Healthcare inequalities case study

Published: 15 Jan 2024

Mikaela Wardle, Senior House Officer at Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust, in partnership with the Homeless Patient Pathway and Alcohol Care teams was a commended entry in the Healthcare Inequalities category of the 2023 Clinical Audit Heroes Awards (run as part of Clinical Audit Awareness Week). The Healthcare Inequalities award recognises clinical audits and projects that address inequalities in healthcare, and is one of five categories in this year’s Clinical Audit Heroes Awards.

The judges were pleased to commend Mikaela Wardle and the Homeless Patient Pathway and Alcohol Care teams, for an audit of homeless patients presenting to City Hospital Emergency Department – a population which has high rates of substance and alcohol dependence, hepatitis C and multiple morbidity, compared to the general population. This project identified multiple areas where changes to processes could significantly improve outcome including staff education, collaboration and resources.

Read the case study in full here.