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Primary health care services for people who are homeless - what works?


18JunBench with person's belongings strewn aboutPart of Homelessness series

This webinar will present and discuss findings from the HEARTH study which has carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness, integration, and costs of different models of primary health care services for people who are experiencing homelessness.

The HEARTH study was an evaluation of four models of primary health care services for single people who were homeless. These were: (a) specialist health centres primarily for people who are homeless; (b) mobile homeless health teams; (c) mainstream general practices that also provide services for people who are homeless; and (d) mainstream general practices without specialist services. Ten sites across England and 363 patients who were homeless were recruited and followed up over 12 months. In this webinar Louise Joly and Maureen Crane will present the features of each model, their integration with other health and social care services, and how they performed, drawing on the views of the staff, participants and external agencies.

The event will be led by Dr Maureen Crane, Visiting Reader in Applied Social Research, and Dr Louise Joly, Visiting Research Fellow, from the Homelessness Research Programme within HSCWRU at King's College London. Maureen Crane is a former psychiatric nurse, who pioneered UK research on older people who are homeless in the late 1980s, and since conducted studies of homelessness among people of all ages. Louise Joly is a former district nurse, who worked in a primary health care team for people who were homeless in south London from the late 1990s before moving into health and homelessness research in 2004.


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Homelessness series at King's

The webinar, which takes place on MS Teams only, is part of the Homelessness series, organised out of the NIHR Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London.

Please get in touch with Jess Harris if you would like to join the mailing list for the Homelessness series.

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Jess Harris

Research Fellow

Visiting Reader in Applied Social Research

Visiting Research Fellow

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