LNNM Conference 2022

Making Sense of Self Neglect

On Friday 1st April 2022, the London Network of Nurses and Midwives Homelessness Group held its 6th annual conference at St-Martins-in-the-fields, London.

Sponsored by the London Housing Foundation, the conference was a chance for London nurses and midwives and allied professionals working with people experiencing homelessness, to get together to learn, share practice, feed into future strategy, celebrate our work, and network with our colleagues.  The event included an evening drinks reception and an award ceremony, and award winners are listed below.

A full conference report and speaker presentations can be downloaded on this page.

Reports and Presentations from the Conference

Front cover of conference report

Making Sense of Self Neglect

2022 Conference Report

A report from the 6th Conference of the London Network of Nurses and Midwives Homelessness Group, held on 1st April 2022. The report outlines key points from the presentations from the day, the findings from the panel discussion, poll and focus group discussions, and also presents the cases from the panel discussion. 

Initial address/conference introduction

Jane Cook, Chair of LNNM
Jane gave a great introduction, outlining the aims of the conference, why we care about self-neglect and covered the highlights of the year for the LNNM.

The Inclusion Health Agenda and Safeguarding: an NHSE/I perspective

Elaine Goodwin, National Homeless and Inclusion Health Nursing Lead NHS England and NHS Improvement
Elaine outlined the NHS Safeguarding infrastructure, and homelessness context.

The perspective of an Independent Safeguarding Adult Board Chair

Professor Michael Preston-Shoot
University of Bedford
Michael draws on his vast experience of homelessness SARs to valuable insights and guidance.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Dependent Drinkers

Mike Ward, Senior Consultant, Alcohol Change UK
Mike introduces three documents that summarise Alcohol Concern’s thinking in the area of self-neglect and alcohol misuse.

The role of the London Homeless Health Programme (LHHP)

Dr Caroline Shulman, Joint Clinical Lead, LHHP
Caroline outlined how meeting the needs of people experiencing homelessness who self neglect is a key interest that cuts across all LHHP Workstreams.

Evaluation of an overdose prevention facility or 'injecting room'

Dr Gillian Shorter, Co Director of the Drug and Alcohol Research Network at Queen’s University, Belfast
Gillian outlined a new approach to working with self-neglect by providing a safe space to reduce the risk of overdoses.

LNNM Ab Fab Award Winners

The following individuals received awards for being ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ after being nominated by colleagues for their vital work during the year – we salute you!

Well done to you all!

Dr Dana Beale, GP, Great Chapel Street
Beryl Cross, Vaccine Case Worker at Groundswell.
Lucy Cook, Homeless Health Nurse Specialist, GSTT Health Inclusion Team
Mhonh Bancyr de Angeli, Case Worker, Groundswell
Pawel Zabielski, Service Manager, Ollalo House
Bromley Homeless Volunteer Team
Rosa Ungpakorn, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Westminster Homeless Health Team
Kirit Sehmbi, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, GSTT Health inclusion Team
Chris Torry, LNNM Network Development Manager
Gill Taylor, Strategic Lead for Homelessness and Rough Sleeping in Haringey
Professor Andrew Hayward, Director of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

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News

Today we share the beginning of our story.

We’re sharing our first impact report.

It’s a mark in the sand.

It tells the story of what we made happen when we started out.

We helped 15 people leave the streets for good.

➡️➡️➡️https://bit.ly/3jtvnpv

At a time when homelessness services have never been more needed, it is deeply concerning that a fifth of homeless charities have reduced services in response to cost of living pressures. We can't afford to let any services shut down. #KeepOurDoorsOpen
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/jan/30/homeless-people-in-english-hostels-at-risk-of-return-to-streets-as-bills-soar

Delighted that Arch & Common Ambition have been cited as an example of good practice in this excellent implementation manual from @homelessimpact & @NICEComms. Vital info to support #homelesshealth https://www.homelessnessimpact.org/post/nice-guideline-advice. #homeless #homelessness #brighton

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