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HIV testing for people who are homeless

9th June 2020

What happened? The COVID-19 pandemic has meant London has been working together to bring many people who experience homelessness into hotels across the city, so they can stay safe. This presented an opportunity to test many of these people for HIV and some other sexually transmitted diseases. Fast-Track Cities London has supported the Find and Treat homeless […]

Homeless health during COVID-19

3rd April 2020

The Homeless Health Operations Centre is staffed by the Healthy London Partnership, supporting the London COVID-19 Homeless Health Response Cell, as a multi-agency approach to managing the health needs and minimising the transmission of COVID-19 within the homeless population in London. This is set out in our operating manual. We have brought together a range […]

Family Group Conferences – a different approach to support adults who are homeless

8th May 2019

Tim Fisher and Susan Harrison have been using the ‘Family Group Conference’ (FGC) method to support people experiencing homelessness in Camden. Here they explain how this different approach offers opportunities to build and renew a sense of home and community for adults who’ve been homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. What are Family […]

Supporting the safe discharge of homeless hospital patients

28th January 2019

This guidance document outlines the latest developments in homeless hospital discharge, including the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 and the duty it places on hospital trusts, emergency departments and urgent treatment centres. With homelessness at record levels in London and hospitals under increased pressure over winter, this guidance document provides a checklist for use by staff […]

In focus – Lewisham Rough Sleepers Pilot

27th September 2018

In 2017/2018, NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group engaged with local residents and stakeholders to design and implement a pilot of a primary care service for people who are homeless in the borough. Their experience of implementing this innovative service and the engagement involved has been shared in the overview: Rough Sleepers Pilot: Improving access to […]

London End of Life Care and Homelessness Event

20th September 2018

Registration is now open for the London End of Life Care and Homelessness Event.  This event will be jointly hosted by NHS England (London region) End of Life Clinical Network, Healthy London Partnership, St Mungo’s, Hospice UK and Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. The event is taking place on Friday, 19 October 2018 […]

London homeless health needs assessment toolkit

18th September 2018

We have designed an interactive toolkit to support local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, and integrated care systems across London to conduct homeless health needs assessments. Helping you deliver integrated care Conducting a health needs assessment is key to developing and delivering integrated care. Local Authorities must do a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment of the health and […]

All Londoners have the right to a healthy mouth

31st May 2018

Poor access to dental services has a significant impact on the lives of people experiencing homelessness. Poor oral health commonly causes pain and suffering; dental pain can have a negative impact on mental and physical health and in some cases can cause people to use alcohol or drugs to control their pain. We have produced […]

Healthy mouths posters and guidance

31st May 2018

A poster and guidance to help people who are homeless in London get easier access to a dentist. The poster has been designed to be displayed at homeless services. The guidance explains the types of services available, how to access them and how if you are working with people who are homeless you can lead […]