Pathway’s CEO Alex Bax said:  “I’m so pleased that Dee has decided to join our core team. I know that Dee’s extensive senior level knowledge, skills and experience, and the personal commitment she brings, will substantially increase Pathway’s ability to influence the wider health and social care system.”

Dee O’Connell said:  “I am delighted to be joining Pathway’s core team. Their mission to improve the health and wellbeing for people experiencing homelessness is one that speaks deeply to my passion for improving services for people facing multiple exclusion.

It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with so many committed colleagues, as well as those in the NHS, housing and beyond, doing such excellent and important work on inclusion health. As the external environment gets ever more challenging for people experiencing exclusion, Pathway’s drive to change how health services respond is needed now more than ever. ”


Editor’s notes:

Pathway is the UK’s leading homeless healthcare charity. It works with the NHS and other partners to create improved models of care for people experiencing homelessness. Pathway’s model of a multi-disciplinary team in a hospital uses the opportunity of a hospital admission to enable people experiencing multiple exclusion to move onto a more positive life path.

Founded in 2009, Pathway has worked to improve the quality of healthcare homeless and excluded groups receive by:

  • developing and sharing best models of care like its hospital teams;
  • increasing specialist skills of workers in healthcare;
  • influencing policy; and
  • reducing stigma in healthcare against people experiencing multiple exclusion.


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The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government is now called the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

The DLUHC  supports communities across the UK, and is a ministerial department supported by 13 agencies and public bodies. Its work includes investing in local areas to drive growth and create jobs, delivering homes, supporting community and faith groups, and overseeing local government, planning and building safety.