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Homeless health conference

May 18 2009
Initiative to improve healthcare workers‘ training and harness their commitment to homeless patients Almost two-thirds of nurses working with homeless people lack proper training, the Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) announced during their Homeless Health Initiative launch on 20th November, so ¬¨¬£350,000 has been allocated to improve training and resources. Kate Tansley, QNI Homeless Health Initiative Co-ordinator, said: "Given homeless people's grave need for appropriate healthcare, it is imperative to better support the health professionals working with them. The QNI's Homeless Health Initiative will help harness the genuine commitment of nurses working with homeless people, to improve the care which can be offered and thus help homeless people move forward with their lives." The QNI's survey of 100 nurses revealed that the majority rarely work collaboratively with healthcare professionals. The initiative will provide a space for healthcare professionals and others to share information and support. In the last 10 years, the life expectancy of people sleeping rough has dropped from 47 to 42 years.