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Situating and understanding hospital discharge arrangements for homeless people

Special issue call for papers from Housing, Care and Support

Guest Editors:
Martin Whiteford, University of Liverpool. [email protected]
Michelle Cornes, King’s College London. [email protected]

With this call, we seek contributions that analyse and articulate some of the characteristics of hospital discharge policies and processes for homeless people. We understand the development of specialist hospital discharge arrangements to be an increasingly important frontier on which to actively engage with the often complex and seemingly intractable health, housing and social care needs of people who are homeless.  

There is a small and growing research literature devoted to exploring hospital discharge arrangements for homeless people. Much of the work that has emerged to date is dispersed across a wide range of disciplinary fields (e.g. public health, emergency medicine and housing), and in consequence of this there has been a tendency to speak to discrete audiences rather than, say, an explicit concern with fostering and furthering inter-disciplinary dialogue. Against this backdrop, the special issue will endeavour, for the very first time, to bring together academic, practitioner and service user perspectives on specialist hospital discharge provision for homeless people. Importantly, it will aim to be internationalist in its focus and reach.

Submit your work

Submissions to the journal are made here:
For author Guidelines, visit

Please submit a structured abstract by Monday, 7 May 2018 to [email protected].
Selected contributors will be invited to submit a full paper (max 5,000 words) by Friday, 27 July 2018. Submitted papers will then be subject to a formal process of peer review. The special issue will be published online and in print in December 2018.

Final deadline for submission to ScholarOne site: 27th July 2018
We invite contributions related to (but not limited to):

  • Discharge coordination
  • Commissioning arrangements
  • Medical respite
  • Service/practice innovations
  • Patient/service user outcomes
  • Policy reviews