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Dr Chris Sargeant

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Dr Chris Sargeant (MBBS, DRCOG, MSc [Addictions])

Senior Lecturer
T: +44 (0)1273 644502
Location: Watson Building, Room 342, University of Brighton Falmer Campus, BN1 9PH

Other roles: BSMS Internal Examiner
Areas of expertise: Inclusion health; primary care for homeless people; primary care alcohol and drug dependence treatment; primary/secondary care interface
Research areas: Care of homeless people and other marginalised groups/Inclusion Health; primary care for homeless people; primary care alcohol and drug dependence treatment; primary/secondary care interface


Dr Chris Sargeant has been a GP since 1992, and in 1998 he helped to set up the Morley Street Surgery for homeless people (later called Brighton Homeless Healthcare) in central Brighton. Over the next 10 years, it developed into a multidisciplinary health facility with good links to all local services which remains a vital part of the local health service for homeless people.

Having completed an MSc in the Clinical and Public Health Aspects of Addiction in 2006 at King’s College and The Maudsley Hospital, he became the GP clinical lead for PCADS, Islington’s Primary Care Drug and Alcohol Service in 2009.


In 2012, Chris began working with the national homeless health charity ‘Pathway’ leading the Brighton arm of a randomised controlled clinical trial ‘Pathway GP-led homeless team approach to improving the care and outcomes for homeless people’ at BSUH. The trial ended in June 2013 having recruited 100 patients locally (240 across two sites) and showed improved quality of life and housing outcomes for patients compared to usual care. Further research follow up of the homeless people recruited to the trial is being undertaken in 2017-18.

Since the trial the team has developed into ‘Pathway Plus’ with additional non-clinical outreach, advocacy and community follow up roles, and  has become integrated into the local homeless health network.

Chris is the chair of ‘ARCH’ a new Community Interest Company which has successfully bid to run an integrated Primary Care and Hospital In-reach service for homeless people, commencing in February 2017.


Since 1996 Chris has been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education as a clinical practice facilitator, lecturer, clinical teacher, and since 2006 as  part-time Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medical Education of BSMS.

He is course leader for the MSc Trauma and Orthopaedics course and the postgraduate Diabetes courses and contributes to Public Health, Research Methods and Critical Appraisal, and Evidence Based Practice modules. He has recently developed a new PG Cert Diabetes in Primary Care and he supervises dissertation and undergraduate individual research project students.

In conjunction with the Faculty of Homeless and Inclusion Health and the Pathway charity he arranges the BSMS Inclusion Health continuing professional development days.

Chris runs a student-selected component ‘Healthcare of Homeless People’ and lectures on Primary Care for Homeless People and on Effective Discharge of Homeless People From Hospital in the BSMS undergraduate curriculum.