Smile4life Reflexive Mapping Exercise: Better health and social care for homeless people

Ekta Gupta, Andrea Rodriguez, Garima Arora, Ruth Freeman

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This report presents the Reflexive Mapping Exercise of services (RME) in Aberdeen to address homelessness. This mapping was undertaken in collaboration with University of Aberdeen and Shelter Scotland as an initiative under the Smile4life (Scottish Oral Health Improvement Homelessness Programme) programme. The report adopts a Reflexive mapping (RME) approach which provides a practical framework in the context of the design and implementation of health and social care integration to tackle homelessness. The mapping covers services in eight areas: Housing Support Information and Advice, Health and Psychosocial Well-being, Furniture, Employment, Education/Training on Life Skills (employment, literacy), Food/ Personal Hygiene Assistance, Community Development and Networking.

The RME in Aberdeen has enabled us to know who we are, what we do and what we want, as well as to initiate a process to achieve better linkage of professionals and service users with key available services. The data presented here provides relevant information for local authorities and government agencies to identify gaps in service provision and inequitable distribution of services. This can help them plan their interventions to mitigate and to prevent homelessness.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAberdeen
PublisherUniversity of Aberdeen
Number of pages62
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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