housing & housing services
local government

Improving Health and Social Care Through Housing

housing & housing services

local government

08:45 - 16:00

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Congress Centre, Central London

This Forum provides participants with the opportunity to assess how the housing sector can best deliver tailored and integrated services to improve healthcare outcomes as part of a preventative approach. Attendees will develop an understanding of how to effectively combine housing and healthcare priorities, hearing from innovative and financially efficient examples of local best practice. Through joint working with the health sector, successful methods for improving housing services while better supporting vulnerable people with a range of health conditions to live as independently as possible will be explored.


This Forum is specifically designed for for Housing Associations and Local Government. Typical job titles include:

  • Commissioning Leads
  • Welfare and Benefits Programme Managers
  • Community Engagement and Involvement Officers
  • Neighbourhood Managers and Partnership Managers
  • Directors of Housing Services
  • Heads of Regeneration
  • Heads of Housing Development
  • Director of Housing
  • Care and Support
  • Heads of Housing Needs
  • Housing Demand Managers
  • Housing Options Managers
  • Directors of Housing Support
  • Project Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Councillors

This Forum is also open to the Voluntary and Private Sectors to encourage debate and networking.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • David Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, Co-Author, “Housing and Health Opportunities for Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships”, Kings Fund
  • Jeremy Porteus, Managing Director, Housing LIN
  • Andrew Kyle, National Housing Lead – Transforming Care, NHS England
  • Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)
  • Carl Petrokofsky, Public Health Specialist Advisor, Healthy Places Team, Priorities and Programmes Division, Public Health England (PHE)
View the agenda and additional speakers


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Chair’s Welcome Address

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) (CONFIRMED)


Morning Keynote: Enhancing Service Standards Through Strategic Integration of Health, Social and Housing Services

  • Providing an overview of the government’s strategy for integrating health and housing needs to improve healthcare outcomes
  • Improving health in housing through joint action across local government and health through the Memorandum of Understanding
  • Establishing the home and housing sector as a focal point for addressing healthcare challenges
  • Highlighting the principal benefits of the health and housing sector collaborating: Preventing hospitalisation, facilitating discharge and enabling independent living
  • Explaining how the ‘Healthy New Towns’ initiative encourages a rethink of how health, social care and housing sectors can work together to improve services
  • Working to increase and support the joint commissioning of tailored housing services

Andrew Kyle, National Housing Lead – Transforming Care, NHS England (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Outlining the Health and Housing Opportunities for STPs

  • Reflecting on the findings of the 2018 “Housing and Health Opportunities for Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships” report
  • Why housing is important for STPs and emerging integrated care systems and how maximising it can work to develop a stronger focus on population health across the life-course
  • Revealing how well housing is currently represented in STPs and demonstrating how to make it a central plank of planning and analysis
  • How good-quality supported housing can support hospital discharge and people with mental health problems to live independently in the community
  • How housing can be set up on NHS estates to facilitate seamless transition from housing to healthcare settings

David Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, Co-Author, “Housing and Health Opportunities for Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships”, Kings Fund (CONFIRMED)


Sponsored Session:

Naomi Kingsley, Chief Executive, London Rebuilding Society Limited (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Forging a New Approach - Housing and Health Partnerships

  • Establishing the Wakefield Health, Housing and Social Care Partnership to keep people out of hospital, independent at home and supported in their community
  • Rolling out a pilot scheme whereby specialist health workers from different health, social care and voluntary organisations, across Wakefield work together
  • Making same-day homes visits to those in need to reduce the number of patients admitted to the Accident & Emergency departments and to local primary care
  • Focussing on increasing the social activity for residents by helping  to run additional activities whilst also the tenants to attend
  • Enabling a reduction of tenants involved in the scheme moving into residential and nursing care from 38% in 2014/15 to 0% in 2016/17

Sarah Roxby, Associate Director – Health, Housing and Transformation Wakefield District Housing and NHS Wakefield CCG (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Reducing Hospital Admissions Through an Effective Health and Housing Partnership

  • Working in partnership with NHS Oldham CCG and Oldham Housing Investment Partnership to invest £300,000 in the award-winning Warm Homes Oldham scheme
  • Accessing £1.4 million of grants from the government, ECO funders and energy charities
  • Channeling investment towards home improvements, such as boilers and insulation, as well as support from qualified advisors in saving energy
  • Helping nearly 600 households out of fuel poverty during 2015/16, saving ca. £600,000 off energy bills and ensuring winter heating affordability
  • Reducing NHS costs by an estimated £45,000 per year thanks to reduced GP and hospital visits, counselling and medication
  • Enabling 80% of scheme participants to report that the project had a positive impact on their general health and wellbeing

