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Housing and Health: Working in Partnership

May 10 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Open Forum Events are pleased to add to their portfolio of bespoke public sector conferences by hosting: Housing and Health: Working in Partnership. This conference will explore the relationship between housing provision and the health and wellbeing of residents living within the community.efs

A fundamental shift in demographics, resulting in an increased aged population, along with more people living with long term conditions has created unprecedented demands on the nation’s health and social care systems. To alleviate some of the pressures all avenues need to be explored and resources exploited to support and promote better health. The state of housing and local spaces can impact enormously on individual’s health and that of the local community. Understanding the links between how housing can impact adversely on health and conversely initiatives that can improve circumstances is a key feature of the conference agenda.

Poor housing has a significant detrimental effect on health and wellbeing. Although the relationship is complex and the exact impacts difficult to assess, there is strong evidence of an association with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. Housing related hazards increase the possibilities of accidents, resulting in avoidable injury. It has been calculated that the cost of poor housing to the NHS is £1.4bn per year.

The Housing and Health: Working in Partnership conference will bring together key authorities, from both the housing and public health arenas, that are interested in influencing policy and implementing strategy to improve health through better housing. Through an agenda of expert speakers, sharing the very latest thinking, delegates will gain a greater understanding of the impacts of housing on health and how these issues can be addressed. There will be the opportunity to gain insight, through a number of case studies, into initiatives that are being employed to improve living conditions to support better health and wellbeing.

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The environment in which we live can influence our health. Substandard housing and poor living conditions can significantly impact on health and wellbeing in a negative way.

In October 2016 Shelter published results against a new standard in housing. The standard assesses property against 39 criteria to ascertain whether the home is acceptable to secure the residents’ wellbeing. Shelter found that one in ten fall short of the standard with 73% of those that failed being in London. A fifth of the properties failed due to poor conditions such as cold, damp, pests and safety hazards.

It is well accepted that inadequate housing is a contributory factor to increased risk of developing preventable diseases including; respiratory conditions, cardiovascular disease, cancer and mental health issues. Over a quarter of adults living in poor conditions report having fair, bad or very bad health, whilst children are twice as likely to also have fair, bad or very bad health as compared to children living in better conditions. The association between health and bad housing is most acutely apparent amongst the elderly population. Pensioners who live in poor housing are a third more likely to have fair, bad or very bad health as compared to rest of the population.
Poor design, inferior construction and inadequate maintenance create housing related hazards and impacts adversely on safety. This increases the risk of accidents and injury and can ultimately require NHS treatment and social care intervention. In some European countries accidents that happen in the home account for more deaths than road collisions.
The urban environment plays a role in health across the whole of the local community. Noise and air pollution, a lack of green spaces and recreational facilities, plus limited mobility and transport options can exasperate the situation and contribute further to health inequalities.

A briefing from the Building Research Establishment (BRE) has calculated that the annual cost of poor housing to the NHS is at least £1.4bn. This is a significant increase and represents more than double the previous estimate of £600m in 2010 and suggests that the impact of poor housing on health is on a par with smoking. The indication is that the risks of falls and cold homes have the greatest impact on NHS costs, however, the report signifies that making cost-effective improvements to the homes of more vulnerable people will deliver considerable public health gains and budget savings.

The Care Act 2014 lays out the need for greater cooperation and integration between agencies who are responsible for providing for those in need of care and support. It places emphasis on improved collaboration between health and social care services to deliver outcome centred support to meet individual needs. To encourage improved coordination across health and housing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been established between government and its agencies such as; NHS England, Public Health England, the Homes and Community Agency, plus partners from the housing sector including trade and professional bodies. The MoU sets out a ‘shared commitment to joint action across government, health, social care and housing’ and will ‘promote the housing sector’s contribution to health’.
As part of the NHS 5 Year Forward View (5YFV) to improve population health, NHS England has turned its attention to ambitious plans to improve health through the built environment. Recognising that 200,00 new homes need to be built each year in England, the 5YFV made a commitment to improve public health with greater integration between services as part of the shaping new places process. The Healthy New Towns programme aims to factor in health and wellbeing into the design and build of new homes and communities. Ten schemes have been identified to create ‘healthy new towns’ involving more than 76,000 homes and 170,000 residents.

