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Dorney-Smith S, Hewett N, Burridge S. Homeless medical respite in the UK: a needs assessment for South London. British Journal of Healthcare Management. 2016b; 22:(8)215-223

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Homelessness during the pandemic: helping the most vulnerable

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Volume 31 · Issue 4


Sam Dorney-Smith, Nursing Fellow, Pathway, and Specialist Advisor, Homeless Health Programme, Queen's Nursing Institute, London (, runner-up in the Nurse of the Year category of the BJN Awards 2021

I was proud to be a runner-up in the Nurse of the Year category in the BJN Awards 2021.

By background I am an adult registered nurse (qualified in 1996), specialist practitioner (in practice nursing, qualified in 2003), and nurse prescriber (qualified in 2005). I also have various additional qualifications, including a postgraduate diploma in research methods, a diploma in tropical nursing, and a minor injuries practitioner qualification.

I started my career in general medicine and emergency medicine, and spent time working among aboriginal communities in Australia, and in Nepal, but I have been working with people experiencing homelessness and other inclusion health groups in the UK since 2004.

I currently work full time as a Nursing Fellow for the Pathway charity, but am also a Specialist Advisor for the Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) Homeless and Inclusion Health Programme. I also volunteer for Doctors of the World, undertaking medical outreach in the City of London. I am also the Secretary and a Trustee of the London Network of Nurses and Midwives Homelessness Group.

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