Arch offers a number of training opportunities for medical students, clinicians and support workers and services working with people experiencing homelessness in Brighton and Hove and nationally. By sharing our expertise it is hoped that there will be a better understanding of inclusion health amongst clinicians, more clinicians wanting to work in inclusion health and a more holistically trained workforce within the homeless sector across Brighton and Hove and further afield.
Arch’s offer for workforce development includes:
Arch offers one elective student placement in our team each academic year. This includes experience of all areas of Arch’s work and provides students with an insight into the health inclusion specialism. Participants also gain a deeper understanding of the issues faced by people experiencing homelessness by working with our outreach team in different accommodation settings and on the streets. Students on placement with Arch have reported that they appreciate being part of a small team, seeing how we assess and manage complex patients with tri-morbidity (mental, physical, and dependence issues), and being able to understand the complexities faced by someone experiencing homelessness and a more broad understanding of homelessness.
Arch GP, Dr Kate Pitt, delivers a co-designed student select component Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) in homeless health. This is an eight-week course delivered several times throughout the academic year. This module has been co-designed with the Brighton and Hove Common Ambition steering group, made up of people with lived experience of homelessness. This has been very successful in proving the importance of including people with lived experience in student training and the collaboration is now advocating for mandatory training to be included in this area for all medical students at BSMS.
Arch and local partners Justlife have delivered teaching on inclusion healthcare, homelessness and drug use and dependence.
Students in training at the Royal Sussex County Hospital (e.g. Nursing students, occupational therapists) can arrange a day shadowing the multi-organisational hospital inreach team.
Tutorials led by Arch Director and ANP Hannah Bishop, are aimed at frontline workers (including clinicians), working in homelessness in Brighton and Hove. They offer an expert insight into commonly-faced conditions seen at Arch, and offer guidance on early diagnosis, engagement and support, and signposting to local services, to help prevent complications and deterioration. Topics covered have included diabetes, alcoholic liver disease, wound care, respiratory illness and frailty. These are bookable via Arch’s Eventbrite profile.
Arch works alongside local partners Justlife and the Frontline Network to hold an annual conference that offers expert training in a host of homeless health topics, as well as the chance to network with those in the city and in the sector.
We will continue to seek out opportunities to feed into training and development, including more co-design opportunities and reaching clinicians in other cities. In the near future Arch will be looking to develop teaching for nurses and allied health professionals in inclusion health across the Sussex ICS Primary Care Workforce.