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Introducing Unit research to visitors from Northeastern University, Boston
5 June 2015
Researchers at SCWRU were delighted to host 31 students and their tutors from the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, on 28 May, and contribute to their Dialogue of Civilizations programme. The connection grew from Maureen Crane's collaboration and partnership working with homelessness organisations in Boston, Massachusetts, particularly Hearth (formerly Committee to End Elder Homelessness). Presentations by SCWRU members on homelessness research—and also on dementia care pathways and informal carers—were well-received and led to lively and stimulating debates. More on this afternoon.

Major new study to assess the delivery of health care to homeless people
15 April 2015
A major three-year examination of homelessness and health care starts this month at the Social Care Workforce Research Unit. It is led by Dr Maureen Crane, Senior Research Fellow at the Unit, and funded by the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme.

Primary health care for homeless people is delivered in various ways; there is no evidence, however, about which schemes are more effective in addressing homeless people’s health needs. This exciting new study will evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the different schemes, with special reference to their integration with other services and how this impacts on a range of health, social and economic outcomes.

Dr Crane leads a team that includes Louise Joly and Prof Jill Manthorpe, also of the Unit, as well as several researchers from other centres.

The study follows hard on the heels of Rebuilding Lives, which focused on the experience of formerly homeless people once they were housed, the summary report of which was published last month.

The Care Act: good news for homeless people?
23 March 2015

Dr Michelle Cornes visited Manchester and London last week to discuss the implications of the Care Act with commissioners and providers of homelessness and housing related support services. The events were organised by Homeless Link’s ‘Innovation and Good Practice Team’ who have been working closely with SCWRU to raise awareness about the forthcoming changes due to take effect from 1 April 2015. Read Homeless Link’s latest blog on the Care Act | Michelle's presentation | Cornes et al.'s recent discussion paper

‘World class research’ on resettled homeless people launched at King’s
11 March 2015

The summary report of the Rebuilding Lives study was launched at King’s College London yesterday. The study examined the experiences and longer-term outcomes for single homeless people who have been resettled. The event was chaired by Jon Snow (Channel 4 News) who commented, ‘it is vital that the Rebuilding Lives report reaches all the echelons of government, political parties and the private sector’. Mike Clark of the NIHR School for Social Care Research described the work as ‘world class research’. Read report of event | Project page

What does the Care Act 2014 mean for homeless people?
26 February 2015
The SCWRU and Homeless Link have been working together to explore the implications of the Care Act 2014 for people who have multiple and complex needs linked to homelessness. In a discussion document published today, the authors describe how the definition of adult social care and support in the new policy guidance encompasses housing related support (as well as personal care) and how the new eligibility regulations could potentially open-up access to personal budgets among people who were previously excluded on the basis that they fell into one of the ‘ineligible groups’ (e.g. ‘homeless people’). A series of events to discuss the Care Act and the changing funding landscape for homelessness service provision are planned for the Spring. Details will be posted shortly. For more information please contact  

Cornes, M., Mathie, H., Whiteford, M., Manthorpe, J. & Clark, M. (2015) 'The Care Act, Personalisation and the New Eligibility Regulations. A discussion paper about the future of care and support services for homeless people in England', London and Liverpool: Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London; University of Liverpool; London School of Economics.


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