Anees Mank, Principal Housing Energy Officer, Oldham Council and Dr Will Eadson, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Regional Social And Economic Research, Sheffield Hallam University (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Afternoon Keynote: Promoting Joint Working Between the Health, Social Care and Housing Sectors

  • Reviewing PHE’s ‘Spatial Planning for Health’ report that addresses spatial planning for the built and natural environments to help demand on the NHS
  • Building local capacity and shared knowledge between health, housing and other professionals with the aim of promoting good local partnerships
  • Making the case for affordable and diverse housing that cater for the specific healthcare needs for vulnerable groups
  • Working across sectors to maximise opportunities of embedding the role of housing in improving health, and health and social care service

Carl Petrokofsky, Public Health Specialist Advisor, Healthy Places Team, Priorities and Programmes Division, Public Health England (PHE)(CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Delivering Patient-Centred Housing Solutions to Healthcare Challenges

  • Delivering housing pathways to help achieve the healthcare agenda objectives
  • Understanding the respective health and housing objectives, challenges and system and the ways in which to communicate, contact one another and build relationships
  • Exploring how healthcare considerations attribute greater value, support and funding to housing initiatives
  • Promoting collaboration at local level to improve knowledge, build capacity and shape delivery
  • Developing the means, channels and capabilities to convey the value of the housing sector to healthcare services and vice versa

Jeremy Porteus, Managing Director, Housing LIN (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Embedding Cross-Sector Collaboration In Accordance with the Housing and Health MoU

  • Conducting a review of the housing and other needs assessments currently available through the lens of the Health and Housing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
  • Establishing how services can be enhanced to improve understanding of resident’s future needs, to assist in the planning of resources and services
  • Demonstrating how joint working has enhanced social prescribing, affordable warmth activity, the role out of Making Every Contact Count (MECC), implementing the Worcestershire Loneliness plan
  • Outlining how effective deployment of resources and commissioning of services can develop digital inclusion activity, extra care housing developments and planning and new homes policies

Tim Rice, Senior Public Health Practitioner, Worcestershire County Council (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Enhancing Recovery Pathways from Institutional Care to Community-Based Housing

  • Working with the NHS to provide a community-based alternative to hospital admission
  • Building hope and resilience by using a range of psychosocial interventions to address the causes and impact of crises
  • Ensuring that support plans are self-directed and support customers towards discharge, to improve their self management skills and develop the confidence and resilience to return home
  • Providing aftercare and a period of support for all planned discharges: Conducting a ‘check in’ with patients 12 weeks after discharge to monitor outcomes

Patrick O’Dwyer, Chief Executive, Look Ahead Housing and Care (invited)


Questions and Answers Session


Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change

According to the Building Research Establishment, the cost of poor housing to the NHS is £1.4 billion per year. Housing is a key component of a comprehensive healthcare system. Indeed, a March 2018 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by 25 leading health and housing stakeholders, reports that not investing in housing will only result in an additional 55,000 residential care placements by 2030.

The MoU highlights the need for better strategic planning at national and local level that enables responsive and tailored provision to current and future health needs. In addition, it makes the economic case for investing in stable and secure housing to help pre-empt ill health or injury.

The MOU also reinforces moves made by the government to instil a culture of integrated service provision. The Department of Health has set a target of 26,000 homes to be built on NHS land. The Healthy New Towns programme, which promotes cross-sector working between planning authorities, housing developers and CCGs, shows that this land can be used, not just to build homes but also to return health benefits to local communities and the wider system. The November 2017 Budget included an additional £42 million for Disabled Facilities Grants in 2017-18, increasing the total budget for this year to £473 million. These grants contribute to home adaptations which play a key role in enabling older and disabled people of all ages to live independently and safely in their own homes.

However, if our ageing population are to live more independently, NHS pressures to be diminished and hospital discharges to operate more efficiently, then collaboration between housing associations, local authorities, charities and healthcare providers is a must. A greater awareness of differing sector capacities and how to access them will ensure better use of collective resources, wider engagement from local stakeholders and ultimately the maximisation of housing potential to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for all.

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