3rd International Symposium of the Faculty of Homeless and Inclusion Health

Pathway is delighted to announce dates for the 2015 Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health International Symposium: 4 and 5 March 2015.  The two day meeting will once again be held in London.  Work is under way to develop the programme, attract sponsorship and encourage colleagues from across the NHS, local government and the voluntary sector to come along to two days of passion, debate, and shared learning.  The 2015 symposium will take place only a couple of months ahead of the UK general election so it will be a good time to assess the achievements of the coalition Government in meeting it’s ambition to improve the health of the poorest fastest.  We are also planning for the 2015 symposium to have a strong focus on mental health, given the high prevalence of mental illness and distress among homeless and otherwise excluded patient groups. For more details about  speakers and all the workshop strands visit the conference web site.

The full video libraries of the last two symposia are now all freely available on Policy Review TV, together with all slides and presentation materials. We have produced a quick guide to the presentations at the 2014 symposium so you can find the content you are after more easily.  Click here to see more.   Click here for a written report of the 2014 event.

2nd International Symposium of the Faculty of Homeless and Inclusion Health

Pathway is delighted to announce the date of the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health’s 2nd International Symposium. The symposium will take place in London on 5th and 6th March 2014. It follows on from the hugely successful first event held in February this year. See https://www.pathway.org.uk/news-2/ for more information about the 2013 event.

The theme of our 2014 symposium is the health consequences of recession on the most excluded. Our first symposium was described by delegates as ‘inspirational’, ‘moving,’ and ‘challenging’. A community drugs worker said on the way out: ‘this was best event I have ever been to. Every drug service in the country should have been here.’

For more information about the Symposium including the agenda and booking details please click here. (Booking in now closed for this event, to watch the event please visit https://www.policyreview.tv/conference/947-homelessness-social-exclusion- (please note this will take you to an external website)

Faculty members are invited to submit short proposals for workshop topics or presentations. Please email your suggestions to info@pathway.org.uk

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

Date 24th January 2014. 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.

Click here to read this and other publications from the faculty.

Press Release

Embargoed for release, 00.01 a.m. 13 May 2013

Health Minister Anna Soubry MP launches Pathway medical respite standards and announces £10 million funding

Pathway’s homeless health team at UCLH will today welcome health Minister Anna Soubry MP on a visit to University College Hospital in London.  The minister will meet Pathway’s UCLH team, some current and former homeless patients, as well as UCLH Chief Executive Sir Robert Naylor and Pathway Chairman, Professor Aidan Halligan.

The Minister’s visit coincides with publication of Pathway’s service specification for medical respite provision for homeless patients – defining a new model of intermediate care for chronically unwell homeless or destitute patients leaving hospital. To shape the new service model and make the case to the NHS Pathway has worked with partners across the homelessness sector, and with members of the Faculty of Homeless and Inclusion Health.  Evidence suggests that NHS provision of medical respite for defined groups of homeless patients would improve health and social outcomes for homeless patients, and should save money for the health service.

During her visit the Minister was expected to announce £10 million of Department of Health funding for voluntary and community sector providers to work with the NHS to develop post hospital discharge services for homeless patients.

Speaking ahead of the Minister’s visit Dr Nigel Hewett, Pathway medical director and specialist homelessness GP said:

“I look forward to showing Anna Soubry some of the work we do with homeless patients in hospital. The announcement of funding to support new models of intermediate healthcare for homeless patients is hugely welcome. I hope this funding will lead to the provision of the medical respite services described in the report we have published today.  We see too many patients who currently cycle in and out of hospital without ever getting the chance to fully recover their health, and improving a patient’s health is a vital part of breaking the cycle of homelessness.”

Formerly homeless Pathway Care Navigator Josie Mavromatis said:

“It’s very exciting to have the chance to tell a Government Minister about the work we do with homeless patients in hospital.  It’s great that the Government seems to understand the need for more of the right kinds of services for homeless people when they leave hospital. Looking back at my own experience of being on the streets, a place where you can be safe, cared for medically, and given time, space and support to think about your life might have helped me get away from the streets years earlier than I did.”

Notes to editors

Pathway is a new charity that develops models of integrated healthcare for single homeless people and rough sleepers. Working within the NHS it puts the patient at the centre of their own care pathways and works to transform health outcomes for one of the most vulnerable and deprived groups in our society.  There has been a Pathway team at UCLH for three years.  There are Pathway teams in two other London hospitals and in Brighton, and funding in place to introduce three further teams in the next six months. For more information about Pathway’s work got to  www.pathway.org.uk   or to make a donation click here and be taken to the Pathway secure donations page

Medical respite for homeless people: outline service specification was published by Pathway today, 13 May 2013. The document sets out for health service commissioners and service providers standards medical respite provision should meet how to manage patient flows, and staffing and service requirements.

