“Housing associations have a key role to play in the delivery of social prescribing across London,” said Andrew van Doorn, Chief Executive of HACT. “They are significant investors in communities across the capital and are already supporting a range of activities for Londoners. This report includes a number of examples of housing associations taking a lead in social prescribing in London, including Poplar HARCA in east London and Peabody in Thamesmead.”
The NHS Long Term Plan is clear about the potential of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs). So where does social housing fit into this? How can it become part of this integrated approach to health?
Before we start, some explanations around current terminology might help:
What’s clearer, though, is that the long-term plan for the NHS is likely to continue down the path of promoting new models of care, Integrated Care Systems and closer provider relationships.
If I’ve lost you there, apologies. Another wish that many might have for the NHS in the new year is that it stops chopping and changing the language of health. Over the last five years, we’ve had New Models of Care, Accountable Care Organisations (and Partnerships), Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (and Plans) and, now, Integrated Care Systems.
In my last blog post I talked about the constraints on housing providers if we do not know what really works: we will not have the information available to focus our efforts on those things that deliver the most impact. Whilst this is problematic in all areas of housing providers’ activities, it becomes a particular constraint on business improvement and development when the growth opportunity is in a sector that places higher emphasis on evidence in its decision-making.
What does it mean to personalise housing care and support services? How can it be co-produced and deliver real choice and control for people? Does working collectively, pooling skills and money between people, improve their wellbeing or is it just a whole load of nonsense and a fad that has very little impact? And what can housing associations do to drive forward transformation in care and support at a time of increasing resource constraint?