Mental Health and Housing Navigation Schemes in England: A scoping review protocol

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Objective: This scoping review aims to provide an overview of literature about mental health and housing navigation schemes in England, with a specific focus on schemes which support adults experiencing mental health difficulties and/or housing instability.

Introduction: Mental health navigation schemes have been implemented in a range of contexts, and small-scale studies suggest positive outcomes for service users. However, there are currently no scoping reviews which describe mental health or housing navigation schemes in England or how such schemes may help people experiencing mental health difficulties and/or housing instability.

Inclusion criteria: Studies which are in English, were published between January 2002 and July 2022, and describe a mental health or housing navigation scheme in England that is designed to support adults experiencing mental health difficulties and/or housing instability.

Methods: Studies will be identified by searching electronic academic databases (i.e. Scopus, OvidMedline, PsycInfo, Embase, Web of Science, ASSIA, Social Care Online, Social Policy and Practice, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, CINAHL complete, HMIC and Social Sciences Abstracts); Google Scholar; the references of included studies and undertaking advanced Google searches. The latter will help to identify relevant grey literature. Four authors will independently screen titles and abstracts. Full texts will be reviewed for relevance and data extraction will also be conducted independently by two authors who have expertise in qualitative research and by two authors with expertise in quantitative research. Studies will be included if they meet the inclusion criteria. A qualitative content analysis will be employed to summarise and synthesise the characteristics of the included studies. The scoping review will be conducted using guidelines by Arksey and O’Malley (2005) and according to the Joanna Briggs Institute methodological framework (Peters, Godfrey, McInerney, Munn, Tricco & Khalil, 2000). It will be reported in accordance with the PRISMA-SCr checklist (Tricco et al., 2018).

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2022


  • mental health
  • scoping review
  • mental health navigation
  • housing
  • housing navigation
  • mental health navigator
  • housing navigator

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