A memorandum of understanding to promote health through the home

A Memorandum of Understanding has been agreed by a broad range of health, housing and social care agencies to support joint action on improving health through working more closely with the housing sector. See MOU-health-and-housing-final-Dec-14

It has been signed by Care & Repair England as well other housing agencies such as the Chartered Institute of Housing and the National Housing Federation, and also by NHS England and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

It identifies a 20 point action plan to improve the links between housing and health. The document has 5 main aims to

• Establish and support national and local dialogue, information exchange and decision-making across government, health, social care and housing sectors
• Coordinate health, social care, and housing policy;
• Enable improved collaboration and integration of healthcare and housing in the planning, commissioning and delivery of homes and services;
• Promote the housing sector contribution to: addressing the wider determinants of health; health equity; improvements to patient experience and
• Develop the workforce across sectors so that they are confident and skilled in understanding the relationship between where people live and their health and wellbeing and are able to identify suitable solutions to improve outcomes

It notes that good quality housing can ‘delay and reduce the need for [health] interventions’ and ‘prevent hospital admissions, enable timely discharge from hospital and prevent readmissions’.

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