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This page provides a brief overview of a number of projects that the Housing LIN is involved in. They include both new resources we have commissioned and research and/or good practice projects that we have been invited to participate in. Where known, we indicate when these projects are due for completion.
DH Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund
As set out in paragraph 66 of the bidding guidance accompanying the Department of Health's £315m specialised housing fund, over the next few years the Housing LIN will be responsible for capturing details of the schemes assessed by the HCA and GLA (London only) and awarded grant in Phases 1 and 2 of the funded programme.
As schemes are handed over into management, our knowledge and information exchange will consist of an online directory of all successful schemes, building on the platform developed for the DH's former extra care housing fund.
We will also be liaising with successful agencies and their partners to host study visits and regional Housing LIN meetings to find out more about all aspects of the procurement development process. For example, the local planning, commissioning, design specification and care management requirements.
- Click here to view schemes built under the previous capital programme (2004-2012).
- Click here to view details of schemes that will be funded under Phase 1 of the Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund (2013-onwards).
- Click here to view details on Phase 2 of the Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund (2013-onwards)
- Click here for more information on our forthcoming regional meetings.
We are pleased to be a non-academic partner in a NIHR School for Social Care Research funded project to explore 'The Everyday Operation of Models of Social Care Provision within the Extra Care Housing Sector' (ECHO). Led by the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol, and also involving the Universities of Kent and Worcester, the project builds on the earlier ASSET research and explores how care is negotiated and delivered within extra care housing schemes.
More about the ASSET project's findings at:https://assetproject.wordpress.com/
This three-year University of Sheffield EPSRC funded research project, 'Design for Wellbeing Environments in Later Life', seeks to investigate how the design of houses and neighbourhoods can facilitate mobility and well-being - for current and future generations. The research team are working within three different neighbourhoods in Sheffield. Through workshops, activities, and consultation, the researchers aim to develop innovative solutions that meet the needs of current and future generations - from new 'HAPPI' style apartments, to small-scale adaptations that allow people to live in their homes for longer.
More about the DWELL project can be found at: http://dwell.group.shef.ac.uk/
New research to explore telecare use with older people
At the time the Department of Health (DH) published its Building Telecare guidance there was some concern about the strength of evidence behind the policy. To settle this issue the DH commissioned a major study - the Whole System Demonstrator Project (WSD). This trial found that telecare didn't produce better outcomes for people who used it.
These findings came when Adult Social Care Departments (ASCDs) faced unprecedented budget cuts, and rising demand for adult social care through rapidly ageing populations. Many had developed telecare services and to date, there's little evidence they are scaling back on telecare due to WDS findings. This raises some interesting issues. Were the positive findings from early project evaluations just down to poor research design? Does evidence from the WSD mean the DH needs to review its telecare policies? If telecare doesn't work, why are ASCDs still using it?
A team of researchers has begun to look at this, starting by contacting telecare managers and exploring with them the ways telecare is being used, barriers and facilitators and lessons that can be shared. If you'd like to know more about the study, or might be interested in taking part, the research team would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Dr John Woolham, the lead researcher, at email@example.com
Click here to download a summary of the research.
ALSO IN THE PIPELINE
Forthcoming Housing LIN publications on:
- Updating 'Strategic Housing for Older People' resource pack
- Refresh of Factsheet 6, 'Design principles in Extra Care Housing'
A variety of regional case studies, reports and viewpoints including:
- The final report from the Housing an Ageing Population in Wales Expert Group
- A selection of housing with care exemplars from England and Wales
- A case study paper on the 2016 award winning HAPPI housing schemes
- A new briefing on extra care housing and PRS
- Co-designing with local communities
If you would like further information any of the above or would like to discuss other projects that you think will be of interest to the Housing LIN, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, our most recent newsletters, Housing with Care Matters , also list the most recent 'calls for information' should you wish to contribute to any of our forthcoming resources.
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