The 2015/16 Action Plan establishes a set of commitments across the sectors to build an integrated agenda to improve health through the home.
Since December 2014, when a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was established, government departments and agencies, charities and learning networks from the housing and health sector have been working in collaboration to improve health through housing. The 2015/16 delivery plan outlines their commitments to widen the understanding of the agenda and implement a range of integrated initiatives.
Achievements since the MoU was launched include:
- Production of guidance and tools for local areas to understand the impact that poor housing and homelessness have on people’s health;
- Promotion of online practice exchange related to people with long-term conditions and older people;
- Revision of already existing self-training materials.
Work is already underway with NICE to look at their guidelines, with PHE and HACT to establish standards in evidence, and with all partners to embed the vision of the MoU at a local level.
The MoU promotes the exchange of experiences between different sectors to build innovative solutions to common challenges. Partners have been delivering training and events that bring together professionals to share good practices that could be the key for developing new integrated approaches.
HACT’s commitments for the delivery plan include:
- Publishing the work with the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling and the National Housing Federation on the dementia and psychosis care pathways;
- Launching the Standards of Evidence for Housing and developing a support service and register of research;
- Developing new social value proxies as part of the Social Value Bank that describe key care, support and health outcomes;
- With the NHF, supporting new joint ventures around NHS land;
- Establishing an Innovation Platform to promote new community based approaches to primary and secondary prevention (subject to funding);
- Delivering a range of masterclassess on key housing and health issues.
If you wish to learn more about the MoU, please access: http://www.hact.org.uk/news/leading-housing-and-health-groups-agree-action-plan