Press inquiries for Pathway call Alex on: 07775 625093

For our first two years of operation we used the name London Pathway, however as we have spread, supporting Pathway teams and homeless health partners across the country, we have dropped the word ‘London’ from our name.





Faculty of Homeless and Inclusion Health conference ‘inspirational’

Around 180 delegates attended the Faculty’s first international conference last week. Breakout sessions focussed on addiction, recovery, mental health, brain injury, infection, housing entitlements, intermediate care, street sex worker’s health, psychological support for staff and much more.  Main platform speakers included Junior Health Minister Anna Soubry MP, who spoke with passion about the priority she attached to the health of the poorest; Sir Michael Marmot, who described how the health chances of homeless people and others at the bottom of the social scale are both unfair and unjust because we know what the causes are; and international speakers from the US and Ireland, who inspired delegates with examples of their commitment to homeless people’s health and welfare.  Homeless people at the conference talked about the passion they saw in health workers. All agreed that services should never give up on anyone, and that the most successful health services for people on the margins of society first and foremost treat patients as people, and invest energy, time and emotion in truly getting alongside their clients. 
Dr Peter Buchman, specialist homeless GP from East London sent a message after the conference:
“Just want to send a big congratulations to all of you who organised the wonderful conference. So inspiring. The two American Jims are shining examples of how to stay motivated & compassionate. Thanks for an exhausting, stimulating, action packed but strangely spiritually uplifting couple of days. Very well done. “
The Faculty issued a press release to co-incide with the conference calling on the Government to commit to the Faculty’s core standards for health services for homeless people, and expressing profound concern at the long term health consequences of the Government’s welfare reforms, especially the changes to housing benefits.
At the Faculty’s next full meeting members wiil reflect on the conference and how to follow it up. Many people have already said the Faculty should organise another one next year. The full programme for this year’s event is still available on the Neil Stewart Associates web site here, and delegates have permanent access to all presentations, and video of all the plenary sessions by entering the voucher code on the back of their delegate pack in to the Policy TV homepage. We will be producing a fuller review of the event shortly, including a report from our service user group who attended all the sessions.

Research trial of Pathway homeless service features on the BBC


BBC London today reported on the randomised controlled trial we are supporting at Barts Health and in Brighton and Sussex University Hospital. The research trial is funded by a National Insitute of Health Research grant.  it is testing whether we can detect longer term health benefits in homeless patients who have received support from a Pathway team during their time in hospital. The formal trial period started in early 2012 and will finish in June 2013, by which time the research statisticians should have gathered enough data. Dr Peter Buchman, the Pathway’s hospital GP at the Royal London Hospital was interviewed for BBC London Tonight, along with the director of the research study, Professor Graham Foster from Queen Mary’s, University of London.
Click this link to watch the report.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-21258498



Pathway and the Faculty for Homeless & Inclusion Health – International Conference


In partnership with the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health we are delighted to announce our first International Symposium. The two day event will take place on 27 and 28 February 2013, at Congress Centre, London WC1B

The theme for the event is ‘Improving the health of the poorest fastest’.  A wide range of speakers will look at homeless health in its broader social and economic context, share international best practice from Europe and the United States, and present examples of the best health services responses to homeless and otherwise severely excluded adults.  The programme includes a large number of workshop sessions enabling delegates to discuss specific issues in more detail.  There are both practical workshops for frontline NHS staff (for example on clients’ housing and benefit entitlements, or the provision of street based health services) and theoretical or more clinically focussed sessions – for example on infection, on brain injury, and on addiction.  Members of the Faculty have helped to draw up the two day programme which includes a strong focus throughout on mental health.  Some of us are particularly looking forward to Chris Scanlon and John Adlam’s presentation ‘Against social exclusion: the Diogenes paradigm’ which presents a new way of thinking about the psychological harms that homeless people so often have to face.

Keynote speakers include from overseas Dr Jim O’Connell, President of the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless; Walter Kamp from the City of Amsterdam and Dublin based Dr Austin O’Carroll; and from the UK Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Professor Steve Field, and Duncan Selby, Chief Executive of Public Health England.

