Responding to the needs of people who sleep rough: a national and local approach

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In 2018 the average age of death for people who died while experiencing homelessness was more than 30 years below that of the general population, with women on average dying at the age of 43 years old – 38 years earlier than women in the general population. This coupled with a substantial increase in the number of people sleeping rough means that health and care services have a critical role to play in supporting the needs of this vulnerable group.

Join us for this online event to hear the evidence from our report Delivering health and care for people who sleep rough: going above and beyond. We’ll consider how to deliver effective joined-up care for people sleeping rough and overcome the barriers preventing this from happening, drawing on insight from four local areas making progress in this area and focus groups with people with lived experience. 

We'll be joined by frontline staff who understand the harsh reality of rough sleeping and professionals who are working to make rough sleeping a thing of the past.

What will you learn?

In this online event you will learn about the importance of:

  • taking steps to find and engage people sleeping rough 
  • building and supporting the workforce to go above and beyond 
  • prioritising relationships across organisations
  • tailoring the response to the local context 
  • recognising the power of commissioning.



Julia Cream

Policy Fellow, The King's Fund


Gill Leng

Health and Homelessness Adviser, Department of Health and Social Care and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government


Tess Tainton

Co-Chair, Mental Health Action Group, Manchester Homelessness Partnership