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The government’s 2021 Reform White Paper, Putting People at the Heart of Care, shared a very strong message about housing. It stated that "every decision about care is a decision about housing" and set aside funding to support local councils and their partners to transform the way they strategically plan and can meet the future housing and care needs of their local populations. 

This session unpacked the policy ambitions and also considered how we can reimagine what care will look like in the future, including contributions from policy lead at the Department of Health and Social Care who set out the government's transformation plans and how it seeks to improve the quality of housing, care and support. We also learned about the Archbishops' recent Commission report on Reimagining Care and considered how personalised care and support underpins specialist housing such as extra care and enables someone to live independently at home, including people with dementia.

Chaired by Paul Love, Group Director of Care and Support at The Guinness Partnership, we were joined by:

  • Debby Ounsted CBE, Director at Funding Affordable Homes and a Commissioner on the forthcoming Archbishops’ influential Commission report, ‘Reimagining Care: A National Covenant for England’.
  • Andrew van Doorn OBE, CEO at the Housing Association Charitable Trust (HACT), a non-executive director of a NHS Foundation Trust and formerly worked at the Department of Health.
  • Claire Astbury Head of Housing Strategy & Development, Luton Borough Council, will reflect last year’s ADASS East of England guide, Putting People at the heart of new housing development: Coproducing the place we call home
  • Teresa Atkinson, from the Association of Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester, will share the findings from the recently concluded NIHR SSCR funded DemECH project on dementia and extra care housing.

We are thankful to this session's sponsor, Guinness Partnership.

Event feedback:

  • Valuable insight, practice and first hand knowledge 
  • Excellent - great to hear about such positive integration and partnerships, truly delivering for residents and other individuals.
  • Very informative - So much useful (and more importantly practical) information