‘Homelessness is insidious’, says CPHVA
A new document designed to give community nurses and primary care trusts (PCTs) a deeper understanding of the plight of homeless families has been published by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA).
The Vital Link: Preventing Family Homelessness is a joint publication with the Homelessness & Housing Support Directorate, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) which financially supported the project.
The book said: ‘The purpose of this guide is to equip PCTs to work proactively and more effectively to tackle homelessness and its impact on people’s health.’
The book has been written by three health visitors who specialise in the homelessness field – Jane Cook, Marie Vickers and Sue Walters. Sarah Gorton was the researcher.
Jane Cook, who is chair of the CPHVA’s Housing, Health and Homelessness Special Interest Group, said: ‘Homelessness is an insidious factor that eats away at people’s hopes and aspirations, and causes the fabric of family life to crumble away. This guide should help PCTs and health professionals to have a better understanding of this subject and measures to take to alleviate its effects.’
The book is available - £5 for CPHVA members/ £7 for non members - from:
McMillan Scott Subscriber Services, Garrard House, 2-6 Homesdale Road, Bromley
Kent BR2 2WL
Tel: 020 8249 4454/Fax: 020 8289 7955. Web: www.cphvabookshop.com