Pathway is delighed to announce that, thanks to funding from the Inclusion Health Unit in the Department of Health, we will be running a supported service user programme to ensure that service users can attend the event and that service users’ voices are heard throughout.  Conference organisers Neil Stewart Associates have taken on the task of running the event.

Click here to see the full programme, delegate prices, and booking details.



Winner, HSJ Award for Patient Centred Care

Pathway won national recognition this week when we were awarded the Health Service Journal Award for best Patient Centred Care project.  After a nail biting evening at a hotel on London’s Park Lane, with over 1,400 colleagues from right across the NHS, Kim Guest, from O2 health (sponsors of this category), announced that London Pathway had won the award.
The judges said that Pathway had “demonstrated how to make a real different to an often forgotten group of people.”  
Pathway was represented at the awards ceremony by Josie Mavromatis, Senior Care Navigator, and Alex Bax, Chief Executive.
Speaking on the night Alex Bax said: “This award brings national recognition to an incredible team of staff – doctors, nurses and Pathway Care Navigators.  We now have Pathway teams in four UK hospitals and I hope that the publicity we get will encourage other hospitals to get in touch to see how we can work with them.  Our UCLH Pathway team would like to dedicate this award to a homeless patient called Wayne, who had been making great progress until his sudden death last weekend.”
Notes to editors
There are Pathway homeless health teams in University College Hospital, the Royal London Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital in London, and in Brighton University Hospital. Pathway is working with a number of other hospitals to share the model of specialist homeless health teams.
The HSJ Awards Ceremony took place on 20th November 2012 at the Grosvenor House Hotel.  The evening was dedicated to rewarding those who have raised the standard of healthcare in the UK.  Pathway won the Patient Centred Care award ahead of eight other shortlisted projects.

Sadly the link to the BMJ video no longer exists, we are working to try and remedy this for you)



Pathway shortlisted for the Health Service Journal Awards 2012

Pathway is delighted to announce we have been shortlisted for the 2012 Health Service Journal awards.  We are among the nine finalists in the Patient Centred Care category. It’s great to have got this far and all our hospital teams are very excited.  The winners are announced at an awards ceremony in London on 20th November. We have been interviewed by the HSJ panel of judges and now wait for 20th November.

Pathway in the BMJ and in a podcast


Pathway’s core service at UCLH is the subject of a review in the British Medical Journal this week.  The article ‘A general practitioner and nurse led approach to improving hospital care for homeless people’, was written by Nurse Trudy Boyce, Dr Nigel Newett and Professor Aidan Halligan.  The article reviews a range of data from the service at UCLH to show that a Pathway hospital team appears to be cost effective (it saves the NHS money) and quality effective (it makes things better for patients).  To mark the articles publication the BMJ visited UCLH, interviewing core members of the team, homeless patients and attending the weekly multi agency team meeting.
To listen to the podcast click here.

The full paper is also on the Pathway publications page – follow the link above or click here for a copy.


London Pathway has been selected as the beneficiary charity to a fabulous concert being put on by the Beckenham Concert Band and Hampstead Royal Free Music Society.  We are hugely greatful to the members of the Band and the Royal Free Music Society.The concert is being held to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and takes place at St Barnabas’ Church in Beckenham Kent. The concert starts at 7.00 p.m.  Music will include State Occasion by Farnon; I Was Glad – Parry; Land of Hope and Glory and conclude with a rousing finale of Pomp and Circumstance.Refreshments will be available in the interval.  For more information about the evening email  diamondjubileeconcert@stbarnabasbeckenham.org

Health Minister Paul Burstow MP visits London Pathway service

The Pathway team welcomed Health Minister Paul Burstow MP this morning on a visit to the service at University College Hospital.  The Minister met former and current patients and heard about their experience of hospital health care.  The visit marked publication of a new report recommending that all hospitals put in place a systematic, co-ordinated approach to the discharge of homeless patients.   Pathway is identified in the report as a leading example of best practice.  The Minister was joined at UCLH by Professor Steve Field, Chair of Inclusion Health, Charles Fraser, Chief Executive of St Mungo’s and Matt Harrison, Acting Chief Executive of Homeless Link.  A BBC team interviewed Pathway medical director Dr Nigel Hewett, and Care Navigator, Josie Mavromatis who both appeared on the Radio 4 Today programme.  Josie spoke about her personal experience of health services when she was homeless to BBC London Tonight.  
You can listen to the radio coverage by following this link.  (please note, the BBC have now removed the end link)
The report ‘Improving Hospital Admission and Discharge for people who are homeless‘, is available on the Homeless Link, and St Mungo’s web sites.  It was funded by the Inclusion Health Board at the Department of Health.    
The story is also featured on the BBC News web site here. 

