New health standards to improve care for homeless and excluded people

The third edition of The Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health Standards for Commissioners and Service Providers has been launched at a meeting of health leaders in central London.

The document sets out the health challenges experienced by marginalised groups such as people who are homeless, people who well sex, people from gypsy and traveller communities, and vulnerable migrants. It calls for the incorporation of values such as compassion and continuity of care to support integrated collaborative systems that improve patient outcomes.

The document has been endorsed by 14 medical Royal Colleges and health bodies, including the RCP, RCGP and RCPsych.

This unprecedented level of support demonstrates positive action towards the commitment made by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (A0MRC). In 2017 the AoMRC made a joint statement with The Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health pledging that medical Royal Colleges would support patients to improve their health, not only through medical treatment, but by providing advocacy, inter-professional working and engagement with public health.

Professor Dame Jane Dacre, past President of the Royal College of Physicians, said:

“Addressing the social determinants of health is an essential component of effective health care. New ‘duties to refer’ imposed by the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 present a real opportunity for secondary care to contribute to integrated care, these standards explain clearly how to do this well.”

The launched, attended by 70 delegates included presentations and discussion from Professor Dame Jane Dacre, Dr Nigel Hewett OBE, Jon Sparkes CEO of Crisis, and Mo Elmi, an ‘Expert by Experience’ who uses his experiences of homelessness and health issues to train medical professionals.


Seven Superstars Save Homeless Hospital Patients   

Alex Bax and the Carnall Farrar Running Team

Seven really is proving ‘lucky for some’, after seven intrepid runners from health consultancy Carnall Farrar took part in the Virgin Sport Hackney Half Marathon on 20 May, to raise funds for Pathway. 

The team braved one of the hottest days of the year and took to the streets of east London, finishing the challenge and raising a whopping £765 to help seriously ill homeless people. 

Pictured here with Pathway CEO Alex Bax (who met them at the finish line!), the team has raised enough to provide 50 homeless hospital patients with ‘dignity in care’ kits, including toiletries and pyjamas for their hospital admission, travel tickets to a safe bed once a Pathway team has arranged one, and a duvet and pillows to help them set up in a new home. 

 Stan was homeless for 20 years, and now helps formerly homeless people to be part of Pathway’s work. Stan said: 

“Being ill, alone and in hospital was one of the scariest experiences I faced when I was homeless. Knowing that someone cares really helps. This donation will make such a difference to so many people. Well done, and a huge thank-you to all of the runners and donors who took part and made this an amazing event.

 Ruth Carnall, Chair at Carnall Farrar said:  

“We are very proud of all our runners for completing the gruelling race and absolutely delighted that the money raised by their efforts will be going to such an important and worthy cause.”

Carnall Farrar Runners

Homeless and Inclusion Health Symposium 2018 Call for Papers

Dr Arvind Madan addresses Homeless Health 2017

Homeless and Inclusion Health 2018 will take place in London on 7th – 8th March. We are seeking presentations of interest to our audience of professionals drawn from medicine, mental health, housing, public health, research and commissioning and Experts by Experience who have lived through exclusion.

Presentations should be 15 minutes long, followed by 15 minutes of discussion. Submissions will be assessed by a committee from the inclusion health field.  Areas of interest include academic papers, data describing services or clinical issues, interventions drawn from practice, evidence of service user involvement and the use of multidisciplinary approaches. Preference will be given to members of The Faculty of Homeless and Inclusion Health. The committee looks favourably upon submissions from people with lived experience of exclusion.

A 200 word abstract, made using the enclosed Excel template, should be sent to by Friday 11 August 2017, 10am.

Click here to book delegate tickets for Homeless and Inclusion Health 2018. Early bird rates are available until August.


Successful submissions will be offered one free ticket per paper for the lead speaker on the day of their workshop, and a reduced price ticket for the other day of the event. Additional speakers are eligible for a reduced fee for the day(s) of attendance.

All presentations at the conference may be recorded and/or filmed, all presenters must agree to this unless there are safety concerns in doing so.

