Westminster PCT's Homeless Health Team wins top award

Westminster Primary Care Trust’s (PCT) Homeless Health Team has won the Reducing Health Inequalities category at the prestigious Health and Social Care Awards.

The team were presented with the award at a ceremony at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in London last night. 

Lynda Hamlyn, Westminster PCT’s Chief Executive, said:

“This is a marvellous tribute to the team’s important work with homeless people, who are more prevalent in central London than any other part of the country.  Our fantastic team plays a key role, offering support to a group of people who often have multiple health and mental health needs, and have difficulty accessing mainstream health services. “

The Homeless Health Team consists of a GP, specialist nurses, a podiatrist and counsellors, and holds drop-in clinics at day centres across Westminster.  The clinics allow people who are temporarily housed or sleeping rough to see a health professional at short notice.  The team provides a vital service - often homeless people are not registered with a GP and delay seeking medical care until it’s too late and they have to go to A&E.

Judges at the Health and Social Care Awards said they were looking for a project which had demonstrated a contribution to "reducing the gap" between deprived populations and more affluent areas, and particular programmes focusing on disadvantaged groups.

The award is the second national accolade for the Homeless Health team.  In 2005, the team’s counselling service was selected as the most innovative counselling project in the whole of the UK by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

For more information please contact Westminster Primary Care Trust’s Communications Department 020 7150 8243

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Note to editors:

  1. For more information about the Health and Social Care Awards go to www.healthandsocialcareawards.org
  2. Westminster Primary Care Trust (PCT) is the NHS body responsible for health services in Westminster. The PCT came into being on 1 April 2002.  We share our boundaries with the City of Westminster, extending to Regent’s Park in the north, Hyde Park in the west and Covent Garden in the east. Our southern boundary follows the north bank of the River Thames.  While we serve 230,000 residents, there are a million people who live, work and visit Westminster each day and use some of our services.   Westminster PCT employs just over one thousand staff. www.westminster-pct.nhs.uk

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