In 2018, the QNI announced a homeless health innovation fund, and selected ten local nurse-led projects that would benefit from a year-long programme of financial and professional support from the QNI.

These projects were based in different parts of the country – Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackburn, Brighton, Bristol, Croydon, Newham, Southwark, Surrey and Weston-Super-Mare. The projects were aimed at people who were experiencing homelessness or who were living in vulnerable or temporary housing, including recent migrants, street homeless, people in custody, and Gypsy, Romany and Traveller populations. This programme was part of the QNI’s Fund for Innovation and Leadership programme, supported by Oak Foundation.

Each project received up to £5000 to develop and deliver an innovative approach to caring for vulnerable groups. Nurses’ ideas ranged from TB testing and education in prison to Hepatitis C testing in homeless day centres, to developing kits to avoid infection following self-harm, wellbeing workshops, and child oral health outreach.

The QNI project management team visited all ten projects during 2018 to observe each project in action, talk to the lead nurse and to offer constructive support to help overcome challenges and develop solutions.

The projects all came to a successful end in 2019.

Below is a list of the projects, the report is available to download below.

  • Project: Drop in and NHS Health Check Outreach Clinic
    Patsy Dodd, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Charlotte Swann, Wirral Churches Ark Project, Birkenhead.
  • Project: Five Ways to Wellbeing
    Claire O’Connell and Sheila Shatford, Primary Care Nurses, Homeless Health Service, Bristol.
  • Project: The Gypsy and Traveller Health Bus
    Lisa Gavin, Homeless Health Lead Nurse, Mark Haythorne, Surrey County Council, Redhill, Surrey.
  • Project: Health Champions for the Homeless
    Sihle Malapela, Nurse Practitioner; Abdul Rawkib, Commissioning Manager; Sultan Ahmed, Administrator, Newham, London.
  • Project: HITPlus
    Kendra Schneller, Serina Aboim, Nurse Practitioners, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Southwark, London.
  • Project: Latent TB Screening and Awareness at HMP Birmingham
    Julie McLoughlin, TB Clinical Nurse Specialist; Hanna Kaur, TB Lead Nurse, Kim Bruton, TB Support Worker; University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT.
  • Project: Leap Ahead
    Julia Mullaney and Ann Neville, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Darwen Healthcare.
  • Project: New Clothing as a Health Intervention for Rough Sleepers and Asylum Seekers
    Paul Coleman, Consultant Nurse Homeless and Refugee Health Services; Jennifer Adu, Specialist Health Visitor, Croydon.
  • Project: Self Harm
    Kelly Smith and Rebekah Jeavons, Community Matron Outreach Team, North Somerset.
  • Project: Touch Base
    Margaret O’Sullivan, Community Viral Hepatitis Nurse Specialist, Brighton.


These videos describe ‘Health Champions for the Homeless’ project based in East London.




If you wish to find out more about the projects or programme of work, please contact Samantha Dorney-Smith.

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