New homeless healthcare initiative as figures soar

The number of people sleeping rough in London doubled from 2009-2015, as the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) begins a new initiative to improve healthcare for the homeless.

Transition to Homeless Health Nursing is a new self-guided online resource to help nurses who have recently or are considering transferring into caring for homeless patients. It includes safe working practices, risk assessment and details common patient conditions.

QNI chief executive Dr Crystal Oldman launched the resource at an event attended by nurses and allied health professionals who work with homeless people.

It can be used as a refresher guide for more experienced community nurses, as teaching materials for educators, or learning materials for student nurses looking for a placement or a career move into homeless health nursing.

Homeless health programme manager for the QNI David Parker-Radford said: ‘Excellent nursing care for people who are homeless can only come by learning on the job over time.

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