Coronavirus and homelessness. How are you coping?

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Blackpool conducted a survey with 41 homeless people to gather insight on their experiences during the pandemic.

The report found that many people struggled with isolation, financial concerns and a lack of support from organisations and tourists. For those who reported feeling unsafe where they currently reside, this was owing to health concerns, drugs and closed services. Many people were concerned about their mental health, food, relapsing, housing and feeling lonely. 

No recommendations were made in the report.

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General details

Report title 
Coronavirus and homelessness. How are you coping?
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Blackpool
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 30 September, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 1 June, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 31 August, 2020
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Access
Cleanliness hygiene and infection control
Communication between staff and patients
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Support
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-7836

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
Primary research method used 
Survey
How was the information collected? 
Survey
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 
Other

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
41
Age group 
All
Gender 
All
Ethnicity 
All
Specific ethnicity if known 
All
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Other population characteristics 
Homeless people
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
No
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
Does the information include other people's views? 
Not known
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
No
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
No
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
No

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.