The extent to which non-conditional housing programs improve housing and well-being outcomes: a systematic review
Renee O’Donnell, Kostas Hatzikiriakidis, Melissa Savaglio, Dave Vicary, Jennifer Fleming, Helen Skouteris Housing, Care and Support, Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print, pp.- To reduce rates of homelessness, recent efforts have been directed toward developing non-conditional supported housing programs that prioritize the delivery of housing support and individual services, without tenancy conditions (i.e. maintaining sobriety and adhering to mental health treatment). As promising as these programs are, findings generally show that while housing stability is improved, other individual outcomes r...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - January 3, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Renee O ’Donnell Kostas Hatzikiriakidis Melissa Savaglio Dave Vicary Jennifer Fleming Helen Skouteris Source Type: research

Affordable housing in urban India: a review of critical success factors (CSFs) addressing housing adequacy with affordability for the urban poor
This study addresses the conflict in expectations of the supply and demand side of the housing and establishes the factors crucial to making housing successful for all the stakeholders, essential for sustainable urban development. This paper is developed using the content analysis of preceding independent reviews on housing sustainability by authors across the globe, a review of the current housing situation in Indian cities and a Pilot study of the desired qualitative aspects of housing by the consumer group. This paper identifies the challenges and constraints of the various stakeholders involved in the housing sec...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - December 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shagun Agarwal Tribhuvan Pratap Singh Deepak Bajaj Vimal Pant Source Type: research

The effect of cognitive functioning and affects on the loneliness of elderly people
This study showed that negative affects are risk factors for the appearance of loneliness in the elderly people who receive specialized institutional support and should be considered in intervention programs that aim to reduce loneliness and social isolation of the elderly people. (Source: Housing, Care and Support)
Source: Housing, Care and Support - December 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: L ídia Serra Cristina Almeida Lu ís Silva Source Type: research

Guest editorial
Martin Whiteford Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 24, No. 3/4, pp.81-84 (Source: Housing, Care and Support)
Source: Housing, Care and Support - December 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martin Whiteford Source Type: research

The impact of COVID-19 on research within the homeless services sector
This report describes how the authors adapted the research methodologies to continue work throughout the pandemic, despite various restrictions. The original studies had very high participation rates because of several methodological approaches that minimized barriers, especially in-person data collection. During the pandemic, distancing requirements precluded replication of these same methods. Research strategies that enabled staff participation during working hours, with designated time allotted for participation, was key for ensuring high participation rates, as access to technology, availability of free time and oth...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - December 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff Eric Paul Weissman Deborah Scharf Rebecca Schiff Stephanie Campbell Jordan Knapp Alana Jones Source Type: research

Evidence assessment and narrative synthesis of the key characteristics of older people living in service-integrated housing facilities, and their ‘accommodation journey’
Evidence assessment and narrative synthesis of the key characteristics of older people living in service-integrated housing facilities, and their ‘accommodation journey’ Juliana Thompson, Michael Hill, Lesley Bainbridge, Daniel Cowie, Emma Flewers Housing, Care and Support, Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print, pp.- This paper aims to provide an evidence assessment and narrative synthesis of literature regarding the key characteristics of older people living in service-integrated housing (SIH) facilities and their “accommodation journey”. A rapid evidence assessment was condu...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - November 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Juliana Thompson Michael Hill Lesley Bainbridge Daniel Cowie Emma Flewers Source Type: research

A rapid review of practices to support people experiencing homelessness during COVID-19
Abe Oudshoorn, Tanya Benjamin, Tracy A. Smith-Carrier, Sarah Benbow, Carrie Anne Marshall, Riley Kennedy, Jodi Hall, C. Susana Caxaj, Helene Berman, Deanna Befus Housing, Care and Support, Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print, pp.- People experiencing homelessness are uniquely vulnerable to the impacts of a pandemic, such as COVID-19. Therefore, governments across Canada have been implementing a patchwork of responses to address the needs of those who are homeless at this time. The purpose of this study is to both compile and assess the varying responses by exploring the breadth of actions presented i...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - October 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Abe Oudshoorn Tanya Benjamin Tracy A. Smith-Carrier Sarah Benbow Carrie Anne Marshall Riley Kennedy Jodi Hall C. Susana Caxaj Helene Berman Deanna Befus Source Type: research

Evaluating the demographic scenario of gated communities in Dammam metropolitan area, kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Ali AlQahtany Housing, Care and Support, Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print, pp.- The purpose of this paper is to assess the nature of gated communities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) focusing on the experiences of residents from different gated communities in the Dammam Metropolitan Area (DMA). It seeks to assess the socio-economic background of such communities and find out why people choose to live in gated communities and their perceptions of such housing patterns. The questionnaire survey technique was used in this study to achieve the main purpose. The study used the triangulation met...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - October 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ali AlQahtany Source Type: research

