Current Projects

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. While some projects have been extended due to the pandemic, where known, we indicate when these projects are now due for completion.

'Technology for our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation' (TAPPI) - TAPPI 2: From Principles to Implementation

Following the successful publication of the 'Technology for our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation' (TAPPI) Inquiry report in October 2021, we are delighted to announce the launch of TAPPI Phase 2 funded by The Dunhill Medical Trust (DMT) and supported by the Housing LIN and TEC Services Association (TSA).

TAPPI Phase 2 will ensure that the evidence gathered by the Inquiry in Phase 1 is built upon and used to create widely accepted Framework which embeds the recommended TAPPI Principles within a transformational change programme. This will be achieved by developing and testing supportive guidance and tools in four live “locality testbeds”.

Collaborative housing and innovative practice in social care (CHIC) (opens new window)

This 30-month project (begun in March 2021) led by the University of Bristol, is funded by the National Institute of Healthcare Research – School for Social Care Research and aims to bring an insight into the potential of different forms of collaborative housing in relation to social care needs in later life. It should prove of value to those planning, designing and commissioning decisions at the interface of housing and care, as well as wider policy makers; to those current providers of housing and care aiming to improve practice in respect of resident participation in the design and management of schemes; and finally to inform practice around ageing among the very diverse and growing collaborative housing sector itself.

The Housing LIN is delighted to be part of the research team, drawing on our work on CollaborAGE. Other members include experts on housing, collaborative and community-led housing, sociology, social gerontology, social policy and social care.

Designing Homes for Healthy Cognitive Ageing: Co-Production for Impact and Scale (opens new window)

The University of Stirling have got the green light from the UK Research & Innovation healthy ageing challenge to research into designing homes for healthy cognitive Ageing: Co-Production for impact and scale (DesHCA). The Housing LIN is delighted to be one of the non-academic partners in this international research project to create future-proof housing to meet the needs of the world’s ageing population.

Led by Professor Alison Bowes, the project will bring together Scotland’s leading experts on dementia and dementia design, the building industry, architects, housing providers and people in the community. It is being supported by the royal charity Silviahemmet (also a member of the Housing LIN’s TAPPI Panel). Hot on the heels of the recent APPG housing and dementia report, it will work together to identify housing innovations that can better support people living with cognitive conditions, such as dementia, for longer.

Hackney Downsizers’ Project (opens new window)

This NIHR SSCR funded research project led by the Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield focuses on two rehousing programmes run by Hackney Council - Downsizing and Regeneration. It is interested in the experiences of older (aged 55+ years) social housing tenants of these programmes. The research aims to show how well the Downsizing and Regeneration programmes work for older social housing tenants, what improvements can be made and whether rehousing under these programmes leads to health and wellbeing benefits, and addresses inequalities. Due to report in May 2022.

INVITE: Promoting INclusive liVing vIa Technology-Enabled support (opens new window)

The Housing LIN is delighted to be a member of the Advisory Group of this research project being undertaken by the University of Stirling with Stonewater Housing Association, as referenced in the recent APPG Inquiry report, Housing for people with dementia: Are we ready?  Funded by the the Longleigh Foundation, the research will work with Stonewater’s retirement communities and their families in three localities of England – Eastbourne, Hereford and Nottingham, to investigate the success of assistive and everyday technologies in retirement living schemes and what further technologies might be required in the future. The interim project scoping report was published to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week 2021. The full findings are due in Summer 2022.

And you can find more about the project in this guest Housing LIN blog, Ageing Well with Assistive Technology.

IMPACT (Improving Adult Care Together)

The Housing LIN will be partnering with the University of Birmingham, as part of a broader consortium of key stakeholders from across the four nations of the UK, to develop a brand new Centre for adult social care, IMPACT (Improving Adult Care Together) which will aim to put evidence into practice to promote and maintain people’s independence and wellbeing.

IMPACT (Improving Adult Care Together) has received 6 years funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, and the Health Foundation, and will be the first Centre of its kind in the UK. The Housing LIN will be part of the  IMPACT consortium, working with a wide range of academic, policy and practice partners, carers and people with lived experience of using social care services to help develop and lead a programme of innovation and improvement. 

Supporting People Living with Dementia in Extra Care Housing (DemECH) (opens new window)

The Supporting People Living with Dementia in Extra Care Housing (DemECH) project is an 18-month study funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research and led by the University of Worcester which uses a mixed methods approach to explore how Extra Care Housing can help people to live well with dementia.

The Housing LIN is delighted to be a partner on the project, investigating the advantages and disadvantages of three different models:

  • separate area or unit for people living with dementia
  • an integrated approach by supporting people living with dementia alongside residents without dementia; and
  • schemes that are exclusive for people living with dementia.

The study findings will be shared in a Key Insight Booklet to guide future Extra Care Housing development alongside video and audio diaries sharing direct experience of people living with dementia and their experience of Extra Care Housing. These will be targeted at commissioners, health and social care practitioners, older people, people living with dementia, and their families.

For more about the DemECH Project, visit the project webpages on the University of Worcester’s Current Projects page here (opens new window).

Amar bari, amar jibon: My home, my life – developing living environments of Bangladeshi elders  (opens new window)

This is a pioneering 36-month long research project, funded by The Dunhill Medical Trust, that will explore diversity and inclusion in later life living environments and communities amongst Bangladeshi elders in East London.

Involving both local Bangladeshi communities and practitioners, the team led by The Open University and Bangla Housing Association, will together set out to hear their voice, communicate cultural preferences, and empower the community to have a greater say in local housing plans and strategies. The Housing LIN is pleased to support knowledge exchange and host the project’s microsite.

ALSO IN THE PIPELINE

The Housing LIN Consultancy (opens new window) team are also involved in a range projects with national, trade and professional bodies, local authorities, housing associations, charities and commercial partners. Where the funder grants permission, we will put our reports into the public domain so we can share the findings from our sector learning and improvement activities.

To view all the latest Housing LIN case studies, reports, blogs and viewpoints, best to visit our News webpage. And, 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 info@housinglin.org.uk

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