At he Housing and Health: Working in Partnership conference we will discuss how these initiatives and others are developing to create a closer, more effective working relationship between housing services and the health and social care system.

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  • Hear about the correlation between housing and health and the impacts that are encountered
  • Improve understanding of the consequences for the NHS of poor housing and degraded urban environment
  • Discover what the ambitions are for improving health outcomes through housing solutions
  • Gain an insight into the importance of joint working and integration across housing and health agencies to deliver effective services
  • Listen to the very latest evidence of which interventions are proving to be most successful
  • Discuss with expert contributors from both the health and housing sectors how to overcome some of the challenges faced locally
  • Share best practice and experiences
  • Listen to examples of innovative initiatives that are positively contributing to supporting health within housing strategy
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate with speakers and fellow delegates
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking
  • Gain CPD credits

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PHASE is a research and architecture consultancy based at the Manchester School of Architecture. We work collaboratively to understand and create healthier places. Our multi-disciplinary research has engaged institutions and communities to co-design and deliver healthier neigbourhoods, cities and regions including Cornwall and the Scottish Highlands. Working alongside Southway Housing Trust (a community-based housing provider and social enterprise), we have developed a research and delivery model for Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods currently active in five neighbourhoods across Manchester. These resident-led partnerships are combating social isolation and health inequalities through a range of environmental and social interventions.


Patrick Vernon OBE, Non-Executive Director of Camden and Islington Mental Health Foundation Trust.

National Housing FederationPatrick works for the National Housing Federation as Health Partnership Coordinator. He is an Associate Fellow for the Department of History of Medicine at Warwick University, former committee member of Healthwatch England, NHS England Equality Diversity Council, and Advisory Board Member for ‘Time To Change and former member of the Labour and the Coalition government Ministerial Advisory for Mental Health. Patrick has previously worked as a senior civil servant at the Department of Health, Director of the Brent Health Action Zone (Brent Primary Care Trust) and Regional Director for MIND, North West London Community Foundation and The Afiya Trust. He is a board member of North London Muslim Housing Association, Patron of Sante and trustee of the Bernie Grant Trust.


Gill Leng, Director, GLHS. National Advisor on Health & Homes, Public Health England

Gill has worked with local government for 20 years, enabling councils and their partners across England to improve health and wellbeing and reduce inequalities by tackling poor and unsuitable housing, preventing and responding to homelessness, building new homes and supporting communities.

Gill was Public Health England’s national advisor on homes, homelessness and health matters for Public Health England between January 2014 and March 2017, working with NHS England, DH and DCLG to inform national policy and programmes, and supporting local systems leadership to enable ‘homes in which to ‘start, live and age well’’.


Jeremy Porteus, Founder and Director, Housing Learning Improvement Network (LIN)

Until 2011, Jeremy was the National Programme Lead for Housing at the Department of Health (DH) and responsible for its £227million Extra Care Housing capital investment fund.
Since leaving the DH, Jeremy has established the highly-respected Housing LIN. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia Health and Social Care Champion’s Group and is also Chair of the Homes and Communities Agency’s Vulnerable and Older People’s Advisory Group (the government social housing investment body in England). He is the author of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People’s inquiry reports, ‘Living Well at Home’ and ‘Housing our Ageing Population: Plan for Implementation (HAPPI2)’. He was recently engaged again by the APPG as Secretariat to write the new HAPPI3 inquiry report, Housing our Ageing Population: Positive Ideas, which looked into the future use of technology to support independent living. This was launched in June 2016.
Jeremy is also a Fellow of the NIHR Social Services Care Research team and a member of their Impact Working Group.
About the Housing LIN
A signatory of the Health & Housing Memorandum of Understanding, the Housing LIN is a sophisticated network bringing together housing, health and social care professionals in England and Wales to exemplify innovative housing solutions for an ageing population.