Stand-up comedy night, 26th March 2012 at the Bloomsbury Theatre

London Pathway is delighted to announce our second stand-up comedy night.  Seven comedians are giving their time for free to raise money to support our work.  The fantastic line up top comedians includes Mitch Benn, Hal Cruttenden, Scott Capurro, Adam Bloom, Paul Tonkinson, and Tom Allen.  Tickets are on sale now from the theatre box office. Book now to avoid dissappointment and tell all you friends about the gig. For more information and  to book tickets click here.

Homelessness is a silent killer

Homelessness charity Crisis published new research on mortality amongst homeless people on December 21st 2011.  Using national data sets Dr Bethan Thomas from the University of Sheffield produced new mortality estimates for homeless people. She calculated the average age of death for homeless people to be around 47, and only 43 for homeless women. The report’s publication was covered by the Today programme on Radio 4, on television news and in a number of national newspapers. Speaking to the Guardian newspaper Pathway chief executive Alex Bax said:”This new report from Crisis demonstrates once again why the NHS needs to pay specific attention to the health consequences and costs of homelessness, and make homeless health a priority.  The best NHS services can literally save homeless people’s lives but far too many health services treat homeless people as second class citizens.”The full research report is avaiable on the Crisis web site here.

Pathway makes an impact

According to researchers  at New Philanthropy Capital, Pathway is one of six organisations “at the forefront of charity impact measurement.”  The report by New Philanthropy Capital, “A journey to greater impact: six charities that learned to measure better” was published on 17th November.  The report is available to download from the New Philanthropy Capital web site  The publication prompted Guardian Society to run a feature about impact measurement in charities.To read The Guardian piece click here.


Stand-up comedy fundraiser, 8th November, Leicester Square

We are delighted to announce our first public fund raising event.  Put together for us by The Charity Fundraiser, we are hosting an evening of top quality stand-up comedy at the Leicester Square Theatre on 8th November 2011, at 7.30 p.m.The evening is compered by award winning comic Stephen Grant and the line up includes Sara Pascoe, Terry Alderton, Paul Tonkinson, Josh Widdicombe and Colin Hoult, plus a surprise special guest. Tickets are only £15.00 and all proceeds come to London Pathway.  Click here for more information about the evening and to book your tickets.We look forward to seeing you on the night.  Thank you for your support for our work.

Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter commends the Pathway service

16/09/2011 Speaking after leading the the UCL Partners/Monitor sponsored ‘Value in Healthcare Delivery’ leadership seminar Professor Porter said the Pathway approach to improving care for homeless people, ” is an excellent example of how a value based approach can better serve patients, reduce inequalities, and deliver better outcomes that matter to patients per pound spent”.The Pathway service running at UCLH was selected as one of four examples of value based innovation in UK healthcare delivery, for presentation and discussion at the two day conference with UK health leaders in London in June.  Following the conference we have been approached by a number of other hospital trusts keen to work with us on introducing the Pathway model in their institutions.  If you would like to discuss introducing a Pathway team into your hospital please contact us at info@londonpathway.org.ukClick the link below for a copy of the Harvard Business School short ‘case paper’ describing the service at UCLH and prepared for the seminar.

Launch of new standards for health services for homeless people

London Pathway is hosting a reception at St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square this evening to celebrate the launch of a new set of Standards for Health Services for Homeless People.  The Standards have been developed by the Faculty for Homeless Health, a new faculty of the College of Medicine.Speaking at the launch, Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Government’s inclusion health board, said “We know that homeless people are some of the most excluded and vulnerable in British Society.  We also know that health outcomes for homeless people are not good. Clear standards can help drive up the quality of care across the health service.  The next task is to make sure the Standards are implemented, so I look forward to working with all the members of the Faculty of Homeless Health on this.Pathway chief executive Alex Bax said: “We are delighted to support the publication of a first set of Standards for health services for homeless people.  It has been inspiring to see the commitment of the members of the Faculty of Homeless Health as they worked together to develop this document.  I hope the standards will play a signfificant role in improving NHS provision for all homeless people in the country.”The Standards for commissioners and service providers can be downloaded here.There is more information about the Faculty for Homeless Health here

