Thames Reach’s services focus on
improving people’s lives and a critical factor is their physical and mental
health. Homeless people often have poorer health, difficulty accessing health
services and tend to die earlier than the general population.
Staff and volunteers support people by
getting them to think and talk about their health and take control of it so they
can achieve a better standard of life and live more independently.
Integrating health and social care is
seen as vital in order to gain the best possible outcomes for service
Thames Reach run specialist
hostels and floating support services which have very close links
with mental health services.
Thames Reach run a number of
specialist projects to assist with specific health conditions, provide better
access to health services or to support people during times of acute health
Funding from NHS England enables Thames Reach to provide housing and discharge advice to
people occupying wards in the Willesden Green Centre for Health and Care. Brent Winter Ward
offers support to vulnerable people leaving hospital, to ensure that they
settle in the community following an extended stay in hospital.
Croydon Hospital Discharge helps to
ensure homeless people admitted into hospital are not being discharged onto the
streets or remaining in hospital longer than necessary.
The Greenhouse Centre
provides free health care services alongside housing and welfare advice for
homeless people in Hackney.
The HIV Floating Support Service works as part of a multi-disciplinary team in the HIV Hub in Brent, to assist
people with tenancy difficulties, who have HIV or AIDS.
The Lambeth Integrated Personalised Support Alliance (IPSA) offers
support to improve the lives of people with mental health needs who are
currently in rehabilitation wards
or are living in residential or nursing accommodation.
The Lambeth Living Well Network provides for people living in the borough of Lambeth who need mental health support or advice.
In Lambeth, the
Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE), sees psychologists from the
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust providing professional
psychological support to residents of Thames Reach hostels.