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“Inclusion Healthcare” is a social enterprise in Leicester which delivers primary healthcare to homeless people and other vulnerable and hard to reach groups. It was set up in September 2010 using the “Right to Request” initiative by employees Consultant Nurse Jane Gray and GP Dr Anna Hiley who feared that the homeless healthcare service at Leicester City PCT might be lost or put out to tender.
Since inception as a social enterprise “Inclusion Healthcare” has been able to look for gaps in primary healthcare delivery and opportunities to improve services for the vulnerable and hard to reach population it serves.
A partnership was formed with the Consultant Hepatologist from the University Hospitals of Leicester, Public Health Consultant at the Leicester City Primary Care Trust and Inclusion Healthcare. We are now able to offer patients with Hepatitis C prompt referral to an in-house clinic. The clinic is held every week at the “Dawn Centre” and is managed by an experienced Hepatitis C Specialist Nurse who liaises closely with members of the primary care team (including a named GP) and Consultant Hepatologist.
Grant funding has been obtained from the Strategic Health Authority (SHA) to get the service off the ground and fund the clinic for 12 months whilst negotiations are currently underway to measure the success of this service and secure funding on an on-going basis.
Patients are given the choice whether they wish to be referred to the hospital clinic or the in-house service but all to date have opted to be seen here in our busy but friendly health suite on site at the “Dawn Centre”. We already have patients receiving treatment for Hepatitis C and are aware that if this service had not been available they would either have been reluctant or would not have accessed the hospital service instead preferring their care to be delivered in familiar surroundings.
The QNI “Opening Doors” initiative has provided me with a forum for discussion and to additional training and development. It has reinforced my passion in looking for innovative solutions to improving access to treatment and services for the homeless population we serve.
Jane Gray Consultant Nurse and Executive Director of Inclusion Healthcare