The Housing Coordinating Group, a cross sector housing group which has prompted recognition of the role of housing within legislation underpinning the integration of health and social care, has recently changed its name to Housing Partners for Health and Wellbeing. The Unit continues to contribute to the work of the group.
There have been a couple of recent developments to which the HSEU has been able to contribute:
- The Scottish Government recently launched statutory guidance about the way housing will be involved in the integration of health and social care. The Housing Advice Note sets out the way partnerships are expected to incorporate housing plans into their strategic planning in order to achieve the national health and wellbeing outcomes.
- A national portfolio of work designed to promote fewer days spent in hospital has been set out in Living Well in Communities. The overall aim is to reduce the days spent in hospital by December 2017 by 200,000. Living Well in Communities acknowledges that the number of hospital beds in Scotland is relatively low and use of those beds (bed occupancy) is relatively high which makes it particularly challenging to reduce the number of beds. Various recommendations are made about improving the way frailty is dealt with as well as improving the links between housing, health and social care, and delayed discharge.
A free conference will take place on Wednesday 4th November in Edinburgh to help promote the links between housing and health outcomes: The Importance of Housing in delivering better Health Outcomes. Please register before 23rd October.