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Annual conference for health workers in homelessness sector attracts biggest audience to date

An annual conference aimed at health workers in the homelessness sector has attracted its biggest audience to date.

The fourth Homeless Healthcare Conference was organised by the London Network of Nurses and Midwives in Homelessness and supported by the London Housing Foundation.

 

Delegates from a wide range of professions and organisations involved in helping homeless people heard presentations on the importance of integrating healthcare from speakers including Dame Eileen Sills, chief nurse and Dr Al Story, clinical lead at Find and Treat. A series of workshops were also held, discussing issues that can hinder integration such as palliative care, trafficking and mental health.

 

Sam Dorney-Smith of the Network said “This was our best conference yet in terms of attendance, speakers and the debates we had. There is nowhere else that professionals in disparate sectors but all working to improve the health of homeless people can get together. We know that integration of services and pathways is essential if we are to improve what we do and this conference helped to identify some of the actions needed to achieve that.” 

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