More than shelter: Supported accommodation and mental health

Centre for Mental Health, June 2016

This report reviews evidence about supported housing services for people with mental health problems in England.

People experiencing mental health problems are also more likely than average to experience difficulties with accommodation, e.g. rent or mortgage difficulties, living in deprived neighbourhoods and experiencing isolation. The report finds that there is very limited evidence about what kinds of support are most effective for people with mental health problems, but that most people prefer help in their own homes to being in sheltered or transitional accommodation.

Click here to read the full report.


Psychologically informed environments: a literature review

The Mental Health Foundation, February 2016

In this report, commissioned by St Mungo’s, the Mental Health Foundation have used a rapid review approach to assess the evidence available on PIEs in UK homelessness settings. The report shows that PIEs are a promising development with evidence indicating that they work. However, it also concludes that there is further research needed in the following key areas: Factors contributing to success in implementation, ways to overcome difficulties and a coherent outcome framework/toolkit, which is publically available to help measure change for providers.

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Inclusion health: education and training for health professionals: end of study report

Department of Health, January 2016

The Inclusion Health programme aims to improve the health and well-being of homeless people and other vulnerable groups. This report emphasises the need for a combination of clinical and non-clinical skills and knowledge in working with these groups, and identifies possible opportunities for strengthening education and training of health care professionals.

The report reviews:
•the level of skills, awareness and knowledge of health professionals to support vulnerable groups
•the barriers to health and care services faced by these groups
•the current professional guidance on Inclusion Health issues, that is working with and caring for vulnerable groups
•the commitment of education providers to include Inclusion Health issues in wider training, drawing on the views and experience of health professionals

Click here for further information and to download the report.

Assessing the health of people who are homeless

The Queen’s Nursing Institute, October 2015

The Queen’s Nursing Institute have produced guidance for community nurses to help them assess the health of homeless people.

The resource features a template health assessment including general physical health, presence of long term conditions, substance use, mental health, sexual health and housing. It also incorporates template care plans for use by nurses and patients.

Click here to download the guidance.

Homeless Health Network National Survey 2014

The Queen’s Nursing Institute, August 2014

The Homeless Health Network is a network of over 700 health professionals interested in better healthcare for people experiencing homelessness. Mental health and alcohol related problems are among the top issues reported in the 2014 survey.

Click here to view the summary of findings from the survey.