The London Network for Nurses and Midwives was set up in 1999 by Christine Beasley (the Chief Nursing Officer at that time). The purpose of the network was to bring specialist nurses, midwives and health visitors together to influence health policy pan London. When it was originally set up there were a large number of clinical specialty groups in operation (initially there were 17 groups). This wider London Network remained fully active until 2006, but was then run down, and formally ceased to exist in 2015 after funding for the wider network stopped.
The London Network of Nurses and Midwives Homelessness group however continues to meet, and be successful, and has adopted the LNNM name.
There are around 175 individuals on the email distribution list, which includes some individuals outside London. It has recently evolved from being a purely nurse, midwife and health visitor focused network to include allied health professionals, support workers and peer advocates. Students are also very welcome.
The group meets up bi-monthly for 2-3 hours
Around 15 individuals attend each meeting from a regular core of around 40 members
At meetings there is usually CPD or a presentation on an area of interest, followed by a services catch up.
There is also a chance to anonymously gain advice on individual cases.
The group also provides ad hoc informal support to members from within the membership.
The group maintains a website which is intended as a hub of information for members and other interested parties working in homelessness, has a Facebook page, and tweets on issues relevant to homeless health. It has run 4 conferences with volunteer time from members, and will be running its fifth conference in 2018.
The group has achieved a level of influence over the years, and currently sits on the Board of the London Homeless health Programme. Past achievements of the group include the first published homeless hospital discharge guidance, producing a Knowledge and Skills Framework for homeless healthcare, and presenting to the London Health Commission. Many of the members have also been published individually, hold key roles in inclusion health, and are influential in their own right.