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.

Contact us

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