Pathway’s team in Brighton Hospital started work in spring 2012. The team is lead by specialist homelessness GP Dr Chris Sargeant, and senior nurse practitioner Siobhan Bunker. Prior to launching the service Pathway carried out a needs assessment of homeless health in the hospital gathering baseline data about homeless admissions and talking to staff involved with homeless patients. This report is available on the publications page.
Our team in Brighton Hospital are delivering the Pathway service as part of a two site randomized controlled trial funded by an NIHR Research for Patient Benefit grant. Fifty percent of homeless patients admitted to the hospital are randomized to standard care, and fifty percent received enhanced care co-ordination from the Pathway team.
If you are a Brighton Hospital staff member and would like to refer a patient the team’s contact details are on the staff internal directory. If you work for a partner agency and would like to contact the team about a patient please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the team will call you back.
Pathway + Brighton
Justlife manages the Pathway+ project, operating in Brighton and Hove. Working in partnership with Pathway, St. John Ambulance and Brighton Homeless Healthcare, Justlife provides support to patients who live in unsupported temporary accommodation when they are discharged from hospital. The team work to ensure that client’s health recovery is sustained and that they receive relevant assistance with their broader needs, linking in with the wide range of services which are available in the city.
This project was initially funded by the Department for Health as a six month pilot (October 2013 – March 2014). Following the success of the pilot, which included improved health and significant reductions in A&E and ambulance use following Pathway+ interventions,Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group have commissioned Pathway+ for a year. During this time Justlife and the other partners are involved in the development of an integrated care system for the homeless community in Brighton with a view to the creation of future services within the city.
Referrals from Pathway team within the hospital are received, appropriate care plans are established and the Justlife team provide non-clinical floating support to individuals who live in temporary accommodation. Staff will also be involved in the wider work of Justlife inBrighton and Hove providing support to people who live in unsupported temporary accommodation.
Justlife is only of the only organisations in the country working with single homeless residents of unsupported temporary accommodation and is recognised, within the sector, as experts in this area of homelessness.
For more information about Justlife please visit: www.justlife.org.uk