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Ludlow Award boosts Pathway to healthcare for the homeless

Ludlow Award boosts Pathway to healthcare for the homeless
An organisation giving homeless people access to proper healthcare - saving the health service hundreds of thousands of pounds in the process - has scooped the prestigious Andy Ludlow homelessness award.
The London Pathway project beat five other shortlisted groups to win the top prize of 25,000. The award scheme, which promotes innovation and good practice in tackling homelessness in the capital, is run by London Councils and supported by the boroughs, CLG, the London Housing Federation and Shelter.
Based at University College Hospital (UCH) in London, the London Pathway uses a dedicated homelessness nurse and GP to make sure that homeless patients get all the care they need including support after they have left the safety of the hospital.
Through this process, the organisation has reduced admissions of homeless people by 3.2 days per patient, which equates to savings of 300,000 a year. 
The London Pathway plans to expand its services to two other hospitals this year and will be using the prize money to develop its care navigator programme where former homeless people can support the healthcare professionals and act as mentors to London Pathways patients.
Cricklewood Homeless Concern and New Horizons Youth Centre were awarded 10,000 each as runners up, and three other groups received 2,000.
London Councils Executive Member for Housing, Mayor Sir Steve Bullock said:
The Andy Ludlow Awards are the only awards of their kind that promote innovation in working to prevent and reduce homelessness in London.
Success in the awards sets an excellent example to other organisations working to tackle homelessness. In many cases the cash prizes have provided a major boost to the work of previous winners, enabling them to develop their services further.
Congratulations are in order for the London Pathway, and also to the other five organisations that were shortlisted.
Don Wood, Chair of the judging panel and Chairman of London Housing Foundation said:
The London Pathways innovative approach to homelessness captures the true spirit in which the Ludlow awards were set up.  Using medical staff who work closely with other agencies specifically to help the homeless has had a positive impact on the health of many homeless people.
We congratulate this deserving winner wholeheartedly and are pleased that this years award will contribute to more homeless people being able to access the proper healthcare that they deserve.
London Pathway chief executive Alex Bax said:
 For the London Pathway winning this award is fantastic. As a new organization this kind of recognition will be incredibly helpful as we spread our model to other hospitals and build relationships with others working on homeless healthcare. Key to our model is collaboration and coordination, working with all the agencies that work with the homeless, and using the time a patient is in hospital to try and put them on a better path when they leave.


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