Step Down Housing

The Service

Short-term supported housing for patients who are medically ready to be discharged from the Oxford University Hospital or Oxford Foundation Trust Hospital sites but lack suitable accommodation or home to continue their recovery.

Who is this service for?

People may be homeless, have a history of homelessness or waiting for their nursing home extra care place to be ready.

It’s for those people who have received medical treatment and need suitable accommodation for their needs (which may have changed since hospital admission) and a safe place to continue their recovery in the community.

How will it work?

The client will spend a maximum of two weeks at a local house with a Support Worker and community medical staff.

During this time, their Support Worker will ensure they’re linked into the Homeless Pathway options, local housing team and outreach services whilst they complete their medical rehabilitation.

Other support could include benefit claims, healthy living, housing and liaise with appropriate agencies as relevant including re-connections out of the local area.

Do you meet the criteria?

This service is accessed through medical staff or Social Worker referrals only.

After recovery?

Once recovery has been achieved the client will be supported around housing options as appropriate but discharge to the streets may be necessary.

How can I apply?

You can’t directly apply for this service. Referrals are only made via Social Workers, Embedded Workers and medical staff based within Oxford University Hospital or Oxford Foundation Trust Hospital sites.

How to refer a patient?

It is vital to refer homeless patients to us at the start of their stay in hospital.

To refer a patient please email the Step Down Housing Team.

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Highly Commended Homeless Link Award 2020