- Posted on : 09 June 2017
- by Daniel Rankine
With no national ‘homes for health’ strategy and a multitude of interests in, and influences on, housing, enabling everyone to live in the right home for their health and wellbeing is a significant challenge. One that, if not addressed, will limit health care and social care ambitions to deliver ‘care closer to home’, and ambitions for economic growth. Gill will explore what’s needed to enable homes in which to ‘start, live and age well’ as a means to improve health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support joint action on improving health through the home was signed in 2015 by representatives of the housing sector along with key health and social care bodies to support integration between housing, health and care services. The MoU sets out a shared commitment to joint action to deliver better health and wellbeing outcomes for residents and tenants. More recently the ‘Health and Housing’ quick guide has been published with practical examples as to how agencies can work together.
Better Housing, Better Health is a pilot 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 contribute towards the local implementation of 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.
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 engages with both institutions and communities to co-design and deliver healthier neigbourhoods, cities and regions. This presentation will discuss our work alongside Southway Housing Trust (a community based housing provider and social enterprise) to develop an Age Friendly Neighbourhoods research and delivery model. We will show how our resident-led partnerships are combating social isolation and health inequalities through a range of environmental and social interventions. This approach is now active in five neighbourhoods across Manchester.
The Health Begins at Home research project began in 2013 to test the effectiveness of two types of interventions in improving the health and wellbeing of tenants aged over 50.
Housing organisations can have a significant role to play in improving and promoting healthy communities. This presentation will provide case studies and outline the approach taken by New Charter Housing Trust.
In a bid to put health at the heart of new neighbourhoods and towns across the country, 10 housing developments have been selected to be part of the NHS backed ‘healthy new towns’ initiative. Covering 76,000 homes and 170,000 residents, the design of these new spaces will seek to address healthcare issues such as obesity and dementia, provide new approaches to health care delivery and create environments which allow people to make easier healthy lifestyles choices. Halton has been selected as one of the 10 Heathy New Town sites and presents is the journey so far, the successes and the challenges in adopting the healthy place approaches.
People with mental health problems are more likely to live in degraded housing which can escalate their symptoms and cause a deterioration in their condition. They are twice as likely to feel unhappy with their housing and four time likely to say it negatively affects their health. Poor housing situations are often given as the reason for admission or readmission to inpatient care. Providing the right support and housing solutions can change people’s lives.
A case study on supporting hospital discharge processes.
Money invested for improving poor housing among minority ethnic households could have a significant impact in improving health and reducing the financial burden on the NHS.
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Construction of The Bridgewater Hall commenced on 22 March 1993, but the idea of a new concert hall for Manchester dates back to the reconstruction of the Free Trade Hall in the 1950s after wartime bomb damage. The Free Trade Hall was home to the city’s famous Hallé orchestra and also hosted rock and pop concerts. However, despite holding great public affection, the 1850s Free Trade Hall was ill-equipped to respond to the rising standards of service and acoustic excellence demanded by performers and audiences.