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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Finding the key that opens the door

7th February 2017

Thea Fitch, one of our London Homeless Health Programme board members, writes about her experience of homelessness and how NHS clinicians and staff can support people who are homeless. Just like anyone else, people who are experiencing homelessness deserve the chance to have a meaningful and satisfying life. Part of the role of someone working […]

Registration with GP practices a big problem for London’s homeless

10th January 2017

Martin Burrows, Project Manager at Groundswell, explains why registration with GP practices is a big problem for homeless people in London. Groundswell recently spoke to almost 100 people who are homeless in London to find out about their experiences of using NHS services. Homeless people’s views are rarely sought in public consultation and we wanted […]