The promises and the reality of smart, digital telecare in England
This study concludes that the goal for smart telecare to be preventative and cost-efficient may be complicated by various organisational and operational challenges associated with coordinating provision. New, “smart” telecare technology for older people stands apart from earlier, user-activated or automatic devices. It may have distinct and under-researched organisational and ethical implications. (Source: Housing, Care and Support)
Source: Housing, Care and Support - October 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Phoebe Stirling Gemma Burgess Source Type: research

Meeting the private sector housing condition and adaptation needs of older people: responses from London ’s environmental health and allied services
This study aims to explore the environmental health role in meeting the housing condition, adaptation and associated needs of older people living in private sector housing in London, including those living with and at risk of dementia. A multi-method approach was adopted. First, relevant public-facing websites in London were scrutinised. Second, a Qualtrics online survey was designed and circulated to capture relevant information around relevant services offered. Third, seven face-to-face interviews were conducted with front-line practitioners involved in providing housing services to private sector owners and tenants. ...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - September 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jill Stewart Source Type: research

Pandemic preparedness and response in service hub cities: lessons from Northwestern Ontario
Rebecca Schiff, Bonnie Krysowaty, Travis Hay, Ashley Wilkinson Housing, Care and Support, Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print, pp.- Responding to the needs of homeless and marginally housed persons has been a major component of the Canadian federal and provincial responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, smaller, less-resourced cities and rural regions have been left competing for limited resources (Schiff et al., 2020). The purpose of this paper is to use a case study to examine and highlight information about the capacities and needs of service hub cities during pandemics. The authors draw on...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - September 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rebecca Schiff Bonnie Krysowaty Travis Hay Ashley Wilkinson Source Type: research

The impact of a refurbishment programme on older people living in sheltered housing
Zeibeda (Zeb) Sattar, Stephanie Wilkie, Jonathan Ling Housing, Care and Support, Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print, pp.- This paper aims to explore residents' perceptions of a refurbishment programme to sheltered housing schemes and its impact on their well-being. The methodology draws upon a realist evaluation framework. Four participatory appraisals (PAs) and 19 interviews with residents were conducted in the sheltered housing schemes. Ages of participants ranged from 50 to 99 years. Two categories of residents were identified: healthy active older adults and older frail adults (or over 85+...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - August 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Zeibeda (Zeb) Sattar Stephanie Wilkie Jonathan Ling Source Type: research

The pandemic and homeless people in the Turin area: the level of housing adequacy shapes experiences and well-being
Daniela Leonardi, Silvia Stefani Housing, Care and Support, Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print, pp.- Considering the case study presented, the purpose of this paper is to analyse the impact of the pandemic in local services for homeless people. Drawing from the concept of ontological security, it will be discussed how different services’ levels of “housing adequacy” shaped remarkably different experiences of the pandemic for homeless people and social workers in terms of health protection and agency. This paper focuses on a case study concerning homeless services for people duri...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - August 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Daniela Leonardi Silvia Stefani Source Type: research

A stakeholder analysis of government policy intervention in the Ghanaian slum communities
This study aims to examine government policy priorities towards slum management with the view of establishing its level of commitment in terms of measures undertaken and identify specific policies to structure the sector. The study systematically reviewed national policies, guided by the frequency statistics method in identifying key issues relating to slums management. Content analysis was used to identify findings into themes and discussed in line with the study’s objectives. The results revealed the government’s determination to upgrade the existing slums, with the establishment of a Ministry for Inner...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - July 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anthony Nkrumah Agyabeng Alexander Preko Source Type: research

Evaluating trauma informed care training for services supporting individuals experiencing homelessness and multiple disadvantage
This study aims to explore the effects of a four-day TIC and psychologically informed environments training package in such services. The analysis explores the effect of this training on the degree of TIC as measured by the TICOMETER, a psychometrically robust organisational measure of TIC. The study examines group and individual level changes from before training and again at six-month and one-year follow-up time-points. At the group level analysis, three of the five TICOMETER domains (knowledge and skills, relationships, and policies and procedures) were higher when compared to pre-training scores. The remaining tw...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - June 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rupert Burge Anna Tickle Nima Moghaddam Source Type: research

