Designing Out Homelessness: Taking a Public Health Approach
PHE ePoster Library. Plahe G. 09/12/19; 274417; 215
Dr. Gunveer Plahe
Dr. Gunveer Plahe
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Abstract During the Mayoral election campaign people of the West Midlands strongly voiced their concerns about the level and nature of homelessness. In 2017, the Mayor's Homelessness Taskforce was created, with representation from local authorities, PHE, NHSE and the voluntary sector. The ambition is to design out homelessness in all its forms applying key principles of: Achieving System ChangeWorking CollaborativelyConnecting Mainstream StrategiesPeople Centred/Preventative Approach Health related themes are picked up by multiple strands of the Taskforce and their “One Year On” progress report demonstrated significant public health impacts and further plans including: A local stocktake of Public Health work on homeless health Providing public health outcomes data and exploring HES dataWorking with NHS Trusts around mental health provision and hospital dischargeAssessment of progress with the duty to refer and collaborate A health needs assessment in a Birmingham specialist GP practice (to be published in British Journal of General Practice)Publication in the Lancet on the Homelessness Reduction Act and Health [i]Informed a “Housing First” evaluation with a spotlight on health outcomes for clients “Making Every Contact Count” working with pharmacies and employersSharing guidance and building best practice on complex needs and co-occurring conditionsAlignment with wider drug and alcohol work e.g. NPS and NaloxoneAddressing access to healthcare issues working with Doctors of the World “Safe Surgeries” programmeIntegrated approaches across multiple risk factors and vulnerabilities including modern slavery; asylum seekers; children[i] External funding details
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