A networked approach to multi-disciplinary skills and learning is required in an emerging integrated health and social care landscape.
Housing has a role to play in this but is often overlooked as health and social care economies largely focus on clinical performance and transforming their systems to deliver improvements in service delivery against a backdrop of increasing demand and reduced expenditure. This presents major challenges to health and social care managers. However, more creative leadership and service innovation is needed across the housing, health and social care sectors to help meet increasingly shared service objectives and outcomes that support 'care closer to home'. Its therefore time to take a closer look at the types of "pioneering" partnerships with housing that can deliver the changes in health and community services and the organisational and professional capabilities that can help achieve these, including training and workforce development.