HLINks: Keep up-to-date with sector news, including on COVID-19, new Housing LIN blog and much more

Networking, the new normal

"Professionals with better skills, better resources and an increased network are expected to be the ones who will more easily manage to transform the negative effects of the pandemic into new opportunities."
The Gulbenkian Foundation

In a short space of time, COVID-19 has transformed our individual and collective working and non-working lives. The Housing LIN and the information and advice we provide to aid your learning and improvement is essential for your post COVID-19 planning in these unprecedented times. To talk through how we can support your organisation operational and/or strategic plans, as outlined below.

Housing LIN Services

Did you know the Housing LIN has been working to support local authorities and their partners with the planning and delivery of a wider range of high quality housing for older and disabled people? For example, we have worked with the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership and the Local Government Association to develop a resource pack that is a tool to promote innovation, best practice and improve commissioners’ understanding of workable models of housing with care. The case study is published by the LGA’s care and health improvement programme. 

HLIN Hands

The Housing LIN prides itself being the ‘go to’ network for everyone working across the housing, health and social care sectors. Our market insight and networked intelligence underpin our business services to ensure that our clients are at the forefront of contemporary practice. Contact us for support at: consultancy@housinglin.org.uk

Dying Matters Awareness Week

Dying Matters Week 2020

This week was Dying Matters Awareness. To coincide we featured our top tips COVID-19 practice briefings on End of Life Care (No2) and Bereavement (No4). These can be found on our Coronavirus Info Hub

We also promoted our dedicated topic page on End of Life Care

New Housing LIN Products

This week, we published two new blogs:

Coronavirus: Opening doors in a different way

Stuart Wright_Blog

In this blog - originally published by Brunelcare on 17th April 2020 - Stuart Wright, Dementia Care Lead, Brunelcare discusses human rights amid the Coronavirus.

Face time counts: Building virtual communities

Blog Suzanne Noble

In this new guest blog for the Housing LIN, Suzanne Noble of Silver Sharers, discusses her experience of setting up a virtual community.

Coronavirus Update

On Monday 11th May the government issued its COVID-19 recovery plan – Our Plan to Rebuild – setting out more detail following Boris Johnson’s address to the nation on Sunday.

A selection of latest government advice guidelines and plans that are relevant for our sector include:

In addition, the Regulator of Social Housing has published results of their survey of registered providers to review how they are coping with the impact of COVID-19.

And remember you can check out all key documents by housing, health and social care on our Coronavirus Info Hub as well as all our practice briefings and signposting to other useful information and websites.

Specific advice guidelines in Scotland and Wales can be found in the relevant sections further down.

Other News from the Sector

Housing, Community, Disability, and Ageing

Opinion pieces and blogs:


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Design and Technology

Opinion pieces and blogs:

Health and care

Opinion pieces and blogs:

Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

And remember, next week is Mental Health Awareness Week. More about what we are doing further below.

Learning Disabilities


Opinion pieces and blogs:


Planning tracker

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Older People’s Care Development – Local Development Plan Monitoring

In association with Tetlow King Planning, this document monitors current local authority planning consultations.


The Welsh government have said that restrictions on moving homes during the Coronavirus crisis will remain in place despite the English housing market being reopened by housing secretary Robert Jenrick.

Welsh government guidance on COVID-19 can be found at: https://gov.wales/coronavirus


The Scottish government have said that restrictions on moving homes during the coronavirus crisis will remain in place despite the English housing market being reopened by housing secretary Robert Jenrick.

Scottish government guidance on COVID-19 can be found at https://www.gov.scot/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance/

Latest government advice guidelines that are relevant for our sector:

Other news include:

Call for info

In response to discussion with our members and to support the sector we have posted three new threads on our discussion forum. These are designed to share learning and intelligence from organisations that are providing:

We will collate and analyse the responses to these discussion threads - alongside our wider intelligence - to inform future briefings for our members and to feed into discussions with Government officials.

We recognise that housing and care provider colleagues are very busy, however, we hope that you are able to share some elements of your current practice and concerns through our discussion forum by Friday, 29th May.

Forthcoming Events

Housing LIN Events

In light of the coronavirus outbreak we have cancelled all our upcoming regional meetings and training courses until further notice. We are currently exploring how to hold these events online, so watch this space!

Supported by the Housing LIN

Online Trusted Assessor course now available from the DLF

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DLF has created an online version of its popular Trusted Assessor course Trusted Assessor: Assessing for Minor Adaptations in response to the Covid-19 situation. Designed to enable and accredit learners to be able to assess for fast hospital patient discharge, changes in people's needs at home and service users waiting for OT assessments this is our practical response. The course uses a variety of online media including webinars with DLF Trainers.

To find out more or request a leaflet email training@dlf.org.uk or phone 0207 289 6111

Next week

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

And next week is Mental Health Awareness Week. To celebrate we are delighted that the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) are now associated with our online mental health resources so we can jointly raise the profile of the issues with the housing sector.

And to coincide with the week, we have three guest Housing LIN blogs coming out. The first is by Guinness Partnership's Director of Health and Safety, Liz Skeleton; the second by the Housing LIN's co-dementia lead Katey Twyford; and we conclude with MHF's Jolie Goodman.

The Housing LIN would like to thank Willmott Dixon for their support in producing this newsletter.

Stay well, stay connected and be safe!