Access to primary care services for homeless mentally ill people
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Access to primary care services for homeless mentally ill people

Madeleine Woollcott Staff nurse, Acorn Lodge Children’s Inpatient Unit, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham, Kent

Modernisation of mental health services has been a government priority in recent years with new legislation, increased funding and investment and service reforms. The National Service Framework (NSF) for Mental Health defines national standards to meet the mental healthcare needs of adults up to the age of 65. This article considers standards two and three of the NSF regarding access to primary care services for people with a mental health problem. It discusses whether these standards consider homeless people, who continue to experience significant problems gaining equal access to health care.

Nursing Standard. 22, 35,40-44. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.05.22.35.40.c6534

Correspondence

Madeleine.Woollcott@slam.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review