Two specialists from Saint Michael’s are working in the community as ‘homelessness champions’ to better improve access to end of life care for those who are homeless.
Healthcare Assistant Tracey Plews and Staff Nurse Charlie McEwan are working collaboratively with a local GP surgery and homelessness agencies, as well as volunteering with St Peter’s Church breakfast club.
The project, part of our strategy to remove barriers to end of life care for underrepresented groups, includes creating and delivering training programmes for healthcare professionals working with homeless people in end of life care; for our own teams in supporting people living with homelessness; and establishing improved access to talking therapies with bereavement and loss.
Charlie said: “Working together with other organisations locally, we hope to be able to identify those in the homeless community reaching the last year of life, provide specialist knowledge, and through training and development, support other health professionals who are working with the homeless community at the end of life.”
You can find out more about our three year strategy on our webpage.