The next LNNM Homelessness group meeting is TODAY 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. in the Boardroom of the Margarete Centre, 108 Hampstead Road, NW1 2LS (see link to map: http://goo.gl/maps/eYO8E). The nearest tube stations are Warren St and Euston Square. Speakers at this meeting will include Martin Gibbs of Inclusion Health, as well as David Parker-Radford from the QNI Homeless Project and Deborah Halling from the GLA (to be confirmed). The agenda will also include time to review some of the outcomes from our conference last month, as well as plans for the future.
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Many more services will be added during and after the conference tomorrow.
The Conference is being held in the Crypt at St Martins in the Fields.
St Martin-in-the-Fields is on the north east corner of Trafalgar Square, and any bus bound for Trafalgar Square or Charing Cross Station will bring you to the door. Charing Cross tube is next to the church, and Embankment and Leicester Square are both a short walk away.
Registration will be opening from 9am, with the event opening at 9.30 am.
Martin Gibbs, Deputy Director of the Health Inequalities Unit at the Department of Health has very kindly agreed to be the last speaker on our program. There are also some other minor changes to the program (see the Event Program page).
We are delighted with the enthusiastic response to this conference, which is being entirely run by volunteers. We only have a very few tickets left. We very much look forward to seeing you on the 4th April, and are sure it will be a stimulating and enlightening day!
This is an exert from the London Housing Foundation blog regarding our conference…
Everyone in the sector knows Maggie. And although she can be difficult from time to time, most of us like her.
She is just about everywhere. Outreach teams meet her and try to get her into accommodation, but her behaviour and drinking often make this impossible. Health workers try to engage and help deal with her numerous and chronic problems, but it is sometimes tricky to know where to start. In fact apart from the streets, Maggie has spent most of her times over the last few years in hospital beds: 13 different hospitals to be precise.
Maggie doesn’t fit the traditional boundaries. She has physical problems, and struggles with drink. She has mental health problems, and needs accommodation. She doesn’t stay in one borough, or access only one service. She has multiple needs in multiple places and, to be frank, can play the system when she needs to. So she is discharged by one over worked middle grade A&E doctor with limited resources and a lack of options, only to be delivered by the LAS to another middle grade in another hospital in another part of town. The same lack of resources and options; the same outcome.
So Maggie causes problems for our statistics and defies our best attempts at good information governance practice; and drains our limited time and exasperates many of us. We all know she needs help, but maybe someone somewhere needs to bend the rules, or take a risk, or do something to cut through the systemic challenges that we all see day to day.
The Network of Nurses and Midwives in Homelessness all know Maggie or someone like her, and want to finally do something that might break through.
‘Transforming London Homeless Nursing Services’ is a one day conference on 4th April for nurses, allied professionals and voluntary sector staff working in homeless health across London and has been organised to address the Maggie problem.
Our expert speakers from the NHS, Local Government and the Homelessness sector will look at the problems we face from different perspectives.
We all have the right questions, but working together we think we can move towards some answers.
For more details, and to book your place, go to https://homelessnursingconference.wordpress.com/ and follow us @lnnmhomeless