The QNI has today published a new report evaluating the Homeless and Inclusion Health project which is co-funded by the Oak Foundation.

The report, Homeless and Inclusion Health Evaluation Report 2021, was based on a survey sent to 1315 members of the QNI’s Homeless and Inclusion Health network.

In addition to the survey, a series of 12 interviews took place supplemented by a focus group with frontline health care practitioner members of the network with various levels of seniority and experience,  and a second group discussion with strategic health leads working in this area of practice. Three case studies were also compiled to illustrate the impact, range and geographical spread of the reach of the Homeless and Inclusion Health Network and the support of the QNI more generally.

Some of the findings are included below:

Client groups supported

  • 69.6% supported people living in hostels
  • 65.2% supported rough sleepers
  • 63% supported clients with addictions
  • 41.3% supported families in temporary accommodation

Key concerns in relation to the respondents’ service/professional role

  • 94.6% reported that they required access to ongoing professional development or specialist training to
    support them in their role
  • 85% of respondents reported that inclusion health was underfunded in their area
  • 53% indicated that they were working additional hours over and above those funded within their contract of employment or volunteering role, to enable them to undertake their job well
  • 51% of responses indicated uncertainty over future funding and sustainability of their service
  • 47% referred to under-staffing or problems recruiting staff
  • 37% reported that their line manager was a specialist in, or had knowledge of inclusion health
  • 36% indicated they were concerned about lack of training, learning resources and access to continuing professional development CPD

Download the Executive Summary (20 pages) below

To read the full Evaluation (128 pages) click here:  QNI Homeless and Inclusion Health Programme Evaluation Report 2021

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