shape the future.



Why a social movement on health is needed

Health threats

Legislation has effectively abolished the NHS. Patients will suffer. Health care inequalities will rise. Conflicts of interest will become more frequent. Medical ethics will deteriorate. More money will be wasted on shareholders and greed.

Across Europe, the bail out of a corrupt and discredited banking system is already increasing poverty, unemployment and premature mortality. Alternative policies that would be fairer, more sustainable and provide a healthier foundation for society are being ignored.

Globally, billions of people live in poverty and with hunger. Climate change - the biggest threat to human health in the 21st century - is being left unabated.

Poor policies and bad politics

The threats described above are not inevitable. They result from “a toxic combination of poor social policies and programmes, unfair economic arrangements, and bad politics”.

A social movement on health and a health movement for society

A social movement on health is needed – not just to restore the NHS to its founding principles, but also to ensure that community and individual health is placed at the heart of all policies.

 A health movement provides a platform for different elements of society to band around a progressive social, political and economic agenda for human and ecological well-being.

A health movement for society is also required. Health professionals have a duty and a mandate to get involved with social policies. Politics are too important to be left in the hands of politicians, businessmen and management consultants.



Human Rights and Health in the UK

The UK PHM circle, in collaboration with Medact and Doctors for Human Rights, has been compiling a report on human rights and health in the UK. The report will serve as a submission to the UN Committee on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights which is due to scrutinise the performance of the UK in respect of these rights in 2009.--> As usual, the government of the UK presents a report to the Committee, and civil society groups, like us, can comment on the Government's submission, and present a different perspective.

We are grateful for the contribution of several NGOs to our report. Currently, the topics included are:

  • The War in Iraq
  • Migrants and Asylum Seekers
  • Mental Health
  • The health of Older People
  • Marternity Care
  • Human Rights Education


We plan to include chapters on Detention and Health Systems. We would be happy to receive documentation on these subjects to include in our report. For further information, please email: [email protected]

PHM in the UK

We are a network of health activitst, campaigners, academics, students and NGO workers who share the vision set out in the People's Charter for Health and who use it in our work in different ways. Please see the links on this page to learn more about what we do.

Contact PHM in the UK

If you would like to know further information about the activity of PHM in the UK or you would like to be included in our email list, please send an email to [email protected]