In collaboration with our #HealthNow partners we have developed planning tools, resources and facilitated events about the impact of COVID-19 on the health and lives of people experiencing homelessness.
To find out more please contact #HealthNow Coordinator Rachel: firstname.lastname@example.org. This page contains some of these resources. We have also developed specific advice for people who are homeless during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tools for planning a response to Coronavirus
Groundswell believe that comprehensive local planning is key to mitigate against the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on people experiencing homelessness. While planning and enacting our response to coronavirus we have heard calls for local cross-sector plans to be put in place for people who are experiencing homelessness.
We know that planning processes are moving quickly, and it may not be possible to involve people who are homeless in decision making. We hope that these resources can support their people who are experiencing homelessness to have their concerns heard in planning processes. Plans should be shared and adapted based on local feedback from people who have experience of homelessness.
This document is intended to be a live document and has been developed by Groundswell in a short timescale. It doesn’t claim to represent the views of a broad range of people across the country.
Click on the images to the right or view the presentation below.
Listen Up! Digital primary care: bridging the gap for people experiencing homelessness
Due to Covid-19 primary care services had to change and adapt to ensure health needs are met whilst preventing the spread of the virus. Providers reduced the number of face to face appointments and moved towards digital and remote delivery of healthcare.
Through Groundswell’s research project, Monitoring the impact of Covid-19 on people experiencing homelessness, a briefing about primary care demonstrated that people experiencing homelessness faced significant barriers trying to access healthcare remotely.
We worked with the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health to bring together a range of homelessness and health stakeholders and people with experience of homelessness to discuss the barriers and opportunities of delivering healthcare remotely. Read our findings and recommendations (right).