Recognised by government and industry as a leading ‘knowledge hub’ on specialist housing, our online and regional networked activities:
• connect people, ideas and resources to inform and improve the range of housing choices that enable older and disabled people live independently
• provide intelligence on latest funding, research, policy and practice developments, and
• raise the profile of specialist housing with developers, commissioners and providers to plan, design and deliver aspirational housing for an ageing population
Web:www.housinglin.org.uk Twitter: @HousingLIN


Alexandra Steeland, Senior Project Officer, National Energy Foundation

alexandra-steeland-hi-res-croppedAlex joined the National Energy Foundation in 2014 and is responsible for leading innovative projects to improve health and wellbeing through practical energy efficiency improvements and advice. With a BA in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge, she has a background in reviewing public sector approaches to improving energy efficiency and affordable warmth.

Alex currently manages Better Housing Better Health, a health and housing referral scheme provided by the National Energy Foundation in partnership with 11 local authorities across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. The scheme aims to implement the NICE guidelines on the health risks associated with cold homes (NG6) and reduce pressure on health services by making homes warmer and healthier places to live. As Project Manager, Alex worked with stakeholders to develop a practical and replicable referral mechanism and has provided training for over 100 frontline health and social care professionals.


Dr Stefan White, Senior Enterprise Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University

Stefan is co-director of PHASE at the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA). An architect who researches and practises the architecture and urbanism of social and environmental sustainability, Stefan focuses on the health of multiply-excluded populations and their experiences across the life-course. Over the last 11 years , he has helped to deliver age-friendly city policy in local contexts, developing approaches that are recognised as exemplary by the World Health Organization, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations.

Stefan leads the Manchester Age Friendly Neighbourhoods programme, part of the £10m GM-wide Ambition for Ageing project. In 2017 he won the 2017 Manchester Metropolitan University award for Knowledge Exchange. Stefan provides expert evidence to GM and UK government foresight panels and recently consulted on the launches of both ‘All Age’ Tampere, Finland and Age-Friendly Gothenburg, Sweden. He has 10 years full-time multi-disciplinary experience of advanced practice in the field of sustainable urbanism and community regeneration prior to joining the Manchester School of Architecture in 2005.


Karen Mitchell, Chief Executive, Southway Housing Trust

Karen is the Chief Executive of Southway Housing Trust, a community based housing provider and social business based in South Manchester. Southway has a strong commitment to providing high quality affordable homes in desirable neighbourhoods, whilst also making best use of our assets to improve the prosperity and well-being of local residents and contributing to the growth and reform agenda in Greater Manchester. Southway has an ambitious development programme and will increase the number of homes in our target areas over the next 10 years.

Karen has worked in a wide range of housing related roles in a number of local authorities across Greater Manchester, and led the set up of Berneslai Homes, an ALMO in Barnsley. In more recent years she has worked in the RP sector for Eastlands Homes and later joined Southway Housing Trust in 2007 as part of a stock transfer process.


Moira Griffiths, Group Director, Care and Support, Family Mosaic

Moira_Griffiths_portraitMoira is a Group Director at Family Mosaic, with responsibility for Care and Support services across London, Essex and the South region.
Moira started her career in care as a support worker, working with people with Learning Disabilities and qualified as a Registered Nurse during the 1980’s. Whilst working for health she was instrumental in closing large institutions and moving people with LD to live in the community.
Moira joined Family Mosaic in 2003 and has held various positions across the Essex region including Regional Director for Essex and London, before taking on the Group Director role in 2015.
Moira is currently working with other HA’s to highlight the issues surrounding the future funding of supported housing and lobbying around the proposed LHA caps.
Moira remains passionate about improving the quality of support services in our sector.


Tony Powell, Deputy Chief Executive, New Charter Housing Group

Tony has over 40 years’ experience of working in Local Authority and Social Housing.  Extensive knowledge of Housing Management, Housing Advice, Homelessness, Supported Housing, and community Regeneration.  In recent years, he has developed a number of partnerships/consortiums, and has established the Commercial Partnership Directorate which has enabled the Group to position itself to achieve its wider Corporate Plan Objectives.

As a member of the New Charter Management Team, he is responsible for developing and delivering the strategic direction of the Group, Performance Monitoring, Risk Assessments, Governance, new development, asset management and New Charter Building Company.

Tony is a Director of the Great Academy Education Trust and a Chair of Governors at a local Primary School, and Board Member for Challenge4Change.



