Housing LIN Annual Conference - London

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Chaired by: Emma Maier, Inside Housing

Keynote speakers are:

  • Geeta Nanda OBE, Chief Executive, Metropolitan Housing Trust
  • Professor Jeremy Myerson, Honorary Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, and the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the Royal College of Art
  • Helen Hayes MP, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
  • Dr Bill Thomas, the Green House Project – Changing Aging, USA

There are also two Panel Debates and 18 interesting and diverse Knowledge & Innovation exchange sessions. These will be showcasing a festival of ideas, latest research and developments in housing with care for older people. In addition, built into the programme are opportunities for networking with our partners and industry leaders from across the housing, health and social care sectors.


8.45 Registration, refreshments and exhibition

9.30 Chair’s Welcome and Introduction - Emma Maier, Editor, Inside Housing

Insights & Intelligence: Keynote Addresses

9.45 Sector leadership: Setting out a vision for meeting customers’ needs and aspirations - Geeta Nanda OBE, Chief Executive, Metropolitan Housing Trust

10.15 Foresight: New Old - exploring the potential for design and designers to enhance the experience of our later lives - Professor Jeremy Myerson, Honorary Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, and the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the Royal College of Art

10.45 Questions and answers

11.00 Refreshments, exhibition and networking

11.30 In conversation: Placeshaping- investing in our homes and communities
Chair: Emma Maier
Panellists: Paula Broadbent, Retirement Housing Solutions Director, ENGIE; Tayo Bilewu, Funding Affordable Homes; Kris Peach, Housing & Care 21; and David Tunney, Shenley Wood resident, ExtraCare Charitable Trust

12.10 Innovation Sessions (details to be confirmed)

13.00 Lunch, networking and exhibition

14.10 Innovation Sessions (details to be confirmed)

15.00 In Conversation: Market shaping: New collaborative models of housing & care for later life living
Chair: Jeremy Porteus
Panellists: Honor Barratt, BirchgroveLife; Sara McKee, Evermore; Will Wimshurst, architect; and Ruby Smith, South Yorkshire HA

Innovations & Improvements: Keynote addresses

15.40 Why we need a national strategy on housing for older people. Findings from the CLG Select Committee - Helen Hayes MP, Communities and Local Government Committee

16.05 Changing Ageing: Pioneering collaborative living – inspirational lessons from America - Dr Bill Thomas, the Green House Project – ChangingAging, USA

16.35 Questions and answers

16.45 Closing Remarks - Jeremy Porteus, Director, Housing LIN

Followed by a post conference drink and opportunity for further networking hosted by PRP until 19.00


Bookings to attend this event are available to Housing LIN members only.

Terms and conditions

Important notice: the conference is provided free of charge to those registered in advance to attend and who subsequently attend. However, we reserve the right to charge those who register and subsequently fail to attend for the full cost of a conference place. This is due to the LIN incurring irrecoverable costs based on numbers of those registered in advance to attend. Non-attenders will be invoiced and pursued for payment. By registering you unreservedly accept these terms and conditions. The cost of the 2018 conference is £250 plus VAT per head.


Please pre-book one morning and one afternoon workshop from the list below.

Pre-registrations to these workshops are taken online on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmations of your workshops' bookings will be emailed to you a week before the event.

01. Customer driven care ready housing

Proposed by Engie

Moya Jones Engie Sales Director and Tony Markham MD T2 design will demonstrate the Canvas Lifestyle home and services configurator. You will experience how our Customers use the technology to create a bespoke home for their individual needs.

Speakers - Moya Jones, Engie Sales Director and Tony Markham, MD T2 design, Keepmoat

02. Post Occupancy Evaluation - completing a virtuous circle of learning

Proposed by PRP

"The more designers, clients and other members of project teams learn about how their buildings perform in use, the better their next buildings are likely to meet the complex needs of the clients and occupants – completing a virtuous circle of learning." RIBA

PRP has delivered an extensive number of independent living schemes for older people, and within this session will look at the benefits of post occupancy evaluation for all involved.

The session will focus on key case studies such as Farrow Court to demonstrate how these evaluations, done well, can assist in maximising overall building performance, resident wellbeing, and user-friendliness for residents and staff whilst also enabling best practice in future projects, by revisiting and learning from previous buildings.

Speakers - Emma Hester Senior Interior Designer & Sara Celentano, Senior Sustainability Consultant, PRP

03. Predicting Resilience – ExtraCare’s Well-being App

Proposed by ExtraCare Charitable Trust

ExtraCare’s Well-being Service supports residents to improve their health and well-being. Residents have a comprehensive assessment before moving into one of our retirement communities. They are also assessed annually and offered informal ‘drop in’ sessions. Aston University was commissioned to evaluate the effects of the integrated approach on health and well-being, cognition, social functioning and independence over time. A frailty tool was developed to use as part of the research, which has now been incorporated into a Well-being App (tablet based). This tool has been piloted and now integrated into all assessments. This enables prediction of a resident’s ‘resilience’ and personal goal setting. This workshop will explore what the data means for residents and the charity.

