Reaching the Forgotten

St Christopher's CARE


1 day conference
22 Sep, 2022
9.30am to 4.30pm
£99 early bird until 22 July
£150 full price
All prices include VAT
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Building partnerships to support people who are homeless and at risk of falling through the gaps

Our conference ‘Reaching the Forgotten‘ is about building partnerships to support people who are homeless and at risk of falling through the gaps’.

The average age of death for men and women is 45.9 and 41.6 years old respectively, and, they have very limited or no access to health and social care.

For the first time, we’re hosting a one-day conference to address this inequality within homelessness. Research confirms, that people who are homeless die younger.

What will the conference look like?

By the end of this event learners will:

  • Hear a broad range of voices who can illuminate the challenges and opportunities related to a more compassionate, integrated and comprehensive way of reducing inequalities related to end of life for this group of people
  • Understand a model of engagement that supports people who are homeless and have palliative care needs
  • Appreciate the broad range of stakeholders that are required to achieve effective support of people who are homeless and approaching the end of life
  • Have an opportunity to hear more about related issues of substance misuse, mental illness and trauma and how these increase the chance of a “poor death”
  • Meet and connect with a broad range of people with a commitment to the support of people who are homeless, who could continue to support local efforts
  • Have helped co-produce some solutions moving forward that attend to the roots of exclusion around end of life as well as the consequences.   
09:00Arrival and registration
Setting the Scene and the Scope of the Event

What does good end of life look like and why is this a challenge for people who are homeless?
Michele King
Psychosocial Team Lead, St Christopher’s Hospice
09:45Keynote: Update from Research – Homelessness and Inclusion
Dr Caroline Schulman, Clinical Lead, King’s College Hospital Honorary Senior Lecturer, UCL and Research Fellow, Pathway
10:20Putting the Model Into Practice – Case Studies and Reflections
Michele King, St Christopher’s Hospice
Kate Shaw and Grace Larder, Clinical Nurse Specialists, St Christopher’s Hospice
Denell Dema, Team Manager, Evolve Housing
11:00Keynote: Adult Safeguarding and Homelessness
Dr Adi Cooper
11:55Panel Discussion and Q&A
Dr Caroline Schulman
Dr Adi Cooper
Denell Dema
12:15Breakout Sessions
Working together to identify challenges, share successes and explore opportunities for improvement from multidisciplinary perspectives
13:00In Conversation: Listening to the Quieter Voices
Fears and Opportunities
14:25Acknowledging the Complexities of a Positive Response
Trauma Informed Care
Substance Misuse

Mental Health
15:45Where Next? A Call To Action
Michele King
Mary Hodgson, Community Action Lead
16:25Final thoughts
Michelle King
16:30Conference Closes


The speakers will include:

  • Dr Caroline Shulman, Clinical Lead, King’s College Hospital Honorary Senior Lecturer, UCL and Research Fellow, Pathway
  • Dr Adi Cooper, Care and Health Improvement Advisor for London,
  • Local Government Association, Association of Directors of Adults Social Services
  • Visiting Professor, University of Bedfordshire
  • Michele King, Psychosocial Team Lead, St Christopher’s Hospice
  • Kate Shaw, Clinical Nurse Specialist, St Christopher’s Hospice
  • Grace Larder, Clinical Nurse Specialist, St Christopher’s Hospice
  • Denell Dema, Team Manager, Evolve Housing

Who is the conference for?

The conference will be of interest to anyone who carries a burden for people who are homeless and could find themselves disadvantaged whilst living and dying from a serious condition.

We welcome professionals and others from health and social care, housing and the voluntary sector who recognise the inequalities that can serve to disadvantage people who are homeless and want to redress them. We are keen to hear a broad range of perspectives and ideas about how we might work together to do this.

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At St Christopher's, a registered charity, it is important for us to maximise any surpluses to reinvest in the objectives of the charity.

Unfortunately, the manner in which we undertake our training currently means we are not able to invest as much of our surplus as possible, therefore from the 1 December 2017, St Christopher’s Education Centre will charge VAT at the standard rate on our training courses, the reason for this change in pricing is twofold:

i) We want to be able to reinvest any surpluses made from training back into all of our charitable objectives rather than only Education

ii) We want to be able to reclaim the VAT on costs relating to developing and running the training courses