St John Ambulance receives grant to support homeless hospital patients

St John Ambulance in Hastings has received a boost in its efforts to help homeless patients at Conquest Hospital in the form of a grant of £2,500 from MAXIMUS Foundation UK.

Nurse Coordinator Roger Nuttall received a cheque from MAXIMUS Foundation UK trustee Lucy Goundry following a nomination from MAXIMUS staff member Deborah Somers. The grant is to be used to fund St John Ambulance’s continued provision of support and advocacy services for homeless patients at Conquest Hospital, assisting in their discharge to ensure their safety and minimise the potential for re-admission.

The MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015 with a remit of providing grants to local charities and non-profit organisations that support disadvantaged groups, particularly those contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

Chris Blackwell, Chairman of the MAXIMUS Foundation UK, said:

“St John Ambulance is a wonderful organisation. Its team deserve enormous credit for helping patients at Conquest Hospital. Our Foundation is committed to helping disadvantaged groups, and we’re delighted to be able to contribute to the running of such an important local service.

Roger Nuttall, Nurse Coordinator for St John Ambulance, said:

“This grant will make a huge difference in enabling us to continue supporting homeless hospital patients and ensuring they receive a safe and affective discharge, preventing further ill health and re-admission.”

MAXIMUS Foundation UK

MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015, using the model of the Foundation established by MAXIMUS in the United States. The remit of the Foundation is to provide grants to community groups and charities that contribute to personal growth and self sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

MAXIMUS is one of the Department for Work and Pensions’ accredited providers of the Work Programme, delivering the scheme in West London and the Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and the North East Yorkshire and the Humber. MAXIMUS has forty years of experience providing support to help disadvantaged people back into the labour market and has partnered with governments around the world to provide critical health and human service programmes to a diverse range of communities in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Through its subsidiary Health Management Limited (HML), MAXIMUS is also one of the largest providers of occupational health services in the UK and carries out these services through a dedicated team of highly qualified clinicians. HML is the provider of the DWP Fit for Work service available to GPs, employers and employees.

St John Ambulance – Hastings drop-in centres

The Hastings Homeless Service provides nurse-led health care, podiatry and first aid to homeless and vulnerably housed people through its drop-in clinics. The Service also supports homeless patients in the Conquest Hospital by spending time visiting them and liaising with hospital staff and housing agencies. This is to ensure a safe and effectively planned discharge is in place, with all necessary support and follow-up healthcare.

St John Ambulance is the nation’s leading first aid charity. Every year, more than 800,000 people learn how to save a life through our training programmes, including hundreds of thousands of young people. Our volunteers provide first aid in their communities, keeping people safe at events, and working alongside the NHS in response to 999 calls. We’re also always campaigning to raise awareness of first aid and directly educate the public. First aid is such a simple skill, but it has an incredible impact. We want everyone to learn it, so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

For further information or comment from Chris Blackwell, please contact Chris Rogers (020 7793 2536 / 07720 054189 / or Mayar Raouf (020 7463 0698 /