Our 2022 Homeless Health conference offered a range of talks from experts in the field. Click on the titles below to access the presentations.
Dr Tim Worthley (Clinical Lead, Arch Healthcare) gave an outline of some of the main symptoms of psychosis such as hallucinations and delusions, and introduced a framework for frontline workers to assess these.
Agnes Munday (Head of Training, Grassroots) provided pointers for identifying clients at risk of suicide, ways of compassionate asking about suicide, and knowing what to do whatever the answer.
Dave MacNamara (Health Promotion Lead, CGL) talked about synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists (SCRAs), benzodiazepines, referral and treatment pathways, as well as a brief section on alcohol and opioids.
Caterina Speight (Clinical Services Manager & Nurse Lead, Homeless Health Inclusion Team) & Helen Lyons (Senior Staff Nurse, Martlets Hospice) introduced a training programme for support workers working in homelessness to gain better knowledge and confidence relating to end of life / palliative care.
Nimra Bandukwala (Brighton & Hove Frontline Network Project Worker, Justlife) gave an overview of autism and sensory processing. Through an interactive discussion and case studies, the delegates learnt strategies to support clients on the autism spectrum.
Dr Gabriel Schnitzer (Senior Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Homeless Team) provided an overview of commonly used techniques to reduce arousal and manage strong emotional states. This practical session was designed to equip attendees with skills and confidence to use these techniques with clients or patients.
If you have any questions, Dr Schnitzer can be contacted at email@example.com.
The Brighton & Hove Common Ambition Team shared their experiences and learnings of coming together as a team and co-production in this interactive session.
Katherine Taylor-Birnie (Safeguarding Adults Lead; Resources, Safeguarding & Performance, BHCC), presented the Local Authority perspectives on safeguarding, touching on the national picture, our duties under the Care Act, and how safeguarding operates locally.
Dr Tal Lewin (Arch Healthcare) talked about the most commonly seen chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, COPD, cardiovascular disease, and more acute conditions affecting people facing homelessness. Morbidity and mortality of chronic conditions is exponentially worse in the homeless population. The talk focused on early recognition, management and engagement to empower delegates to support clients and help prevent complications and deterioration.