£10million funding for hospital aftercare for the homeless

13/5/13: Extract from DoH

It is estimated that currently 70% of homeless people are discharged from hospital back onto the street without their health and housing problems being properly addressed.

The funding pot will support voluntary organisations to work with the NHS and local authorities to create services to ensure that homeless people receive the best possible support and care after leaving hospital.

The £10 million funding will also be used to ensure better intermediate care is available after discharge – vital for recovering from health problems such as TB.

Eyes on Evidence update: Issue 48 – April 2013

Changes at NICE

Since you last received Eyes on Evidence our name has changed to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, to reflect our new role and responsibilities. NICE’s role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services.

Infectious diseases among homeless populations

The prevalence of infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, HIV and hepatitis C, in homeless populations is significantly higher than in the general population. However, figures show much local variation raising questions about the need for a more locally-based response.

Risk of abuse in disabled children A systematic review of studies from across the world suggests that more than a quarter of children with disabilities will experience abuse within their lifetimes and that children with disabilities are 3 to 4 times more likely to be victims of abuse than their peers without disabilities.

Rheumatoid factor and risk of future rheumatoid arthritis A cohort study reports that raised levels of rheumatoid factor are associated with an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Although treating pre-rheumatoid is currently of unproven value, this study suggests it might be possible in the future.

Heart failure: effects of aldosterone antagonists and renin-angiotensin antagonists on mortality An observational study in people admitted to hospital with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction finds that aldosterone antagonists reduce readmissions for HF but have no effect on mortality and increase the risk of admission with hyperkalaemia. Another observational study in people with HF with preserved ejection fraction finds that angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers reduced all-cause mortality.

Grapefruit–drug interactions A review article details the evidence for a pharmacokinetic interaction between grapefruit and certain drugs, and the potential clinical consequences of this.

Case studies from the Quality Improvement Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) Collection

The QIPP Collection highlights examples of local best practice, demonstrating how NHS organisations have implemented new practices that have both cut costs and improved quality. We highlight 2 new examples:

Evidence Updates
NICE has recently published Evidence Updates on:

  • Diabetic foot problems
  • Hip fracture
  • Caesarean section
  • Anaphylaxis

 

Improving hospital admission and discharge: for people who are homeless


This report indicates that more than 70% of homeless people are being discharged from hospital back onto the streets, damaging their health and costing the NHS money. It found that NHS staff can improve health outcomes for homeless people and save the NHS money by ensuring all patients have somewhere appropriate to stay when they are discharged from hospital.