Rochdale Health Alliance,a boroughwide organisation representing GP Practices formally launched the Homeless Alliance Response Team ( HART) at Champness Hall 'soup kitchen'in Rochdale.
Dr Mohammed Jiva MBE, chair of Rochdale Health Alliance and clinical lead for the project said that ' the homeless services accross the borough are well established, but delivery of good healthcare has been lacking. With the support of Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale clinical commissioning group ( HMR CCG) and the excellent response from GPs, nurses, managers, as well as volunteers from across many organisations the ability to deliver safe, effective healthcare to this vulnerable population.can now become a reality.
GP practices have donated flu vaccines to the HART team to support the vaccination of the homeless population as winter sets in and clinicans and non-clinicians have come together to donate their time to make HART a reality. Jackie Taylor, project lead for the service said 'this is a unique opportunity to co-ordinate the wide range of healthcare services with essential partners to address the health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable people within our community. This is a new way of working with different organisations from across Rochdale which will help us understand what is required now and for the future, to support better health and welfare for the homeless population in our borough'
The service plans to deliver 1 clinic per week in both Heywood and Middleton and 2 clinics per week in Rochdale. Further information regarding the service can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org