New street outreach guidelines launched


Pathway and the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health are pleased to endorse new street outreach guidelines launched today.

Street outreach brings health care directly to people who are sleeping rough. Standards published by the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health states that specialist primary care services should provide street outreach. Although many homeless health services around the UK are providing street outreach, until this report, there had been no guidance detailing how to deliver this kind of care.

The aim of the guidelines is to assist services to plan new health related street outreach projects, or to review services’ existing outreach. Homeless health services cover a range of locations, and the demographics of people sleeping rough in these areas may differ widely. This outreach document is designed as a flexible tool for sharing best practice and innovative ideas, allowing services to use them as appropriate to their areas.

The street outreach guidance was led by Rosa Ungpakorn, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and the winner of the Advanced Nursing Practice category in the 2020 RCNi awards.

The guidelines bring together people with lived experience and clinicians, and can be found here: Street Outreach.