BSMS Homelessness Conference: Shining a Light on Homelessness

8th February 2020 (Saturday) Checkland Building, University of Brighton, Village Way, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PH FEEDBACK


The rate of homelessness has increased dramatically in recent years resulting in a huge strain on the NHS, social services and the housing sector. It has a huge impact on those affected, with significantly higher incidences of mental and physical health problems amongst the homeless and rough sleepers. The conference aims to address the following questions: Why have the incidences of homelessness increased? Why does rough sleeping affect peoples’ health so negatively? How can we help?

The first BSMS Homelessness Conference will explore the reasons why and how people become homeless, the chief concerns of those working in homelessness and why health should be the main priority. This conference will serve as an introduction to homelessness and its surrounding issues including drug and alcohol abuse, domestic abuse and refugees.

The conference is hosted by BSMS HoMed. BSMS HoMed is Brighton and Sussex Medical School's Homeless Medicine Society, which aims to improve healthcare for homeless people and other vulnerable groups by improving the understanding and skills of future doctors. The society hopes to achieve this through educational events, volunteering and fundraising.

Following the conference, the society will be hosting a networking event in the evening. All delegates are welcome to attend.

Please direct any further enquiries to BSMS HoMed at Please include your name and ‘Question’ in the subject heading.

Abstract Submission

Abstract submissions are welcome. Individuals may enter the poster competition for the opportunity to win a prize and to present their poster.

Structured abstracts of 250 words may be submitted to and must be received no later than 2359 hours on 31st January 2020. Please include the authors name and ‘Poster’ in the subject heading.

Applicants will be required to bring their A3 poster to the conference, where they will present to a panel of experts during the lunch break. The winner will be announced during the afternoon address.

All applicants must be in full-time education.

Student Travel Bursary Details:

BSMS HoMed has developed the Student Travel Bursary to ensure that all delegates can attend the conference. Delegates living outside of Sussex during term-time may be eligible for £5.00 to £20.00 off their travel. Please email with the following information to determine if you are eligible:
  • Your term-time postcode
  • Your expected cost of travel (e.g. train ticket)
  • Proof of student status at a university outside of Sussex
  • Why you would like to attend the conference
Please include your name and ‘Travel Bursary’ in the subject heading of your email.

Aims and Objectives

  • To understand how to deliver better healthcare to homeless people.
  • To increase delegates understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness and other vulnerable healthcare groups.
  • To provide education around the causes of homelessness.
  • To generate interest and understanding of delegates towards people experiencing homelessness, their treatment and prevention.
  • To understand the role of healthcare in homelessness.

Abstract Submission

Fee, Date and Venue

  • Date : 8th February 2020 (Saturday)
  • Time : 0830 – 1800 hours
  • Venue : Checkland Building, University of Brighton, Village Way, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PH
  • Conference Fee : £5.00
  • No. of Places Available : 180
  • Target Audience : Medical Students, individuals considering a career in Medicine and individuals who wish to be better informed about homelessness and want to know how to help.





  • Miss Ellie Craven - Conference Lead
  • Mr Luke Pritchard - Sponsorship representative
  • Mr John Howatt - Student coordinator
  • Miss Holly Morley - Logistics officer
  • Miss Janani Murugesh - Media officer
  • Miss Olivia Thompson - Treasurer
  • Miss Isabel Craven - Graphic Design