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Brighton & Hove Common Ambition

Giving people with lived experience of homelessness a voice to improve homeless health services


Giving people with lived experience of homelessness a voice to improve homeless health services

What is Brighton and Hove Common Ambition?

A co-production project that harnesses the ideas and experiences of people with lived experience of homelessness to improve homeless health services.

The project is funded by Health Foundation and run by a partnership of Brighton-based organisations including Arch Healthcare, Justlife, University of Brighton, Brighton & Hove CCG, and Brighton and Hove City Council Public Health Department.

By bringing together people who have experienced homelessness, homeless health services, housing services, charities, and commissioners, this project aims to:

  • Review the health needs of people without a home in Brighton & Hove
  • Co-create and test new ideals / models within health services
  • Evaluate and deliver best practice recommendations

For more information on the Brighton and Hove Common Ambition project and to access their resources please visit their website.

What does the project hope to achieve?

  1. Improve understanding of how people feel when using health services, and use this feedback to shape the entire experience.
  2. Integrate the experience of people who use the services into the evaluation, improvement and development of homeless healthcare in Brighton & Hove.
  3. Deliver a strengthened homeless healthcare system which better meets the needs of patients.
  4. Improve the governance of the overall system by working with patients, providers and commissioners.

What is co-production?

Co-production is a way of working that involves people who use health and care services, carers and communities in equal partnership...Co-production acknowledges that people with ‘lived experience’ of a particular condition are often best placed to advise on what support and services will make a positive difference to their lives.

NHS England and NHS Improvement and Coalition for Personalised Care – A co-production Model

The group and project is something I really enjoy. It's a chance to change things. I like doing things together as a group to make change. Sometimes I’ve been pushed into things that I haven’t enjoyed but this is something I have chosen to do and it feels like we are on the right track! I’m taking the lead in small groups and coming forward to do things which I didn’t before. I’m loving it!

Steering Group Member