Challenges in Healthcare Delivery to the Homeless
Stan Burridge has more than 20 years’ experience working or volunteering in the homelessness sector and ‘lived experience’ which stretches back to a young run away from the institutional care system.
Stan’s proven track record of engaging with often ‘easy to ignore’ groups has meant he has been able to support the participation of thousands of homeless and formerly homeless people to contribute to an extensive list of articles for established health related publications including: National Institute of Health Research; The BMJ; Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health; The Lancet; and the British Journal of Healthcare Management.
His engaging style and tongue in cheek humour often brings together audiences of homeless people, medical students, policy makers and politicians and creates a platform for honest dialogue, breaking down some of the inherent difficulties there are to ‘user involvement.’
In 2018 Stan was awarded a runner-up place for Expert Citizen of the Year for Leadership and in July 2019 launched Expert Focus where he continues to support the voice of ‘lived experience’ to be at the forefront of commissioning and delivery strategies.
Stan has been a visiting lecturer at Greenwich University for the new student intake twice yearly since 2015 and continues to work with a number of other universities including UCL, Kings, Sterling and Dundee.
He says one of his best personal achievements was scoring 54 on a Masters Degree Module in Inclusion Health at University College London despite leaving school with no formal qualifications.