The charity has limited resources and prioritises supporting Experts by Experience (EbE) to attend the symposium. As such we cannot pay travel and hotel costs for speakers unless they are part of the EbE programme and/or there are extenuating circumstances. If this applies to you please indicate this on your submission.

As a thank you for submitting your work, if your paper is not accepted then the Faculty will offer you the Early Bird Delegate Rate, even if this has expired.

National Homeless Health Symposium 2017

Early Bird Bookings Are Open!

Delegates at the 2016 Homeless Health SymposiumBooking is now open for the 5th International Symposium on Homeless and Inclusion Health. The event, taking place in London 1–2 March 2017, already has confirmed speakers from the CQC and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

Discounts are available for members of The Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health, NHS staff, Local Authorities and charities.

Save up to £75 when you book before the end of September.


Call for Papers

For the first time the event will include opportunities for health and social care practitioners to submit data and papers for presentation. Get in touch if you’d like to present your team’s work.  One recent delegate said:

“Great meeting of minds, incredible networking opportunities and so much learning done!”

Book your tickets today

See pictures from the 2016 event

See videos of the plenary sessions

Listen to podcasts of the seminars


The International Symposium on Homeless and Inclusion Health

Challenging Healthcare, Changing Lives

Richard Wilkinson speaks at the International Symposium on Homeless and Inclusion Health
Keynote speaker Richard Wilkinson

Two rainy days in London in March 2016 brought together 300 doctors, nurses, mental health professionals, experts by experience, support workers, commissioners and researchers, united by a single passion: helping vulnerable patients.

The event attracted speakers from all over the world, including:

  • Jane Dacre, President of the Royal College of Physicians
  • Dennis Culhane, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor Richard Wilkinson Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School.
  • Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity, President of the World Medical Association

Audiences in 5 locations across the UK and Ireland joined the debate through remote access. The programme included an impressive 16 unique workshops,  including the implications of novel psychoactive substances, work with gypsy and traveller communities, commissioning services and end of life care for homeless patients.

Our team of Experts by Experience co-chaired many of the sessions, offering unique insight from people who have lived through homelessness and exclusion. As one delegate said:

“Great meeting of minds, incredible networking opportunities and so much learning done!”

Early Bird Bookings 2017

Delegates at the 2016 International Symposium on Homeless and Inclusion Health

The 5th International Symposium on Homeless and Inclusion Health will take place on 1st – 2nd March 2017.  Early Bird bookings are open until the end of September!

For the first time this year’s event will include opportunities for health and social care practitioners to submit papers for presentation. Get in touch if you’d like to present your team’s work.

See pictures from the 2016 event

See videos of the plenary sessions

Listen to podcasts of the seminars


Stories of Rebirth

Pathway volunteer Peter who worked on the project

Challenging Preconceptions of Homelessness

Pathway has been challenging preconceptions of homelessness with its latest fashion exhibition, turning street clothes into designer garments.

Formerly homeless volunteers have been working with designers from Vivienne Westwood’s studio, Sia Dimitriadi, and others, to turn the clothing they once wore on the street into haute couture with a hidden story.

Each designer worked with a volunteer, using materials, colour and symbolism to record their life journey.

The collection launched at a stunning evening reception at the Geffrye Museum, accompanied by poems from ‘Writerz’n’Scribez’ and was later auctioned in aid of Pathway.

Visit the Stories of Rebirth website to find out more

2016 International Symposium on Inclusion Health

Bookings for the 4th International Symposium on Homeless and Inclusion Health are now open!

This is exciting two day event is packed with expert presentations on

  • Children and young people affected by homelessness
  • The health effects of migration
  • Assessing and demonstrating health needs for commissioning
  • Patient and public involvement with excluded groups

Speakers include Professor Richard Wilkinson, author of the international best seller ‘The Spirit Level’, Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity and Chair Mark Easton, Home Editor at the BBC.

A not to be missed event for anyone working with homeless people, refugees and asylum seekers, people selling sex and excluded communities.

For sponsorship, exhibition and poster opportunities contact Katrina Wright on 020 7324 4330 or email