Health at the Margins
5th July 2018
Health at the Margins has brought together nursing students, educators, researchers and practitioners in homeless healthcare to learn and share ideas.
Speakers have shared their practical experiences when developing ground-breaking homeless health projects and highlight what they’ve learned along the way. The day focused on educating, inspiring, and connecting people with a passion for improving healthcare for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
Thanks to funding from the Oak Foundation and the Queen’s Nursing Institute, the event was free to attend. The day was organised by the Queen’s Nursing Institute and kindly hosted by King’s College London Nursing Department. The event was chaired by Sue Boran, Director of Nursing Programmes, The QNI.
Speakers and presentations:
- Street nursing in Southwark
Kendra Schneller, Nurse Practitioner & Serina Aboim, Nurse Practitioner, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
- Homeless healthcare in the Medway towns
Nicky Tanner, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Medway Community Healthcare
- Hepatitis C testing in a homeless day centre in Brighton
Margaret O’Sullivan, Community Viral Hepatitis Nurse Specialist, Brighton & Sussex NHS & Mike Byrne, Operational Manager, First Base Day Centre, Brighton Housing Trust
- NHS70: Community nurses at the heart of the NHS
Matthew Bradby, Head of Communications, The Queen’s Nursing Institute
- Setting up an emergency night shelter for people experiencing street homelessness
Susan Rutherford, Director, LWS Night Shelter
- Setting up a nurse-led drop-in clinic
Wendy Webb QN, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, University of Worcester
- Addressing health inequalities – homeless children, young people, and families
Caroline Bernard, Joint Head of Policy and Communications, Homeless Link
- Life at the margins
Donna-Marie Thomas, District Nurse, Powys Local Teaching Health Board
Some feedback from the attendees:
“This event has completely changed the way I think about homelessness. It has challenged me, and this will impact on my role as a nurse but also in the rest of my life.”
"The event was extremely well presented. I was very impressed by the variety of speakers and the range of topics discussed. I really liked hearing about the challenges and yet successes made when trying to do something different for homeless people. Very inspiring."
“I had not heard of the QNI prior to this event yet I am really impressed by both the content of the event and the "can do" spirit of the QNI which has inspired me.”