What is it about?

This paper focused on the challenges and experiences of healthcare professionals working with homeless people. It found that a combination of supervision, debrief sessions and talking to colleagues helps the emotional, physical and mental well-being of staff.

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Why is it important?

It well documented in literature review that healthcare professionals experience low mood, burn-out, emotional and mental well-being. This paper recognizes that homeless people are more likely to attend local A/E with situational crisis, feeling suicidal or being admitted to mental health institutions with a mental health breakdown, staff that work in difficult and challenging working environment need to be supported, protected and helped.

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I believe this article will help colleagues and practitioners that work with the homeless population the difficulties, complexities and challenges of looking after this vulnerable and stigmatized group. This article recommends that a package of physical and psychological therapy is necessary to address the needs of homeless people.

Mr Serdar Arslan
University of Westminster

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This page is a summary of: Working with the homeless community, Practice Management, July 2018, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/prma.2018.28.7.12.
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