Speaker - Shirley Hall, Well-being and Community Manager, ExtraCare Charitable Trust @ShirlHall

04. The Vision - New Earswick for All Ages, Working as a Team to achieve success

Proposed by Faithful+Gould

Faithful+Gould, PRP architects and Drawing Room Interiors will share the journey so far in to how Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust has addressed the growing demand for flexible, high quality care services in the existing garden village of New Earswick.

We will look at how Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and the professional team have worked together to deliver positive changes to the New Earswick village from the integration of a new 105 bed extra care and 45 bed care home to the refurbishment of the community Folk Hall to create a new eatery and Explore library, relocation of the multi use games area, new tennis courts and new play and leisure facilities in the village.

Speakers - Sue Rugg, Faithful+Gould, Clare Cameron PRP Architects and Diane Celella Drawing Room Interiors.

05. All together now: integrating housing, health and social care using technology

Proposed by Tunstall

Discover a new approach to integrated care, using technology as a platform to generate efficiencies through prevention and co-ordinated care delivery.

Lancashire County Council (LCC) is working in partnership with Tunstall Healthcare and Progress Housing Group, to make much greater use of telecare services in Lancashire, as part of its commitment to preventing, reducing or delaying the need for health and care services and improving people's outcomes and quality of life. The countywide service is now supporting over 7,500 people.

This session will explore how this innovative, new model of care was planned and implemented, and reveal the latest results.

Speakers - Tony Walker, Commercial Director, Tunstall Healthcare (UK) Ltd @tonywalker_14 and Loraine Simpson, Head of Technology Enabled Care and Support Services, Progress Housing Group @PLifeline

06. Town Planning and the Care Sector – What are the Problems and what is being done to address them?

Proposed by the Housing LIN

Many care schemes face a number of hurdles through the planning system, and delivery is not meeting demand. Tetlow King Planning work with many developers from private and public sectors to guide their proposals through the planning system to a successful grant of planning permission.

This session will focus on recent developments in the national planning system, including the proposed Government changes to the National Planning Policy Framework issued this month and what it lacks in planning for Older People. We will also consider the important implications of CIL on care developments. Following on from the CLG Select Committee on Older People we will unpack the Report ‘Housing for Older People’s Needs’ (February 2018) and the anticipated changes to the Use Class system. The session will conclude on how these changes will affect planning applications for care schemes throughout the country.

Speakers - John Sneddon, Managing Director and Iain Warner, Director, Tetlow King Planning

07. Question time debate… An Approach to Regenerating Run Down Areas by Combining Housing, Health and Social Care to Provide Greater Quality of Life for All

Proposed by Willmott Dixon

Please see below a range of questions which can form the basis of our informal Q&A slot.

  • Why was Limelight selected as the flagship project in kick-starting the Old Trafford Master Plan
  • What were the key principles and outcomes of the care and community offering
  • Have we achieved the aspirations as set out in the design feasibility
  • Have the social value aspirations been met and how are we seeing this being evidenced in the local community
  • How might we have done things differently in terms of design and construction
  • What is the view from residents living in the extra care apartments
  • How did the team deal with the multitude of design features and finishes on the building
  • Why were the apartments constructed in prefabricated LGS and community hub/gp surgery constructed in Metsec LWSF

Speakers - Siobhan Ryder, Willmott Dixon & Graham Locke, PRP & Rodger Cairns, Trafford Housing Trust

08. Market rented housing: no longer the missing option? New opportunities for older people, local authorities, developers, investors and providers

Proposed by Winckworth Sherwood LLP

This inter-active session will draw on our new PRS Briefing 3. We will look at what has changed since our sessions in 2014 and 2017, discussing market rent offers in later life housing, local authority initiatives and Build to Rent for inclusive communities.  Who is investing and developing for this market?  Who are the new players?  How have the opportunities - and barriers - changed?

Speakers - Jenny Pannell, Housing LIN Associate and Charlotte Cook, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood LLP

09. Increasing Positive Housing Choices in Later Life

Proposed by Housing LIN

How can we create more diverse housing choices that better reflect the way older people want to live? This session will present the work of two powerful and innovative approaches, one in LGBT centred extra care and the other in Cohousing.  We will discuss the challenges we face in breaking the mould, how we are overcoming these and the potential learning we offer the mainstream.

The session also includes two short films  - Senior Cohousing: A different way of living and Tonic: A Fresh Approach to LGBT Older Living. 

Speakers - Anna Kear, Executive Director, UK Cohousing and Jamie Hartzell, Development Director, Tonic Housing Ltd @UKCohousing  #communityledhousing

01. Improving lives through Better living and Working environments

Proposed by Engie

Combining services, energy and technology to support well being and an affordable healthy lifestyle.  Engie will demonstrate how combining Services, Energy and Technology they are supporting customers to have a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Preventive solutions which connect housing, health and social care services to communities.