Tenant management under COVID-19 pandemic season among informal settlement rental housing in Ghana
This study used a mixed methods research approach and foregrounds the discussions of the results with the social roles theory. Using the quota sampling procedure, this study used 467 semi-structured interviews of tenants from five old informal settlement neighbourhoods in urban Ghana. This study adopted the thematic analytical technique in the results section. This study uncovered that landlords perform a gate-keeping social relationship role in ensuring tenant safety during the COVID-19 pandemic season through the provision of security, care and support, discipline, hard work, morale building to accountability. However...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - June 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Appau Williams Miller Fauster Agbenyo Royal Mabakeng Menare Source Type: research

Change readiness in individuals experiencing homelessness and multiple complex needs
This study aims to understand how staff in homelessness services conceptualise readiness for change in the individuals they support and how this informs their decision-making in practice. A qualitative design was used. Ten staff members participated in semi-structured interviews. Data were examined through inductive–deductive thematic analysis, using a social constructivist epistemological lens. Five main themes were constructed: “multiple complex needs mean multiple complex changes”, “talk versus behaviour”, “change is not a linear trajectory”, “the role of consistent ...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - May 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Alex Lord Anna Tickle Anna Buckell Source Type: research

Choosing to be homeless? Persistent rough sleeping and the perverse incentives of social policy in England
Graham Bowpitt Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 23, No. 3/4, pp.135-147 With the temporary housing of rough sleepers in response to the Covid-19 emergency, some commentators have been tempted to believe that the rising population of rough sleepers in the UK has finally been reversed. This paper aims to examine the choices made by persistent rough sleepers and how far they are influenced by the perverse incentives of social policies, in order to challenge the view that they sleep rough out of choice. Evidence for this paper is derived from two teams of frontline service providers with routine familiarit...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - November 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Graham Bowpitt Source Type: research

Social impact bonds in the UK homeless sector: perspectives of front-line link workers
This study concludes that if SIBs are to achieve their promise of providing funding which leads to effective solutions to deeply ingrained social problems, there needs to be more careful evaluation of their true benefits in comparison to publicly funded projects, adoption of more appropriate and project-specific outcome measures and a much clearer explanation and justification of the way in which SIB funding works. Few studies have specifically explored the perceptions of front-line link workers in the homelessness sector. This study highlights not only the concerns but also the benefits associated with the use of SIB a...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - November 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thomas George Jim Rogers Amanda Roberts Source Type: research

Premature frailty, geriatric conditions and multimorbidity among people experiencing homelessness: a cross-sectional observational study in a London hostel
Raphael Rogans-Watson, Caroline Shulman, Dan Lewer, Megan Armstrong, Briony Hudson Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 23, No. 3/4, pp.77-91 The purpose of this paper is to assess frailty, geriatric conditions and multimorbidity in people experiencing homelessness (PEH) using holistic evaluations based on comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) and draw comparisons with general population survey data. Cross-sectional observational study conducted in a London-based hostel for single PEH over 30 years old in March–April 2019. The participants and key workers completed health-related questionnaires, a...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - September 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Raphael Rogans-Watson Caroline Shulman Dan Lewer Megan Armstrong Briony Hudson Source Type: research

Displaced and vulnerable: a case study of “out of area” housing
Displaced and vulnerable: a case study of “out of area” housing Steve Iafrati Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 23, No. 3/4, pp.111-122 The purpose of study is to explore how structural problems within housing supply and the marketisation of housing for the poorest and most vulnerable households affect households and can lead to negative outcomes for some households. The research highlights the experiences of out of area (OOA) households that can be below the radar in debates regarding housing crisis. The research features a case study approach focusing on the experiences of a single househol...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - September 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Steve Iafrati Source Type: research

People ’s perceptions of sustainable housing in developing countries: the case of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
People’s perceptions of sustainable housing in developing countries: the case of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Ali AlQahtany Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 23, No. 3/4, pp.93-109 The purpose of this paper is to explore the people’s perceptions of sustainable housing in Saudi Arabia using Riyadh as a case study. Riyadh was chosen as a case study for two reasons: it is the capital city of Saudi Arabia and the largest city in the country; and there are no major differences between the characteristics of people in Riyadh and other major Saudi cities. The questionnaire survey technique was used in this ...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - August 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ali AlQahtany Source Type: research

