Pan-London Substance Misuse Programme
About this programme
There is strong evidence that people who sleep rough experience some of the starkest health inequalities in London. The average age of death of a person who sleeps rough in England is under 50 years old. People who sleep rough also experience higher levels of multiple, complex co-morbidities than other groups including substance misuse and physical and mental health problems. Their lack of stable accommodation is a further barrier to engagement with treatment and healthcare which in turn creates a revolving door of homelessness, addiction, ill health and early death.
The Pan-London Substance Misuse Programme is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care for SSMT&RG and Department of Levelling Up, Communities and House (DLUCH) for Rough Sleeping Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Recovery Grant, in partnership with the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, the Greater London Authority, and London boroughs.
For key information about the programme’s services and referral information, see our Services page, or find a summary of services below.
For further information and general enquiries about the programme, please email: Nadia.Adigbli@cityoflondon.gov.uk.
Addiction Clinical Care Suite
Provided by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust at St Thomas’ Hospital, the Addiction Clinical Care Suite offers elective in-patient detoxification and stabilisation beds for people who are dependent on drugs and/or alcohol, who also have high levels of co-occurring complex physical/mental health medical need.
Intermediate rehabilitation beds
Provided by Mildmay Mission hospital, intermediate rehabilitation support can be provided for people who are sleeping rough, or at risk of sleeping rough (following in-patient substance misuse detoxification or stabilisation, usually at the ACCS). Intermediate rehabilitation beds are available:
- if a Local Authority is unable to access a suitable residential rehabilitation facility at the time of referral to ACCS.
- for those requiring on-going assessment and care post a ACCS stay i.e. additional support to manage co-existing physical and mental health needs/ongoing social care assessment.
Regional homeless Engagement Substances Team
Provided by Phoenix Futures, the Regional Homeless Engagement Substances Team (RhEST) works across London and alongside local community substance misuse teams to support people who sleep rough, or at risk of sleeping rough, to initially engage or re-engage with community substance misuse treatment services.