Health and Homelessness Report. Discussion Forum and Workshop: “Building collaborative work for homelessness, health and social care integration”

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Abstract

It is widely recognised that a meaningful response to the needs and aspirations of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness requires a holistic, person centred approach delivered across services in housing, health and social care.

The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 which took effect from April 2016, legislates for NHS and statutory care services to work together where there is a joint responsibility for the health and care needs of patients. This aims to ensure that those who use the services get the right care and support whatever their needs, at any point in their care journey.
A collaborative partnership has been established between Shelter Scotland, the Dental Health Services Research Unit, University of Dundee and the School of Education, University of Dundee, to host a forum in Dundee for local agencies to come together to discuss best ideas and approaches to achieving this shared ambition.

“Building collaborative work for homelessness, health and social care integration” event held on 18th May 2016 began a multi-agency conversation focused on developing the best approach to the creation and delivery of more integrated health and social care services for people facing health and homelessness issues.

This event was designed as a platform from which to discuss existing services as well as the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and barriers to integrated service delivery for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness in Dundee.

This Report summarizes the key themes and group discussions explored during the event and provides summary and analysis of the issues discussed. The Report concludes with key recommendations and suggested actions to support the required changes identified by the Group.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

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