Building connection against the odds: project workers relationships with people experiencing homelessness
Housing, Care and Support,Volume 22, Issue 2, Page 129-140, June 2019. Purpose Trusting and empathic relationships between project workers and people experiencing homelessness (PEH) form the cornerstone for their needs to be met. However, under the UK austerity agenda project workers practice in a context of increasing pressure and limited resources; with relationships often characterised by conditionality and disconnection. The purpose of this paper is to report on a study investigating project workers ’ experiences of building relationships with PEH living in supported housing projects. Design/methodology/approach ...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - May 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Community housing: functional outcome of severe mental illness is associated with the personality traits of the case manager
This study suggests that conscientious care planning is essential in the recovery process. Originality/value No previous studies have been performed examining the specific relationship between the case manager’s personality traits and functional outcome of people with SMI. (Source: Housing, Care and Support)
Source: Housing, Care and Support - May 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The health challenges of families experiencing homelessness
Housing, Care and Support,Volume 22, Issue 2, Page 93-105, June 2019. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to report the findings of a scoping review on the health challenges of families experiencing homelessness. There is a bi-directional relationship between health and homelessness in that poor health can increase the risk of housing loss, and experiencing homelessness is bad for one ’s health. The experience of homelessness differs between populations and this review focuses on families as one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. While research has been integrated on the causes of homelessne...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - May 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Building connection against the odds: project workers relationships with people experiencing homelessness
Housing, Care and Support,Volume 22, Issue 2, Page 129-140, June 2019. Purpose Trusting and empathic relationships between project workers and people experiencing homelessness (PEH) form the cornerstone for their needs to be met. However, under the UK austerity agenda project workers practice in a context of increasing pressure and limited resources; with relationships often characterised by conditionality and disconnection. The purpose of this paper is to report on a study investigating project workers ’ experiences of building relationships with PEH living in supported housing projects. Design/methodology/approach ...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - May 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Community housing: functional outcome of severe mental illness is associated with the personality traits of the case manager
This study suggests that conscientious care planning is essential in the recovery process. Originality/value No previous studies have been performed examining the specific relationship between the case manager’s personality traits and functional outcome of people with SMI. (Source: Housing, Care and Support)
Source: Housing, Care and Support - May 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The health challenges of families experiencing homelessness
Housing, Care and Support,Volume 22, Issue 2, Page 93-105, June 2019. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to report the findings of a scoping review on the health challenges of families experiencing homelessness. There is a bi-directional relationship between health and homelessness in that poor health can increase the risk of housing loss, and experiencing homelessness is bad for one ’s health. The experience of homelessness differs between populations and this review focuses on families as one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. While research has been integrated on the causes of homelessne...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - May 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Southern European welfare states and homelessness: Portugal and Greece
Housing, Care and Support, Ahead of Print. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to compare homelessness policies in Portugal and Greece. Design/methodology/approach After a brief overview of the relationship between welfare regimes and homelessness, the characteristics of homelessness policies within the South-European regime are studied. Subsequently, by employing empirical data, a comparison between the homelessness policies of these two countries is attempted through three axes of analysis: the historical emergence of homelessness policies; the impact of the memoranda, as a series of fiscal measures associated with welf...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - April 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Situating and understanding hospital discharge arrangements for homeless people
Housing, Care and Support,Volume 22, Issue 1, Page 1-3, March 2019. (Source: Housing, Care and Support)
Source: Housing, Care and Support - March 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Establishing a hospital healthcare team in a District General Hospital – transforming a model into a reality
Housing, Care and Support, Ahead of Print. Purpose The authors ’ interest in the discharge of patients with no fixed abode (NFA) arose through repeatedly seeing patients discharged back to the streets. In 2017, the Royal United Hospital (RUH) treated 155 separate individuals with NFA, making up 194 admissions. Given these numbers, the best practice according to Inclusion Health’s tiered approach to secondary care services suggests that the hospital should be providing a dedicated housing officer and a coordinated discharge pathway. As this is currently lacking, the purpose of this paper is to establish a Homele...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - February 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Homeless medical respite service provision in the UK
Housing, Care and Support, Ahead of Print. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to review the history and current state of provision of homeless medical respite services in the UK, drawing first on the international context. The paper then articulates the need for medical respite services in the UK, and profiles some success stories. The paper then outlines the considerable challenges that currently exist in the UK, considers why some other services have failed and proffers some solutions. Design/methodology/approach The paper is primarily a literature review, but also offers original analysis of data and interviews, and p...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - December 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Hospital collaboration with a Housing First program to improve health outcomes for people experiencing homelessness
