BCP Council receives grant to help street sleepers get out of hospital

The BCP Council received funding from the central government to provide health and social support to homeless or vulnerable residents of the metropolitan area who have been released from emergency care.

A total of £ 640,000 has been awarded by the Department of Health and Social Affairs to help reduce inequalities in health and social protection by providing out-of-hospital care to homeless residents of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Many homeless residents who are released from hospital continue to sleep on the streets or are at high risk of losing their temporary accommodation and are often readmitted to emergency care.

The funding will contribute to a multidisciplinary approach providing care and support to homeless patients, many of whom frequent emergency departments.

Councilor Hazel Allen, BCP Council Senior Homeless Member, said: “We are committed to working with our partners to ensure equitable access to health, social care and housing services for our homeless population. shelter.

“This will ensure that there is a cohesive approach to meeting the needs of all homeless patients in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole by improving the clinical and social care needs of homeless patients once in the community and thereby reducing emergency hospitalization incidents.

“We hope that our working in partnership will help break the cycle of people returning to the streets, helping them find safe and long-term housing. ”

It is hoped that the funding will also help those who cannot engage in services due to barriers caused by mental health or substance abuse.

Health and social service partners will work to ensure that health care, accommodation and clinical needs are met for patients, thereby improving handoff of care from hospital and thereby reducing the number of readmissions to care emergency.

It is hoped that the funding will also help those who cannot engage in services due to barriers caused by mental health or substance abuse.

Health and social service partners will work to ensure that health care, accommodation and clinical needs are met for patients, thereby improving handoff of care from hospital and thereby reducing the number of readmissions to care emergency.

The council works with partners in the Health Action Group, including the BCP Council Housing Services, Adult Social Care and Drug and Alcohol Commissioning, and the University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust , to direct funding to the most vulnerable.

The Health Action Group is involved in the Homeless Care Pathway program, where health and social teams work closely to identify homeless residents once they are admitted to emergency care and provide them with support and care at home. both during their stay and upon their return to the community.

The Homeless Care Pathway is currently operating as a pilot project at Royal Bournemouth Hospital. This funding will ensure that this service is extended to hospitals in Bournemouth and Poole.

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