Homelessness, Social Exclusion & Health Inequalities 2015

From Margins to Mainstream

3rd International Symposium - Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th March 2015

ILEC Conference Centre and Hotel Ibis Earls Court, London SW6

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The UK Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health’s annual symposium on health, homelessness and multiple exclusion takes place in London on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th
March 2015.

The symposium is developed by Pathway (the homeless health charity) and the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health with support from the Health Foundation.

This is the third symposium bringing together the latest in evidence and best practice from around health and public services to create a digital library of professional development material in this fast developing discipline.


Speakers include

Professor Aidan Halligan
Chair, Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health

Dr Nigel Hewett OBE
Medical Director, Pathway

Lord Adebowale CBE, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis (APPG)

Dr Al Story
Clinical Lead, London Find and Treat Service, UCLH

Dr Martin McShane, Director of Improving the quality of life for people with Long Term Conditions (Domain 2), NHS England

Professor Andrew Hayward, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Inclusion Health Research, Farr Institute, UCL

Dr Austin O’Carroll, GP Mountjoy Street Family Practice, Dublin and Safetynet Network of Specialised Services for Homeless People 

Alex Bax, Chief Executive, Pathway

A personal perspective of a service user

Chaired by Dr Yvonne Doyle, London Regional Director, Public Health England on day one

Chaired by Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC on day two

Programme Overview

This year’s programme focuses on the links between poor health and homelessness, health service responses, in the UK and with European input.

2015 has a dedicated stream on Mental Health.

The content will update professionals on specific themes identified by Faculty members over the last year and explore the development of the UK “Inclusion Health” programme.

These include:

  • Faculty of Homeless and Inclusion Health: pathway programme
  • Inclusion Health: defining a new discipline
  • How can health services identify the most vulnerable?
  • The balance between specialist and mainstream healthcare provision of the most excluded
  • Processes of exclusion – can health services reform
  • How can we reduce premature mortality at the extremes?
  • set the research agenda for homelessness and health
  • new health commissioning models for homeless and excluded groups
  • defining education and training needs for clinicians who work with homeless and other severely excluded groups
  • identifying new service models or health service responses that work
  • considering homeless people’s health issues and those of other severely excluded groups in the wider context of health inequalities in British society

Professionals and people with personal experience of homelessness and service delivery will play a leading role in the programmes.

European speakers bring experience from other urban health and public systems and the lessons that can be learned.

A key theme reflecting the growing understanding of mental health challenges, and which runs through the 2 day programme, will be how the psychological harms often associated with homelessness can influence the way homeless people access and use all kinds of healthcare.  And how better working with mental health services is necessary for better outcomes.

Building a Digital Library on Homelessness, Health and Inclusion*

A new resource for Health, Housing and Social Care

Every delegate can access this material online to share with their colleagues.  You will have unlimited and repeated access to the videos, podcasts, slides and documents after the conference.

See the videos from the last two years:

2014 Homeless Health & Inclusion Digital Library

2013 Homeless Health & Inclusion Digital Library