In the build-up to our Health and Housing conference 2019, we have put together a short profile of Gill Leng, one of the speakers at the conference.
Gill Leng has worked with local government for more than 20 years, enabling councils and their partners across England to improve health and wellbeing and reduce inequalities by tackling poor and unsuitable housing, preventing and responding to homelessness, building new homes and supporting communities.
Leng was Public Health England’s national advisor on homes, homelessness and health matters between January 2014 and March 2017, working with NHS England, DHSC and MHCLG to inform national policy and programmes, and supporting local systems leadership to enable ‘homes in which to 'start, live and age well’’.
In The Impact of Homelessness on Health (2017), a report she authored for local authorities, Leng wrote: “Homelessness and ill health are intrinsically linked and professionals in both sectors have a role to play in tackling the issues together.
Successful homelessness strategies require all public services to contribute in a way that recognises the personal needs, strengths and assets of every household.
There are things we can do, together. Collaboration between local professionals – from environmental health and housing to allied health, public health and social care – is central to integrate services as a means to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities for those facing homelessness."
Gill Leng will be speaking on 'The NHS long-term plan: What does it mean for greater collaboration to address homelessness?'. Find the full agenda here.