Thames Reach
Monday 27 March 2017
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Audrine and Terri

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 users.


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 need.


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.