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.  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 featured on the BBC News web site here.