Care homes, housing, health and social care

The King's Fund and My Home Life have created a unique partnership to provide a learning network for care home providers, commissioners and local NHS partners. The network will support collaboration and partnership-working within six localities and will create a critical learning and development space for anyone working at the interface with home care.

About the learning network

Care home residents have some of the most complex health and care needs in our society. They still face gaps or discrimination in access to high-quality health care including end-of-life support and support for long-term physical and mental health conditions.

Providing more integrated services outside hospital could reduce the number of hospital admissions for this group of people. At the same time, care homes are people’s homes – and residents should retain control over their lives, have access to support, and participate in decisions about their care in the same way as they would if they had remained in their previous homes.

Who is it for?

This network is for you if you work at the interface between care homes, housing, health and social care; if you are frustrated at the disconnects in our care for older people and fed up seeing them passed round the system; if you are excited about the possibilities for fresh approaches and new models which put care homes at the heart of our systems of care.

What will you do

Six localities are invited to join a learning network which will offer four one-day meetings, starting in November 2016. Each locality can bring four partners from across health, home care, housing and social care perspectives to the network meetings.

Module one: Joining up the dots… care homes, the NHS, local government and communities

In this opening module we will set out the changing policy context and explore how a more joined-up approach locally can become a reality.

Module two: Care homes and hospitals

In this module we will look at the interface between secondary care and care homes, including end-of-life care, discharge and admissions, and advanced care at home.

Module three: Care homes, primary and community care

In this module we will look at the role of local government, GPs, and community providers such as pharmacists.

Module four: The future of care

In this final module we will look at emerging new models of care, the role of families and communities, and risk and regulation.

How will you benefit from this network

There are unprecedented funding and workforce pressures across the whole health and social care sector. Yet services continue to be disjointed and focused more on providers than people; we now have a real imperative, as well as an opportunity, to improve collaborative working at the interface with care homes.

Why this matters

For care home managers

Care home managers have a critical role and perspective to shape whole-systems thinking and planning. This is your opportunity to influence and be heard.

For housing professionals

Housing has often been overlooked in the ‘integration agenda’ and yet the relationship between housing, health and social care has a huge impact on people living in supported or registered housing. This is your chance to understand the perspectives of colleagues in health and social care and bring your perspective to the change agenda.

For local authorities and professionals working in multidisciplinary teams

Are you working under pressure to get older people the right care, in the right place, at the right time? To succeed you need the system to run smoothly and this is your opportunity to connect with others involved in care and support of older people and see how they can support you.

For health professionals

The NHS needs colleagues from housing and social care to help ease the myriad demands and relieve the pressures on hospital beds. The NHS five year forward view requires health professionals to see the potential of housing and care homes and this programme will provide an opportunity to explore new approaches and consider what these could mean for you.