Housing, Care and Support, Ahead of Print. Purpose Homelessness is a colossal issue, precipitated by a wide array of social determinants, and mirrored in substantial health disparities and a revolving hospital door. Connecting people to safe and secure housing needs to be part of the health system response. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach This mixed-methods paper presents emerging findings from the collaboration between an inner city hospital, a specialist homeless medicine GP service and Western Australia ’s inaugural Housing First collective impact project (50 Lives 50 Homes) in ...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - December 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Improving outcomes for homeless inpatients in mental health
Housing, Care and Support, Ahead of Print. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe the delivery of the first clinically led, inter-professional Pathway Homeless team in a mental health trust, within the King ’s Health Partners hospitals in South London. The Kings Health Partners Pathway Homeless teams have been operating since January 2014 at Guy’s and St Thomas’ (GStT) and Kings College Hospital and expanded to the South London and Maudsley in 2015 as a charitable pilot, now continuing with short -term funding. Design/methodology/approach This paper outlines how the team delivered its key aim of...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - December 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Health, social care and housing: facing a wicked problem
Housing, Care and Support,Volume 21, Issue 3/4, Page 65-68, December 2018. (Source: Housing, Care and Support)
Source: Housing, Care and Support - December 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Partnership in action: forging a new approach
Housing, Care and Support, Ahead of Print. Purpose Professional partnerships between housing and health are not impossible, but they take time, commitment and dedicated strategic leadership. The language and culture of the two sectors are sometimes complex and do not always match. There can be issues understanding each other ’s motivation, ethics and terminology which can cause a barrier when working together. The purpose of this paper is to share the journey of how Wakefield District Housing (WDH) is working with the care and health sector to create sustainable partnerships that benefit both parties, getting to a st...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - November 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The Cottage: providing medical respite care in a home-like environment for people experiencing homelessness
Housing, Care and Support, Ahead of Print. Purpose Co-existing health conditions and frequent hospital usage are pervasive in homeless populations. Without a home to be discharged to, appropriate discharge care and treatment compliance are difficult. The Medical Respite Centre (MRC) model has gained traction in the USA, but other international examples are scant. The purpose of this paper is to address this void, presenting findings from an evaluation of The Cottage, a small short-stay respite facility for people experiencing homelessness attached to an inner-city hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Design/methodology/approa...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - November 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Housing and health – a shared history, a shared future
Housing, Care and Support, Ahead of Print. Purpose The 2017 Naylor Review has been the subject of some controversy, with some of the press, social media and other critics portraying its recommendations as a “fire sale” or privatisation of the NHS. The purpose of this paper is to examine preceding reports into efficiency and best value of the NHS, the evidence behind the review recommendations, and analyse data into housing affordability for the capital’s NHS staff. It concludes by advocating for partnerships with housing associations to deliver social and financial value by utilising redundant NHS land to...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - November 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The Cottage: providing medical respite care in a home-like environment for people experiencing homelessness
Housing, Care and Support, Ahead of Print. Purpose Co-existing health conditions and frequent hospital usage are pervasive in homeless populations. Without a home to be discharged to, appropriate discharge care and treatment compliance are difficult. The Medical Respite Centre (MRC) model has gained traction in the USA, but other international examples are scant. The purpose of this paper is to address this void, presenting findings from an evaluation of The Cottage, a small short-stay respite facility for people experiencing homelessness attached to an inner-city hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Design/methodology/approa...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - November 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Housing and health – a shared history, a shared future
Housing, Care and Support, Ahead of Print. Purpose The 2017 Naylor Review has been the subject of some controversy, with some of the press, social media and other critics portraying its recommendations as a “fire sale” or privatisation of the NHS. The purpose of this paper is to examine preceding reports into efficiency and best value of the NHS, the evidence behind the review recommendations, and analyse data into housing affordability for the capital’s NHS staff. It concludes by advocating for partnerships with housing associations to deliver social and financial value by utilising redundant NHS land to...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - November 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The GP role in improving outcomes for homeless inpatients
Housing, Care and Support, Ahead of Print. Purpose Homeless people experience extreme health inequalities and high rates of morbidity and mortality (Aldridge et al., 2017). Use of primary care services are low, while emergency healthcare use is high (Mathie, 2012; Homeless Link, 2014). Duration of admission has been estimated to be three times longer for homeless patients who often experience poor hospital discharge arrangements (Mathie, 2012; Homeless Link, 2014). This reflects ongoing and unaddressed care and housing needs (Blackburn et al., 2017). The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach This ...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - November 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Hospital discharge planning for Canadians experiencing homelessness
Housing, Care and Support, Ahead of Print. Purpose People experiencing homelessness are high-users of hospital care in Canada. To better understand the scope of the issue, and how these patients are discharged from hospital, a national survey of key stakeholders was conducted in 2017. The paper aims to discuss this issue. Design/methodology/approach The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness distributed an online survey to their network of members through e-mail and social media. A sample of 660 stakeholders completed the mixed-methods survey, including those in health care, non-profit, government, law enforcement and academ...
Source: Housing, Care and Support - November 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research