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Memorandum on improving health and care through the home published

Organisations including Royal College of Occupational Therapists sign up to shared commitment to improve health and care through the home

Published on 31st March 2018

A shared commitment to joint action across government, health, social care and housing sectors in improving health and care through the home in England has been agreed by over 25 government bodies and organisations.

The Memorandum of Understanding: Improving health and care through the home has been refreshed and published, recognising that the right home environment is the cornerstone of a healthy life. Indeed, it says ‘housing affects our wellbeing, risk of disease and demands on health and care services. We need warm, safe and secure homes to help us to lead healthy, independent lives and to recover from illness’.

Julia Skelton, Director of Professional Operations at RCOT said: “The Royal College of Occupational Therapists is delighted to be a signatory on this important document alongside some of the most prominent health and social care organisations in this country.  Access to quality, healthy housing remains a deep societal challenge to the health and wellbeing of our communities. Therefore it is vital that government, health and social care and housing sectors work hard to address the inequalities brought about by poor access to housing.”

A well as the shared commitment, the MoU sets out:

  • Principles for joint working for better health and wellbeing outcomes, and to reduce health inequalities
  • A framework for national and local cross-sector partnerships to provide healthy homes, communities and neighbourhoods
  • Conditions for developing integrated and effective services to meet the needs of individuals, carers and families with a range of local stakeholders
  • What shared success might look like.

The MoU outlines that indicators of success include better strategic planning, better understanding of the preventative role of housing, greater collaborative care, better use of resources, improved signposting, more shared learning and wider sector engagement.

The partners to the MoU will nominate a senior representative to meet quarterly. This will be arranged through the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services Housing Policy Network. The network will review progress annually and agree if changes are required to the MoU or the accompanying success indicators.

The Signatories will continue to monitor contribution to these indicators of success and will work towards developing a process for reporting on this. They will also track progress across the wider housing, health and care systems and support the aims of the Memorandum of Understanding by regularly attending the meetings of the Memorandum of Understanding Signatories, disseminating best practice and championing co-production with experts by experience.

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