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The homelessness and brain injury project

23rd February 2018

Leigh Andrews, Founder of Change Communication, writes about a project that aims to support rough sleepers in London who have experienced a brain injury. Your brain controls everything you think, feel, say and do. Reading this blog and perhaps enjoying a coffee? Your brain is seeing, recognising and remembering what the letters mean. It is […]

Safeguarding adults who sleep rough in London

29th January 2018

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), NHS trusts, London Healthwatches, the police and other interested organisations, plus people who have experience of being homeless and volunteers and staff working in third sector organisations are invited to share their views on new guidance for safeguarding adults who sleep rough in London. The consultation on the guidance runs until 9 […]

‘My right to access healthcare’ cards

18th November 2017

Please use the following print-ready versions of the homeless health ‘My right to receive healthcare’ card. Download the print-ready file. Download larger cards that have been produced for people with sight problems. Front side of card Reverse side of card We welcome other areas adapting the cards for local use, however, if you are going to […]

Homeless health elearning

15th November 2017

Helping improve care for people who are homeless We have worked with Pathway to create a training package for GP receptionists and practice managers. People who are homeless have told us that strict access requirements – such as being asked to provide proof of address and ID – are a key barrier to them accessing primary […]

Homeless health resources

26th October 2017

Many local, regional and national services work to support people who are homeless, including support with finding emergency housing and protecting anyone at risk of abuse, harm or neglect. NHS staff can support patients who are homeless by signposting them to these services or putting patients in touch through a direct referral. Frontline NHS staff in […]

More than a statistic

26th October 2017

This report tells the stories and experiences of healthcare from the perspective of people who are currently homeless across London. The findings of the report are presented in chapters relating to different areas of healthcare delivery. Many of the topics highlighted, and stories told, do however have cross cutting themes that can apply to other […]

Healthcare and people who are homeless – commissioning guide

26th October 2017

This commissioning guidance, revised April 2019, aims to support commissioners in London’s clinical commissioning groups to improve health services for people who are homeless.  It outlines 10 commitments for improving health outcomes for homeless people in London. Commissioners can use these commitments as guiding principles in their work to improve services. Each commitment includes ideas […]

Homelessness resource pack for London’s NHS

3rd August 2017

Our London homeless health programme has published a new resource pack which aims to signpost NHS staff and commissioners to a range of resources that can support their work with people who are homeless. Many local, regional and national services work to support people who are homeless, including support with finding emergency housing and protecting anyone at […]

Working to improve the health of homeless people

30th June 2017

New figures released on 30 June 2017 by the Mayor of London show the rise of the number of rough sleepers on the streets of the capital has effectively halted for first time since 2009. Healthy London Partnership, working on behalf of London clinical commissioning groups and NHS England (London) works to improve the health of people […]

Healthcare cards featured at Museum of Homelessness

11th April 2017

An additional 20,000 ‘my right to access healthcare’ cards are being distributed to organisations working with people who are homeless – with the cards also featuring at the Museum of Homelessness at the Tate Modern. The cards, produced in partnership with homeless charity Groundswell and London Healthwatch, aim to help people who are homeless to register and receive treatment […]