The London Pathway wins major grant from the Health Foundation

The London Pathway has won one of eight grants from the Health Foundation to be part of their ‘Closing the Gap’ programme.  The grant of just under £400,000 over two years is a huge boost to the development of the London Pathway.
It will help to support the continued development of our services at UCLH and the addition of London Pathway Care Navigators to our homeless health teams. London Pathway Care Navigators are people with personal experience of homelessness who will work alongside our specialist medical staff in hospitals to be-friend, mentor and support homeless patients during their time in hospital and, crucially, in the immediate discharge period.  The funding also supports us to share what we have achieved so far with colleagues at the Royal London Hospital and Brighton and Sussex NHS Trusts. The two year programme will lead to the publication of  detailed reviews of our work with the support of expert independent evaluators from the Health Foundation.  It will make a major contribution to the evidence of what works with homeless patients.
Alex Bax, Chief Executive of the London Pathway said, “Becoming part of the Health Foundation’s Closing the Gap programme is tremendously exciting.  The rigorous external evaluations that will come out of Closing the Gap will help us learn in much more detail which are the key components of our our service model and provide vital evidence to others in the NHS about the value of the work we do.  Central to our approach is putting homeless patients at the centre of their care, and changing medical relationships around them, and this is the core focus of the Health Foundation’s programme. We are also looking forward to learning from the other projects taking part in the scheme.
Click here for more information about the Closing the Gap programme and the Health Foundation

Closing the Gap logo


The London Pathway in the Guardian

The London Pathway at UCLH was the front page feature in Society Guardian on Wednesday 23rd February 2010.  The feature by journalist Amelia Hill generated a great response on the Guardian web site.  Read the article and the comments here

Annual review – patient histories and new data


NEWS RELEASE, The london Pathway publishes its first annual review

22nd February 2011 
The London Pathway has published a review of its first full year running a specialist service for homeless patients in University College Hospital in London.
This new report features a series of powerful case histories and presents further evaluation of the costs and benefits of the London Pathway service. 
We know that homeless people attend A&E six times more often that people with homes, are admitted to hospital four times as often and because of the severity of their multiple illnesses they stay in hospital three times as long.  All this adds up to acute care costs up to eight times higher than for the average housed patient.
Our new report shows that at University College Hospital:
•    Each unscheduled admission of a homeless patient costs on average £3,399.
•    During one year 263 homeless people were admitted 446 times.
•    Over half of emergency re-admissions for homeless patients occurred within 30 days, and cost the hospital over £330,000.
The London Pathway service has improved homeless patient’s experience and the quality of their care and reduced ‘bed blocking’ by homeless patients. It has also improved the quality of inter-agency working around homeless patients with complex and multiple health needs.The London Pathway is now developing plans to spread the service to other major hospitals in London and beyond.
Homeless people who have used our service said:”You were the only ones that felt my life was worth saving. I am now back with my family.  A family I have not seen for ten years.”
“I’ve never stayed in hospital as long as this before but I know you are really going to help me, I trust you, that’s why I’m staying.”
Professor Aidan Halligan, Chairman of the London Pathway said:“Central to the London Pathway is our commitment to compassion and care defining the best health services.  This new report shows that we can make a real difference to the lives of homeless people admitted to hospital.”
EndsNotes to editors
1.    ‘A report on the first twelve months of service development’ is available on the London Pathway web site at https://londonpathway.org.uk/uploads/London-Pathway-Report-1st-12-Months.pdf 
2.    The London Pathway is a new charity formed to transform healthcare provision for homeless people.  It is chaired by Professor Aidan Halligan. Other Trustees include Sir Peter Dixon, Sir Ian Kennedy and Lord Ajay Kakkar.
3.    The London Pathway won the 2010 Andy Ludlow Homelessness Award, sponsored by the Department for Communities and Local Government, London Councils and the London Housing Foundation.
4.    For media inquiries about the London Pathway please email info@pathway.org.uk

London Pathway secures new investment


The London Housing Foundation has agreed to grant the London Pathway £120,000 over the next three years.  This vital investment will be used to support the development of London Pathway specialist homeless health nurse practitioners and to expand our work to train formerly homeless people to work as Care Navigators.Speaking after confirmation of the grant, Alex Bax, London Pathway Chief Executive said:“This is a fantastic vote of confidence in the work we have started.  As a new charity working with some of the most marginalised people in British society, this kind of long term financial support is a real life saver.  The funding will help us to consolidate our core services and expand our capacity to work with new partners across the NHS.”For more information about the London Housing Foundation visit https://www.lhf.org.uk/

