Leads: Dr Paul Whybrow and Professor Joanne Reeve
Funding: Hull University PhD Cluster
There are an increasing number of people in the UK experiencing economic and housing insecurities. Our goal is to understand the challenges of homelessness health and to improve healthcare for some of the most vulnerable and excluded people. Our research prioritises meeting patient needs through developing effective and practical organisational changes to primary care.
Three linked PhD projects critically examine the experiences of homeless healthcare service users and providers, specifically in relation to hospital admissions and discharge, self-care and the use/non-use of primary care services. The projects will critically examine the Pathway model of homeless healthcare interventions in the context of the wider evidence and in relation to comparable national and international examples.
Local lead: Professor Joanne Reeve
Study lead: Dr Stephanie Tierney (Oxford Department of Primary Healthcare Sciences)
Funding: NIHR HSDR
Social prescribing has been described as a “social revolution in well-being”. It recognises the potential to enhance health and well-being through non-medical routes, but improving access for people to a wider range of supports and services. As part of the Social Prescribing initiatives, we have seen introduction of the new Link Worker role – non-clinical, trained staff who are able to talk with people about their health needs, help them identify non-medical approaches that may help, and then access support. This work develops the work from our published realist synthesis through a realist evaluation of the role of link workers on the ground.
Leads: Matthew Kempson, Ali Waring, Pam Parkinson, Professor Joanne Reeve
The Academy is engaged in work to develop resources to support and link primary care partners across our region and beyond. We publish a regular newsletter, and will be hosting the 2020 SAPC North Conference.