In collaboration with Camden Council, NHS North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group are piloting an innovative homeless health project aimed at single homeless people with complex needs who are living in Camden’s supported accommodation provision known as the Adult Pathway. Together we are funding the project for 15 months. Initially it will be based in four hostels and gradually be expanded to fifteen during the life of the project. The project builds on the success of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) model implemented at the Britannia Hotel, which accommodated and provided healthcare to homeless people and rough sleepers in response to the Covid 19 pandemic in March 2020 as part of the Government’s ‘Everyone In’ initiative. The model was heralded as an exemplar of good practice, gaining both local and national recognition for achieving some excellent outcomes in meeting homeless people’s health, substance misuse and social care needs.
There is well documented evidence that homeless people have poorer health outcomes and do not access health and care services in the same way as the general population. We are piloting a pro-active in-reach model which will deliver health and care on site where homeless people are staying. The team will work closely with hostel staff to identify and prioritise those who would most benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach including those who are high users of unplanned health care.
The project will be delivered by UCLH (University College London Hospitals) which commenced on Monday 5th October 2021. UCLH will provide a team of clinicians, managers and an administrator who will draw in support and work in partnership with the voluntary and community sector, substance misuse treatment services, mental health, primary care and other health and social care organisations to deliver integrated and coordinated care to this population group. Our plan is to evaluate the project to understand its impact and outcomes for residents as well as the impact for our health and care system.
This is an exciting opportunity to implement a new model of care for homeless people. As part of the mobilisation phase, the team will be contacting key operational and strategic leads across the health, social care and VCS sector to explain more about the service, and how you can be involved.