Arch Health CIC is a new social enterprise, set up by clinicians and professionals of Brighton & Hove to address the health needs of vulnerable and homeless people in the city. In November 2016 it was announced that Arch had won the contract to run the Morley Street Surgery and the homeless health engagement service for Brighton & Hove for the next 3 years after taking over the contract from The Practice Group on February 1st 2017.
The new service will include in-reach services to Royal Sussex County and Mill view hospitals plus an engagement service offering non-clinical support to patients. Our vision also includes developing expertise within a wide range of organisations and heath services across the city to ensure the best health outcomes for patients.
We will be working with St John Ambulance and Justlife Foundation who currently provide the Pathway Plus homeless hospital discharge service for Brighton & Hove and we anticipate developing far reaching partnerships through which will make a deep and lasting impact on those who we serve in the city.
Mahatma Ghandi once said “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” At Arch we believe this measure is also true of a city – our city – Brighton & Hove.
Arch stands for:
The name reflects the belief of the team that primary care should move way beyond the treatment of symptoms into community oriented care which focuses on the whole person and promotes restoration, wellness and resilience.
ACCESSIBLE is not simply about an open door, simple registration and a flexible appointment system, though those are important. Itʼs about a professional, welcoming and non-judgemental culture amongst our entire team so that people who may struggle to access formal services are able to visit their GP with confidence and receive the treatment which they need.
RESTORATIVE is the recognition that each person is a unique and complex individual and is always more than a presenting health issue. Arch will always seek, as far as is possible, to gain an understanding of the whole person and help them to aim for the best possible physical and mental health outcomes.
COMMUNITY is key to every personʼs health and wellbeing. Not every problem can be addressed through a consultation with the doctor or nurse, the prescription pad cannot replace our need for positive interactions with fellow human beings. Arch recognises that many, many local groups, organisations, businesses and people play a critical role in the health of our people.
HEALTH is our business, our aim is improving the health of the poorest fastest through outstanding specialist health care and through proactive engagement with the wider community. We believe that homeless people should have access to healthcare which is at least as good as that which is provided for the rest of the population.
Dr Chris Sargeant (Director) says: “Arch Health CIC was founded because we believe that no-one should be denied the highest standards of healthcare, whatever their circumstances. Those who make up the Arch Board have first hand experience as clinicians and managers in providing services for homeless people and those from other marginalised groups such as gypsies and travellers, vulnerable asylum seekers and sex workers. We are determined to provide everyone from these groups a standard of care at least as good as that expected by the general population, and to make the care accessible, restorative, and compassionate.“
We look forward to continuing to take the service forward with the help of partners Inclusion Healthcare, who recently received an ‘outstanding’ CQC status for their homeless surgery in Leicester, as we work to deliver high quality clinical care to those who are in the greatest need.
At Arch we want to improve the health of the poorest fastest.