Holistic Health for the Homeless service

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Rough sleeping is becoming more prevalent in many areas across the country. Lincolnshire is no exception to this and the county has seen an increase in the number of people homeless or living in temporary accommodation in recent years.

A lot of people who find themselves sleeping rough in Lincolnshire gravitate towards Lincoln City because historically and currently there are a number of homeless services within close proximity, including a direct access night shelter.

Historically there have been few specific services for those with the most complex needs.

 

What the service offers

The Holistic Health for the Homeless service (HHH) is open to all individuals that are rough sleeping or who are vulnerably accommodated within the City of Lincoln.

The purpose of the service is to provide physical, mental health care and support to individuals on a planned and unplanned basis. The team works to identify the needs of individuals and provide the appropriate treatment, including case management for people with long term conditions for physical and mental health. The overall aim of the service is to support service users until such a time that the individual can transition back into accessing main stream health provision in primary care.

Christine Coupar, Service Manager, said: “We provide a person-centred health service for people who are homeless or in temporary accommodation. We work with partner organisations, both statutory and voluntary, to provide joined up holistic care that meets people’s needs and requirements.”

 

The team work on ground level, and provide drop in clinics at venues across the City of Lincoln to meet the needs of service users.

The team comprises of:

  • Service Manager
  • GP
  • Psychiatrist
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • x2 Physical Health Nurses (with one prescribing)
  • x2 Assistant Practitioners

 

Referrals

The service operates Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Any partner agency both statutory and voluntary can recommend any person rough sleeping or vulnerably accommodated to the HHH service. Referrals can be made by telephone to the teams contact number or by email to the generic team email address.

01522 307800* / lpft.holistichealthcareforthehomeless@nhs.net

*Please note that the telephone line is not manned and voice messages will be picked up on a daily basis, Monday - Friday, 9am – 5pm.

 

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