Speakers - Jacob Snellings, Business Development Director, ENGIE - UK & Ireland

02. An insight into UK retirement housing demand

Proposed by Knight Frank

Hopefully everyone by now is aware that the UK's population is aging and there is a need for specialist housing for older people.

This workshop examines some of the data behind the headline, with the aim of better understanding the requirements for older persons housing. 

Speakers - Tom Scaife, Partner, Knight Frank


03. Technology, shock and awe in the Assisted Living Sector

Proposed by Castleoak

This talk considers some of the threats and opportunities crystalizing in our sector as a result of uncomfortable realities on the ground, and technological progress and acceleration. What are operators, consultants and developers doing, and more importantly, what are they not doing? This talk explores the future impact of technology and tries to chart what some of the outcomes are likely to be? This talk requires audience participation.

Speakers - Lex Cumber, Business Development Director, Castleoak

04. Enhancing the wellbeing of our residents by embracing digital and becoming a dementia-friendly organisation

Proposed by Housing & Care 21

In the first part of the session, James will consider how the analogue technology that has been used for call systems has become out of date when compared to the technology that many people carry in their pockets, handbags or on their wrists. James will explain the digital technology that is being installed in Housing & Care 21 and the advantages of this.

Vanessa will then present the work which Housing & Care 21 are doing to become a dementia-friendly organisation. This will be followed by a presentation by the Mental Health Foundation on their peer to peer work in supporting residents living with dementia or at risk of social isolation.

Speakers - James McCarthy, Director of Retirement Housing @James_HC21 & Vanessa Pritchard-Wilkes, Head of Strategic Engagement @VanessaHC21

05. The housing needs of older people from BME communities

Proposed by the Housing LIN

A review of the evidence in terms of older people from BME communities and the likely issues and challenges they face

  • An overview on the real gaps in evidence
  • Some examples of good practice in this area
  • An opportunity for a real debate, offering delegates a chance to shape the Housing LIN's work on this going forward

Speakers - Clare Skidmore, Strategic Lead, Housing LIN and Kurshida Mirza, East Midlands Regional Ambassador, Housing LIN, Jabeer Butt, Race Equality Foundation

06. Help at the touch of a button – connected communities the Guinness way

Proposed by Guinness

Guinness have over 65,000 properties in the UK and provide housing and care services to over 120,000 customers. Our largest group of customers are those aged over 66 and therefore it has been vital to offer services that assist these customers in remaining safe at home. The mobile support service offers a combination of technology, wellbeing visits and home safety checks and has been successfully running for almost a decade in and around the Cheshire area. Find out how we set the service up, how it funds itself and how we intend to innovate to meet the changing needs of our customers.

Speakers – Wendy Wells, Head of Policy and Business Implementation and Manuela Gruse, Retirement Living Manager @GuinnessCare and @YourGuinness

07. Developments in the Provision of Social Care in Extra Care Housing: Findings from the ECHO Project

Proposed by the Housing LIN

The ECHO project explored the provision and delivery of adult social care in extra care housing in two local authorities in England, and focused on how providers and commissioners responded to changing needs among residents. In-depth interviews were conducted in four extra care schemes, one of which was a specialist dementia care provider. This workshop will examine how the schemes supported residents living with dementia, and will then discuss the response of commissioners to changes in care needs and to broader developments in the provision of housing and social care. The session will include selections from the new ECHO project YouTube films (part of the Housing LIN ‘Spotlight on Extra Care’ video series).

Speakers – Dr Robin Darton, University of Kent, Canterbury; & Dr Simon Evans, University of Worcester

08. Senior Living: How can we meet the aspirations of the new generation?

Proposed by Urban Edge Architecture

This question poses unique challenges and demands original thinking. We must take into account an individual’s independence, quality of life and care requirements, balanced against their personal finances and that of the public sector.

Should senior living, which meets the demands of age 65+ residents, be provided within our towns and cities as well as villages and rural locations? The social, cultural and intergenerational benefits that come with living in an urban environment should be enjoyed by all ages.

Is there an opportunity for the aged 65+ group to significantly contribute to the positive experience of life in the city? This is something that should prove a crucial design driver for architects and urbanists over the coming decades.

Speakers - Russell Gay, Director, Urban Edge Architecture & Sonia Parol, Associate Director, Urban Edge Architecture

09. Working together to resolve the Funding Challenge: housing, care and support for older people and vulnerable adults

Proposed by Funding Affordable Homes

The case for increasing the range of housing options for the bourgeoning UK population of older people is well-documented. The significant shortage of integrated housing with care options to meet the considerable demand of those in social need represents a major challenge for local authorities with budget constraints. Based on recent examples, the workshop demonstrates how social impact investing is delivering both high quality accommodation for older people and generating cost savings for central and local government.

Speakers - Tayo Bilewu, Business Development Executive, Funding Affordable Homes & John Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, Mears Group PLC & Jonny Wrigley, Managing Director, HB Villages


Headline Sponsors

  • EngieLogo
  • UrbanEdge

Associate Sponsors

  • ECCT New
  • FundingAffordableHomes
  • Tunstall Logo
  • Willmott Dixon