To understand the types of people that become homeless
To be able to describe the health needs of the homeless
Understand the relevance of this topic to us as GPs
Learn more about local services
4 MRCGP 2002
Who are the homeless
Describe their health needs.
What are the difficulties in accessing care.
What measures could be taken to improve their health.
5 Who are the homeless The Overt Have no place of abode of their own Sleep on the streets The Covert ( Hidden Homelessness) Have no place of abode of their own But sleep not on the streets but at various places eg friends 6 Physical Problems in the Homeless
TB and hepatitis
Poor condition of teeth and feet skin diseases
Injuries following violence and infections
7 Psychological Problems in the Homeless
Serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia
Affects of abuse sexual/physical/mental victims of torture particularly asylum seekers
8 Social Problems in the Homeless
Relationship problems/lack of support or families
Lack of education
9 What are the difficulties of Homeless People in accessing care
Unable to receive hospital appointments
Move from area to area no continuity of care
Chaotic lifestyle difficult time keeping
10 Measures to improve health in the Homeless
No need for address to register
Involve voluntary sector
Have a lead person in PCT
Train health care professionals eg increase awareness of needs
Specialist service provision
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