Homelessness and health

The Scottish Government carried out research to understand the relationship between health and homelessness in Scotland.  The research, titled Health & Homelessness in Scotland, compared the health usage data of people with and without experience of homlessness across Scotland between 2001 and 2016. 

The research found a clear relationship between health care and housing needs, the animation below explores the key findings:  

The findings provide an opportunity for health, social care and housing services to engage and explore new ways of sharing information to prevent homelessness and provide better care and support services at the earliest opportunity.  

Further support

To help support discussions across health, social care and housing on the realtionship between homelessness and health in Scotland some further materials are available:

If you are interested in taking forward improvement work in this area the Place, Home and Housing Portfolio can offer support with Quality Improvement methodology, data measurement or evaluation, email his.phh@nhs.scot for more information.

Homelessness, health and COVID-19

COVID-19 and the associated control measures have led to a change in the way health and social care services are being delivered in Scotland. Before COVID-19 it was widely understood that people experiencing homelessness already faced significant barriers to access and the pandemic has the potential to exacerbate existing health inequalities.

In the summer of 2020 the Place, Home and Housing Portfolio carried out research into how people who are homeless were accessing services during the pandemic. This report describes people’s experiences that have been amplified by COVID-19, identifying the barriers and enablers to access and highlights the key components to be considered when designing or delivering health and social care services for people experiencing homelessness in the future.

Read the full report here: Homelessness, Access to services and COVID-19: Learning during the pandemic to inform our future (PDF)

Contact us

For further information please reach us on hcis.phh@nhs.net