Exploring the impact of a housing support service on hospital discharge: a mixed-methods process evaluation in two UK hospital trusts

HOLDING, Eleanor, FOSTER, Alexis, LUMLEY, Elizabeth, GILBERTSON, Janet, ROXBY, Sarah, PORTMAN, Darren, HOLLIDAY, Judith, PEACE, Arron, DEL ROSARIO, Ismaelette, KAHN, Wajid, BLANK, Lindsay and GOYDER, Elizabeth (2023). Exploring the impact of a housing support service on hospital discharge: a mixed-methods process evaluation in two UK hospital trusts. Health & Social Care in the Community, 2023.

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Delayed discharge from hospital is a global healthcare problem with negative impacts on patient outcomes and the wider health system. Delays to discharge can arise when a patient remains in hospital even when they are medically fit due to nonmedical reasons such as a lack of appropriate housing or social care. However, whilst several nonmedical interventions have been developed to facilitate timely hospital discharge, there remains a lack of evidence on their impact. This study reports on findings from a mixed-methods process evaluation of a newly integrated housing and health service in two United Kingdom- (UK-) based hospitals (one mental health hospital and one general hospital). The service involved housing support coordinators (HSCs) being based within hospitals and supporting inpatients with their housing-related needs. We employed qualitative interviews with service users and hospital/housing staff (N = 16) and routine data analysis (n = 488) to understand the impact of the service and any challenges to service delivery. Service users faced different housing barriers, for example: 28.3% experienced homelessness (n = 136) whilst 80 (16.4%) faced challenges with their accommodation no longer meeting their physical needs. Service users received support for a variety of issues such as assistance with medical priority applications, support to apply for social housing, and referral to other support services. Healthcare professionals at all levels credit the service for improving hospital discharge processes and reducing stress on clinical staff, enabling them to concentrate more effectively on clinical tasks. Key to success is experienced housing staff providing patient-centred support, being integrated within a multidisciplinary team with management and oversight from the health service, and the availability of appropriate housing stock and wider services to support people after discharge. Our findings indicate that other hospitals may benefit from implementing similar housing and health integrated services.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health and Health Services; 1607 Social Work; Nursing; 4203 Health services and systems; 4206 Public health; 4409 Social work
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1155/2023/4027277
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2023 14:28
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 11:46
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32335

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