As Homeless Health Programme Manager at the Queen’s Nursing Institute, David runs learning and networking events, writes publications and conducts policy research in the field of healthcare for the homeless.
David has been key to growing a national network of health professionals focused on improving healthcare for people who have some of the poorest health outcomes and highest needs for healthcare (the homeless, refugees, gypsies and travellers and sex workers). He has a passion to share knowledge, build awareness and educate to address the huge public health gap between people experiencing homelessness and people living in a stable home.
David edits the e-journal Homeless Health News circulated to over 1500 nationally. He has visited numerous homeless health services around the country and work on multi-partnership homeless health research, policy, practice development and campaigns at a national level. These include membership of:
- National Institute for Health Research Study Steering Groups on Homeless Primary Care and Hospital Discharge (King’s College London)
- London Homeless Health Programme Board
- NHS England Scoping Workshops on End of Life Care and Homelessness
- Lemos & Crane Labour Exploitation of the Homeless Working Group
David manages an advisory group of homeless health nurses, and a Homeless Health Network who together have created specialist health assessment guidance for using with someone experiencing homelessness. He is co-editor of the Transition to Homeless Health Nursing Learning Resource for nurses new to working in the homeless health sector.
He has written numerous articles for health journals and publications including Nursing Times, RCNI, Primary Health Care, British Journal of School Nursing, Independent Nurse, Journal of Community Nursing, Journal of Family Healthcare, Community Practitioner, British Dental Journal and Practice Nursing. He has presented to numerous conferences including Housing 2015, the QNI Annual Conference, the Lemos & Crane Homelessness Conference and chaired a session at the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health International Symposium.
He planned, managed and organised the 2016 Nursing for All: Homeless and Inclusion Health National Conference and Learning Day.
He was one of 50 sector leaders to sign a St Mungo’s campaign letter to 10 Downing Street calling for the government to put in place a strategy to end rough sleeping for people with mental health conditions.
David is teacher-trained to PTLLS standard, and has authored and delivered training programmes. He was a national strategy champion for the black and minority ethnic (BME) voluntary sector with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. He is trained to Social Return on Investment practitioner level and has an Award in Leadership and Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management.
His voluntary work has included for North London Action for the Homeless, and becoming a trained Equality and Diversity Champion.