Sir Peter Dixon joins London Pathway board of trustees

We are delighted that Sir Peter Dixon has agreed to become one of our Trustees. His tremendous experience at senior levels in the NHS and in housing will be a great asset to the London Pathway as we grow.
Sir Peter is a non-executive director of Quintain Estates and Board Member of the Norfolk Broads Authority. He is Chairman of The Office for Public Management, former Chairman of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as well as a lay member of the Information Tribunal (Lord Chancellor’s Department).
Sir Peter chaired the Housing Corporation, the government’s national affordable housing agency, from October 2003 until December 2008 when it transferred its function to two successor agencies. His previous working life included running a variety of businesses as well as working in banking and finance. Peter was awarded a knighthood ‘for services to the housing sector’ by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Year Honours List 2009      


London Pathway opens a ‘Just Giving’ link

We have agreed with UCLH Charity to use their facility with ‘Just Giving’ to make it easier for our supporters to make direct donations to the London Pathway. Click here to go to our ‘donations’ page.

David Pascall CBE joins London Pathway Board of Trustees

We are delighted that David Pascall CBE has agreed to become one of our Trustees. His extensive experience in business and in Government will be a huge asset to the charity as we develop. 

New TB figures from Health Protection Agency

The HPA released their latest monitoring report on TB last week. Figures for last year were the highest for 30 years and the number of multi-drug resistant cases of TB, while remaining small overall, has also doubled in the last decade.  The HPA’s figures report 3,440 cases of TB in London in 2009, just over 40% of all cases in England.  Rough sleepers and single homeless people are particularly vulnerable to TB.




The London Pathway on film


Watch a short film about the London Pathway on London Councils’ web site athttps://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk:80/housing/andyludlow/2010/2010shortlistLondonPathway.htm

The London Pathway achieves charitable registration

The London Pathway has passed through all the necessary steps with the Charity Commission to become a registered charity.  This is an important stage for the project as we can now move on to develop a long-term fund raising strategy to spread our practice to others and build the full range of services we plan to offer.


The London Pathway wins prestigious homelessness award

A new integrated model of healthcare for homeless people won first prize at the Andy Ludlow Homelessness Award’s ceremony in London last night.The London Pathway service currently running at UCLH now has plans to share it’s model of care with other major hospitals across the capital. The London Pathway brings compassion back to the centre of health services with a specialist homelessness GP and specialist homelessness nurse working with patients to tackle all the problems in their lives during their stay in hospital, and coordinating the work of other medical teams.Compared to patients with somewhere to live, homeless patients attend A&E six times more often, are admitted to hospital four times as often, stay twice as long and cost three times more, and at admission to hospital they are twice as sick. The average age of death of a homeless person has been estimated as between 40 and 44, equivalent to life expectancy in London over 200 years ago. Being homeless is bad for your health but homeless people are often also ‘tri-morbid’: they are suffering not only from a direct physical health problem (infected wounds, head injuries or TB for example) but will often be struggling with addiction and mental illness.Speaking after the awards ceremony Dr Nigel Hewett, London Pathway clinical director and homelessness GP said:”We are delighted and honoured to have won first prize. The recognition that the Andy Ludlow Award brings will really help as we start to share what we do with others working on homeless healthcare. It publicly rewards the incredible dedication of my two London Pathway nurses – Flo Cumberbatch and Trudy Boyce – and all the fantastic staff at UCLH who we work with, and who are trying to turnaround the lives of homeless people.”The London Pathway is a new independent organization focused on driving up the standards of NHS healthcare for homeless people, bringing compassion and care back to the centre of health service provision.  Speaking after the awards ceremony London Pathway chief executive Alex Bax said:”For the London Pathway winning this award is fantastic. As a new organization this kind of recognition will be incredibly helpful as we spread our model to other hospitals and build relationships with others working on homeless healthcare. Key to our model is collaboration and coordination, working with all the agencies that work with the homeless, and using the time a patient is in hospital to try and put them on a better path when they leave.”Notes:The London Pathway is an independent not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, now seeking charitable registration.  It is currently hosted at UCLH Charities but is developing plans to spread its service model across London’s hospital sector and to other cities in the UK with significant street homeless populations. It was founded and is Chaired by Professor Aidan Halligan.The London Pathway’s new web site is at www.londonpathway.org.ukFor media queries contact Ian Lloyd in the UCLH Press Office on: 020 7380 9506
Andy Ludlow Homelessness Award Press Release

London Pathway Shortlisted

The London Pathway has been shortlisted for the Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony at St Martin’s in the fields on 21 October 2010. Find out more on : https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk:80/housing/andyludlow/2010/default.htm


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