Dr Chris Sargeant appointed as Medical Director and Secretary of the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health
Pathway is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Chris Sargeant as the charity’s new Medical Director and Secretary to the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health.
Chris is a highly experienced inclusion health professional who will bring a wealth of expertise and insight to the role. He has led the Pathway Team in Brighton for 10 years, is a founding director of ARCH (Brighton’s specialist homeless and inclusion health service), and a long-standing colleague and advocate for better care for the most excluded. He has been the clinical lead of the Pathway Partnership Programme for the last two years.
Pathway’s CEO Alex Bax said:
“I am so pleased that Chris has agreed to take on this important role. He brings extensive front-line clinical experience across a wide variety of services and settings and huge commitment to the cause of inclusion health. Colleagues across the Faculty will enjoy working with him to help us develop the Faculty into its second decade.”
Dr Chris Sargeant said:
“It is a great privilege to be asked to take on these roles and to build on the great work of Dr. Nigel Hewett who has set high standards to meet.
“One of my first priorities will be to get out to meet Faculty members and visit as many services as I can to ensure I’m fully aware of what’s happening in Inclusion Health services across the country.
“I also hope to build on the Faculty’s first successful ten years, consolidating Inclusion Health as being central to national actions to tackle health inequality. As part of this, I aim to represent and include all those working in this field, and most importantly, those who use our services.
“I know that colleagues across the Faculty want to do more to help us address the social injustices that lead to the health inequalities that have such on impact of our patients and service users. I look forward to working together to deliver on this aim.”
When he is not working for Pathway Chris will continue to see patients Brighton and lead the Pathway Team at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
Dr Chris Sargeant biography:
Chris trained at the Royal Free Hospital in London where he qualified in medicine in 1989. He has been a GP for 30 years and has worked in Inclusion Health since 1998.
He was the first GP at the Primary Care Service for people experiencing homelessness in Brighton, which developed into ARCH Healthcare of which he was the founding Chair and is now a director.
He has worked in the Pathway team at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for 10 years, and has also worked as a GP with Special Interest in Substance Misuse in London, and as a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).
Chris lives near Brighton and in his spare time enjoys running (increasingly shorter distances), playing 5-a-side football badly, swimming in the sea and trying to grow food on his allotment.
Pathway is the UK’s leading homeless healthcare charity. We work with the NHS and other partners to create improved models of care for homeless people and excluded groups. So far, the Pathway Partnership Programme has helped 11 hospitals in England to create teams of doctors, nurses, social care professionals and peer supporters who support some 3,500 homeless patients every year.
Faculty of Homeless and Inclusion Health
The Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health is a growing network of health professionals working with:
- Homeless people
- Vulnerable migrants
- People selling sex
- Gypsy and traveller communities
The Faculty has published national standards for health services (endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians), offers multi-disciplinary CPD, runs an annual international symposium, and supports a network of regional homeless healthcare hubs and special interest groups.