Collaboration with NHS Lothian, Scottish Drugs Forum, Streetwork, The Salvation Army, University of Aberdeen and University of Victoria.
For people experiencing homelessness and problem substance use, access to appropriate services can be challenging. There is evidence that the development of trusting relationships with non-judgemental staff can facilitate service engagement. Peer-delivered approaches show particular promise, but the evidence base is still developing. The study aimed to assess the feasibility and acceptability of designing and implementing a peer-delivered, relational intervention to reduce harms and improve health/wellbeing, quality of life and social functioning, for people experiencing homelessness and problem substance use, using mixed methods.
Parkes T, Matheson C, Carver H, Foster R, Budd J, Liddell D, Wallace J, Pauly B, Fotopoulou M, Burley A, Anderson I & MacLennan G (2020) Supporting harm reduction through peer support (SHARPS): Testing the feasibility and acceptability of a peer-delivered, relational intervention for people with problem substance use who are homeless, via a mixed methods study. Health Technology Assessment.