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Homeless health: duty to refer

Duty to refer: guidance for NHS staff

On 1 October 2018, the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 introduced a new legal duty on specified public services to refer service users they consider may be homeless or threatened with homelessness to a local housing authority.

For health services the impact will be on NHS trusts and foundation trusts in the provision of any of the following NHS health services:

  • accident and emergency services in a hospital
  • urgent treatment centres
  • in-patient treatment (of any kind)

See the full Government duty to refer guidance for NHS staff. You can also find a helpful 1-page checklist to support the referral process.*

Also see the Government guidance for all public bodies including local authorities.

*This content first appeared on the Department of Heath and Social Care website and was Published on 14 November 2018, and updated on 28 November 2018.

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