People experiencing homelessness are among the most vulnerable and isolated in our society, with the poorest health outcomes. Traditional systems of health and care often struggle to meet their needs. Consequently, they are more likely to die young, with an average age of death of 44 for men and 42 for women (Deaths of homeless people in England and Wales: 2013 to 2017, ONS, 2018).
Healthy London Partnership has worked with our regional partners with the aim of improving access to healthcare and the capacity and capability of the system to respond to the needs of people who are homeless, to improve their health and reduce their hospital admissions.
The London COVID-19 Homeless Health Operations Centre is staffed by the Healthy London Partnership (HLP) and acts on behalf of the London COVID-19 Homeless Health Response Cell, which comprises representatives from the local and regional NHS in London, Greater London Authority, local authority providers, Public Health England, third sector partners and other key stakeholders.