Sarah Johnson Griffiths, Consultant of Public Health, Halton Borough Council

Sarah is a Consultant in Public Health and Deputy Director at Halton Borough Council and currently leads a wide portfolio of work from health protection to cancer, mental health to wider determinants, across all ages. She has a deep routed interest in the wider determinants of health and is passionate about building public health into all aspects of local authority, health and community services, with asset based approaches encouraging communities to build aspirations and take control to direct their health, their environment and opportunities. She is the public health lead for the Halton Healthy New Town and welcomes the approach across the wider NHS and partners.
Sarah has worked in public health in the NHS and local authority for almost 20 years, with experience working oversees with an NGO. She also has a background in animal science which offers very interesting perspectives on public health.
In her non work life, Sarah is mum to two small humans and would like to say she loves to read fantasy science fiction books, go hill walking and be a keen archer, but reality just doesn’t have enough time in it!


Ruth Cooke, Chief Executive Officer, Midland Heart

Ruth_Cooke_portraitRuth has been CEO of Midland Heart since 2012 and was previously Finance Director. Ruth is passionate about Midland Heart’s work to deliver homes and services across the Midlands that enable people to live independently. Midland Heart owns and manages 33,000 homes and is dedicated to providing decent, affordable homes combined with excellent services to over 70,000 customers including support services for homeless people and older people, anchored within our accommodation.

Ruth is a member of the West Midlands Combined Authority Mental Health Commission steering group which was formed to transform attitudes and services around mental health in the West Midlands. A qualified accountant and corporate treasurer, she is also a Board member at Marketing Birmingham, Chair of Herefordshire Housing and is the Vice Chair of the Social Housing Pension Scheme Committee.


David Smith, Customer First Director, First Choice Homes, Oldham

Dave has been working in Local Government and housing since the late 1980’s, mainly in London and Greater Manchester. He started working in East London advising on decentralising housing services and delivering tenant participation, community regeneration and empowerment services. For the last 25 years has worked in Rochdale and Oldham in a wide range of different positions from delivering and then leading front line services for Rochdale Boroughwide Housing to becoming the Finance and Development Director at FCHO. His experiences include being a member of the leadership teams that have taken 2 council housing departments through becoming ALMO’s and then stock transfer to now be established Housing Associations. In this time he has successfully developed and delivered a large number of partnership community regeneration projects and services.

At FCHO he is once again responsible for a wide range of customer facing teams including the FCHO Customer Service Centre, housing options (including homelessness) and allocations, housing support, neighbourhood, caretaking and grounds maintenance, customer engagement, community development, community safety, legal and homeownership services. He is the FCHO lead on health and well-being, care and support and has led on the piloting of Oldham’s hospital discharge, housing options for older people (HOOP) and Warm Homes services in partnership with the Council and Oldham CCG. He is a member of Greater Manchester Housing Providers Health and Well-Being Group leading on delivering their Health Pledges across the GM region.


Jabeer Butt, Deputy CEO, Race Equality Foundation

Deputy Chief Executive of the Race Equality Foundation, Jabeer Butt has gained an international reputation for the use of evidence in developing interventions that help overcome discrimination and disadvantage. His studies have been used to inform government thinking, including interventions such as Sure Start, as well as the NSPCC’s Grove House Family Centre.
In his current role providing leadership on the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities parent education initiative at the Foundation, the programme has seen widespread adoption because of its success in reaching parents from all communities. Jabeer also leads on health and housing work at the Foundation, with the publications of a number of critically acclaimed evidence-based briefing papers on aspects of health and housing and the establishment of the better-health.org.uk and better-housing.org.uk websites.
A key part of this work is the Foundation’s role in the Strategic Partners Programme, which has seen the Foundation facilitate better conversations between the black and minority ethnic-led voluntary sector and Department of Health, NHS England and the recently formed Public Health England, at the same time as ensuring that consideration for race equality, equality as a whole, and health inequalities play a part in the transformation of health and social care.
Jabeer has sat on a number of committees and was selected to represent the Strategic Partners when the NHS’s Equality and Diversity Council was formed.
Jabeer was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours List.

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