The Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health is a network of professionals and people with lived experience of homelessness, hosted by Pathway.

Members of the Faculty carry out research into their work and share their findings to help improve and evidence the effectiveness of homeless healthcare. If you would like your work listed on these pages please contact us.

Recent Publications

Working with Homelessness – Standards for GP Receptionists in Primary Care
Manchester Homeless Health Needs Audit 2016
Highway House – A 1:5 Social Return on Investment
Turning Virchow Upside Down
Inclusion Health Clinical Audit 2015-16 – Patient Audit
Inclusion Health Clinical Audit 2015-16 – Organisational Audit
2014 International Symposium Report
The Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health Service Standards for Commissioners and Service Providers (version 2)
Mental Capacity Act – Screening Tool for Homelessness Outreach Workers
Homeless Mental Health Hospital Admission Plan
1983 Mental Health Act screening tool


Working with Homelessness – Standards for GP Receptionists

March 2017

Primary Care is the first point of contact for most people with a health problem, but many people who are homeless struggle to access a GP. Pathway has worked with receptionists and the Care Quality Commission to produce simple best practice guidelines for working with this group. This guidance is designed to operate alongside the E-learning package for GP Receptionists.

Working with Homelessness – Standards for GP Receptionists in Primary Care


Manchester Homeless Health Needs Audit 2016

January 2017

In Manchester there has been a significant increase in the number of reported rough sleepers in the last 5 years. This audit brings together data from services working with homeless people in the area and makes recommendations for the future development of support services to meet the needs found.

Manchester Homeless Health Needs Audit 2016


Highway House – A Social Return on Investment Report

July 2016

Highway House is a support service in East London for homeless people with no recourse to public funds, who are facing destitution. This research from Marcello Bertotti, Senior Research Fellow at Institute for Health and Human Development, University of East London found that for every pound invested in Highway House £5 – £8 of social benefit were generated.
Highway House – A Social Return on Investment Report


Turning Virchow upside down: medicine is politics on a smaller scale

July 2016

‘Upstream medicine’ considers the wider life of patients and considers the social determinants of health and the causes of the causes of illness. This paper, inspired by Professor Aidan Halligan, shortly before his death, examines approaches by Pathway, Well North and Upstream, a Canadian health organisation.
Turning Virchow upside down: medicine is politics on a smaller scale


Inclusion Health Clinical Audit 2015-16

December 2015: The Faculty of Homeless and Inclusion Health In Partnership with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and the Royal College of Physicians

Homelessness is estimated to have increased by 40% over the past 4 years, with homeless patients being nearly 5 times more likely to attend Emergency Departments than housed people. It is essential that staff are able to respond to the needs of this patient group. 23 Departments chose to take part in a 6 week pilot clinical audit, analysing organisational and patient responses to homelessness, in the first study of its kind.
Inclusion Health Clinical Audit 2015-16 – Patient Audit
Inclusion Health Clinical Audit 2015-16 – Organisational Audit


2014 International Symposium Report

Aug 2014: Pathway
This short report written by Helen Davies and Stan Burridge on behalf of the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health looks at the 2014 International Symposium and takes a closer look at the thoughts and feeling of the Experts by Experience who attended.
2014 International Symposium Report


The Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health Service Standards for Commissioners and Service Providers. (version 2)

January 2014: Pathway & the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health.

The National Inclusion Health Board at the Department of Health commissioned a new set of Standards from the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health.  These updated Standards have been revised to reflect the new commissioning landscape and the new statutory duty under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to “have regard to health inequalities”. We have also extended the Standards to include Gypsies and Travellers, vulnerable migrants and sex workers as well as homeless people.

We want to thank all the many members of the Faculty, both professionals and service users who contributed to these improved Standards. We welcome any suggestions for further improvement in future editions.
The Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health Service Standards for Commissioners and Service Providers (version 2)


Mental Health service interventions for rough sleepers

2nd edition, revised and updated 2015: Thamesreach, L.B. of Lambeth, South and the Maudsley NHS Trust, Pathway & the Mayor of London

The Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health is delighted to publish this important guidance document tot help improve the way we respond to rough sleepers with mental health problems.  The report is extremely practical and is relevant to everyone who works with clients or patients on the streets.  The Faculty first endorsed this work in 2013, the guidance report and supporting documentation were updated in late 2014 to take account of the Care Act and other statutory changes.  Pathway now hosts the project advisory board.   Further, we would like to congratulate the whole team in South London for putting together such valuable material and making it available for homeless services across the country. It will help us all respond better to the needs of vulnerable people on the street. Pathway also hosts a support service to help professionals make best use of the guidance.  Click here to find out more.

The three key forms contained in the guidance are also available as separate downloads ready for use:
Mental capacity act – screening tool for outreach workers
Hospital admission plan
1983 Mental Health Act screening tool


The Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health Service Standards for Commissioners and Service Providers.

May 2011, Pathway & the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health.

This is the first comprehensive set of standards for health services for homeless people.  Pathway is publishing this document in partnership with the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health.  This is version one of a document we expect to expand and amend over time.  Comments on the document are welcome. For help and support implementing the Standards please contact us.