Homeless people experience a higher rate of health problem, have poorer access to healthcare, and in most cases do not seek early healthcare intervention. Research shows that homeless people have a higher level of admission to hospital emergency departments, and on hospital wards, than the general population.
The Intermediate Care Pilot Project is run by a full-time senior nurse, and Health Support Worker, with clinical support from several GPs. They work very hard to:
In September 2010 a detailed economic review of the project was launched, highlighting the success so far and the need for continued funding. One key finding was that during the period of there was a 77 per cent reduction in hospital admissions and a 52 per cent reduction in Accident and Emergency attendances in the hostel population. Click here to read the September 2010 report.
Read a Society Guardian article about the project, published in December 2009.
Sam Dorney-Smith (Nurse Practitioner), Intermediate Care client, and Dr Sam Kar