Homeless Patient Pathway
Our Homeless Patient Pathway operates within Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital Trust and Heart of England Foundation Trust, identifying those who are at risk of rough sleeping prior to discharge. Our clinical team led by an experienced GP works alongside our housing specialists to provide both health and housing support and advice. We have worked alongside the hospital trusts and other health partners to develop a clear pathway for all patients who access acute hospitals who are risk of being homeless.
In the first six months of the pathway over 180 patients experiencing homelessness were safely discharged to suitable accommodation, as well as being supported to better manage their health once out in the community. The pathway’s ground breaking work has recently been acknowledged when they won a GP Enterprise Award in the Caring for Vulnerable Groups Category in 2014.