Health Needs Audit toolkit

A step by step guide to running a Health Needs Audit in your area.

We have designed the Homeless Health Needs Audit as a framework for gathering and using information about the health needs of people experiencing homelessness in your area.

Why conduct an audit?

With the right partners involved and the right approach, a Health Needs Audit will help you:

  • Increase the evidence available about the health needs of people who are homeless and the wider determinants of their health.
  • Bring statutory and voluntary services together to develop responses to local priorities and address gaps in services.
  • Give people experiencing homelessness a stronger voice in local commissioning processes.
  • Help commissioners understand the effectiveness of their services.

Who should use it?

The audit and the accompanying guidance can be used by anyone with an interest in homeless health. Given the scope of the issues concerned, we recommend that the audit and its wider resources be used in partnership by representatives from the local authority, voluntary sector and health services.

It is a free resource. All you need is the time and local commitment from agencies to undertake the audit and come together to use the results.

Getting started

If you are interested in conducting a Homeless Health Needs Audit, please contact Homeless Link at homelesshealth@homelesslink.org.uk, so we can discuss your ideas further.

We use an online survey tool called LimeSurvey to record all of the data collected by the audit. We need to configure this for you and grant you access, so do let us know before you begin your project that you intend to carry out an audit. This will help us to ensure that everything is set up correctly and that you have the right tools to help you collect and get the most out of your information.

Health Needs Audit - download the toolkit

A step by step guide to running a Health Needs Audit in your area - guidance, resources and case studies.

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Jonathon Graham

Jonathon Graham

Jonathon was our policy officer until June 2016.