The homeless represent a widely marginalised group who suffer significant and multiple health inequalities. This report from the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) is about the Opening Doors project, which supports the development of nursing care for homeless people.
Opening Doors: final impact report 2012. London: Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI), May 2012.
St Mungo’s on Health and Homelessness
The following report suggests that more knowledge is needed about how homeless people use primary healthcare services. Research into how homeless people use GPs and other community health services is recommended.
Health and homelessness: understanding the costs and role of primary care services for homeless people. London: St Mungo’s, July 2013.
Fifty Two Projects Share £10 Million: Better Help for Homeless People Leaving Hospital
Fifty two projects are sharing £10 million government funding to provide homeless people with better help when they leave hospital. Homeless people attend A&E six times more frequently than people with a home, statistics show, probably because 70% of homeless people are discharged without their housing or ongoing care needs being addressed. The 52 projects are run by voluntary sector organisations working with the NHS and local government to reduce the number hospital readmissions.
Ten million pound cash boost to improve the health of homeless people. London: Department of Health, September 6th 2013.
October 2019 Update: The NHS Cannot Solve Homelessness, But…
Over 20 areas with high levels of rough sleeping are expected to have NHS-led co-ordinated outreach teams offering mental health support by 2023/24; with national roll-out, backed by £30 million, as specified in the NHS Long Term Plan.
“More than half of everyone sleeping on the streets lives with a mental health problem, while those affected by homelessness die, on average, around 30 years earlier than the general population”.
Rough sleepers in homeless hotspots to benefit from NHS mental health outreach. [Online]: NHS England, October 14th 2019.