Press release

Ten million pound cash boost to improve the health of homeless people

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Fifty two projects have been awarded a share of £10 million to ensure homeless people receive better help once they leave hospital, Public Health Minister Anna Soubry announced today.

It is estimated that homeless people attend A&E up to six times more than people with a home - and that currently 70 per cent of homeless people are discharged back onto the street without their housing or on-going care needs after hospital being properly addressed.

The projects are run by voluntary sector organisations who will work with the NHS and local government to make sure homeless people get the best possible support and care after they leave hospital. This will help reduce the number of homeless people who are readmitted to hospital.

Some of the organisations receiving funding will provide:

  • Specialist training for hospital staff on the needs of homeless people;
  • Support to make sure their care continues after discharge;
  • Teams to support homeless people find accommodation that takes into account their health needs; and
  • 14 care beds for people discharged from hospital thanks to over £1million from the fund.

Public Health Minister Anna Soubry said:

In today’s society, it is not acceptable that people are leaving hospital with no plans in place to address their on-going care needs.

The £10 million we have awarded to these 52 projects will help stamp out the bad practice we know exists in some trusts when homeless people are discharged from hospital and ensure they have the support and care they need.

Housing Minister Mark Prisk said:

This Government is working hard to make every contact count, ensuring that homeless people have access to the help and support they need wherever they are - from the housing office to the hospital bed.   Today’s funding, backed by a further £470 million Government investment in homelessness prevention, will reach people in need when they’re at their most vulnerable, getting them back on their feet more quickly, and saving local services the ongoing bills for repeat treatment.

We welcomed the news about the fund earlier this year so it’s fantastic to see details of the successful bidders and their plans for the money. The damaging cycle of homelessness, poor health and hospital admission is long-standing, but these grants will take a huge step towards tackling the issue.

It is vital that these projects lead the way in demonstrating the value the Hospital Discharge Fund delivers for patients, communities and taxpayers so that improvements can be sustained for years to come.

Charles Fraser, Chief Executive of St Mungo’s, said:

This is fantastic news. The ill-health of homeless people is extreme and disproportionate, and we strongly welcome the government’s very clear commitment to addressing repeat ill-health which keeps people homeless.

This announcement means we and other organisations can begin working more closely on hospital aftercare with our health and borough partners, as well as with the Department of Health, to help transform people’s lives.

Background

  1. For further information please contact the Department of Health press office on 020 7210 5436.
  2. NHS England will be working with local commissioners to make sure that the projects are sustainable into the future.
  3. In order to provide the full amount requested, we have also identified an additional £233,000 in capital funding to be given to St Mungo’s for the London Homeless Hospital Discharge Network.
  4. Details of the successful bidders are below.

EAST MIDLANDS

Derventio Housing Trust (CIC), Derby – Healthy Futures

Framework Housing Association, Nottingham - Friar Lane Homeless Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre – Lincoln

Framework Housing Association, Nottingham - Integrated Hospital Discharge Service - Nottingham

EAST OF ENGLAND

YMCA Bedfordshire, Bedford – Beds for All

Peterborough Streets, Peterborough – Health to Home

Penrose Synergy, Luton – Health to Home

LONDON

Broadway Homelessness and Support, Hammersmith and Fulham – Hospital to Home: Hammersmith and Fulham (H2H Pilot)

St Mungo’s, Camden, Westminster, Hackney and Lewisham – The London Homeless Hospital Discharge Network

Broadway Homelessness and Support, Lambeth – Hospital to Home: Lambeth (H2H Pilot)

The Passage, Westminster – Homeless Hospital Discharge Project

Cricklewood Homeless Concern, Brent – Hospital to Home in Brent

Hestia Housing and Support, Hounslow – Three Flow

The London Pathway, Camden – A Pathway medical respite centre for homeless people

Thames Reach, Greenwich – Greenwich Housing Options and Support Service: from hospital to community

Thames Reach Housing Association Ltd, Croydon – Croydon Routes, from hospital to community

Hestia Housing and Support, Hounslow – Three Flow Lodge

NORTH EAST

The Cyrenians, Newcastle upon Tyne – Newcastle hospital navigation and respite project

The Cyrenians, Newcastle upon Tyne – Sunderland hospitals navigation and respite project

First Stop Darlington, Darlington – Discharge Initiative Supporting the Homeless (DISH)

Aquila Way, Gateshead – Basis Beds

NORTH WEST

The Wellspring, Stockport – The Wellspring Health Improvement Service

The Whitechapel Centre, Liverpool – Liverpool City region Hospital Discharge Project

YMCA Crewe, Cheshire – Links

The Brick Homeless Project, Wigan – Hospital to House Caseworker

Urban Outreach, Bolton – Bolton Borough: effective discharge arrangements for homeless people from A&E

Helping the Homeless into Housing (H3), Stockport – H4 Hospital

New Charter Homes, Tameside – Hospital Discharge Project

SOUTH EAST

Stonepillow, Chichester – Hospital Discharge Support Housing

Two Saints, Fareham – Breathing Space

Stonepillow, Chichester – Inreach and Outreach Pathway Care

Elmosre Community Service, Oxford – Emergency Department Housing Support

Trinity Winchester, Winchester – The Aftercare Setup Project

Justlife Foundation, West Sussex – Pathway Plus

Sanctuary Supported Living, Brighton – Hastings Integrated Hospital Discharge Project

Connection, Oxford – Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Homeless Discharge Link Project

Brighton Housing Trust, Brighton – Hostels Hospital Discharge Project

SOUTH WEST

Community Housing Aid, Exeter – Bay6

Saint Petroc’s Society, Cornwall – Hospital Discharge Homelessness Prevention Protocol

Saint Petroc’s Society, Cornwall – Cornwall intermediate care and recovery facility

GEAR Project, Gloucester – Time to Heal Project

Bournemouth Church Housing Association, Bournemouth – Bournemouth Hospital to Housing Support Service

Bournemouth Church Housing Association, Bournemouth – Plymouth Hospital to Housing Support Service

WEST MIDLANDS

Brighter Futures, Stoke-on-Trent – Tamworth Links Project

Trident Reach the People Charity, Birmingham – Homeless Patient Pathway Plan: Birmingham and Sandwell

Brighter Futures, Stoke-on-Trent- Hospital Community Link

Midland Heart, Coventry – Coventry & Rugby and Warwickshire Homeless Hospital Discharge

Coventry Cyrenians, Coventry – Coventry Homeless Hospital Discharge Project

People Potential Possibilities, Wolverhampton – Single Point of Contact for Hospital Discharge

St Peter’s Night Shelter, Hereford – Homeless Hospital Discharge Worker

YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER

Horton Housing Association, Bradford – Bradford Respite/Intermediate Care and Support Service

CRI West Yorkshire Street Outreach Service, Leeds – The Homeless Accommodation Leeds Pathway

Wakefield Rent Deposit Scheme, Wakefield – Wakefield Cathedral