Agenda item

Mental Health and Rough Sleeping

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.


A presentation will be given as part of this agenda item and Committee Members are requested to read the linked report.


The Sub-Committee considered a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services in respect of mental health and rough sleeping and heard a presentation of the Nurse Consultant of the Rough Sleeping Adult Mental Health Project (RAMHP) and the following points were made:


·         The RAMHP formed part of the Mayor for London’s action plan for reducing homelessness in London and operated across the City of London and London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. The project aimed to improve the mental health of people who slept rough and worked directly with Street Outreach Teams to raise mental health awareness and response.  Targeted assessments were undertaken for individuals who were referred to appropriate health and social care services.  The majority of assessments were completed by Senior and Mental Health practitioners, although a Consultant Psychiatrist worked within the team one day a week and provided expert medical treatment and support for the most complex cases.  The RAMHP Team accessed mental services across the Boroughs in which it operated and was able to refer individuals to the Mental Health Crisis Pathway. 


·         During 2020, the RAMHP Team had led the mental health COVID-19 response for homeless hotels in the City and the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham, and had participated in Task and Action, London-wide Challenge Groups and High-Risk Panels Groups.  The RAMHP Project had been established as a two-year project which aimed to develop an effective model of care across the wider system but conversations were underway with local health providers around funding the project beyond its current end date of 31 March 2022.


The Chairman thanked the Nurse Consultant of the Rough Sleeping Adult Mental Health Project (RAMHP) for her excellent presentation.


RESOLVED, that the report and presentation be noted.

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