Homes and health: how housing and the NHS can work together

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Public Health England
Event partner

Health and care services are becoming  increasingly aware of the crucial role housing plays in delivering better outcomes for population health. The King’s Fund and Public Health England are co-hosting a conference in Manchester on 26 September to explore in depth ways in which health care and housing can come closer together.

Join us and learn how the homes we live in shape our health and why consideration of housing is an indicator of a system taking public health seriously. In this event, we are going to examine practice examples that work well and the evidence to prove their suitability for wider adoption. You will also hear about the latest policy developments for housing and health and how a more collaborative approach is currently being built to ensure real integration in practice.

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Group discounts available - find out more


Topics include: 

  • the links between mental health, wellbeing and appropriate housing
  • the evolving role of the private rented sector, with 1 in 5 children living in rented accommodation, and its impact on health
  • the importance of diversifying the existing housing offer in any locality
  • the benefits to the population when health concerns are embedded from day one of planning for new homes  
  • why we should consider different types of home to meet people’s needs as they evolve throughout their life 
  • the role of local government and the voluntary sector in supporting the health sector to consider housing as part of a patient’s treatment.  

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Sponsorship and exhibition

Engage with leaders and decision-makers from across the health and care sector by sponsoring or exhibiting at this event. To find out more, please email Danielle Roche or call her on 020 7307 2482 to discuss the opportunities available. 






Registration opens, exhibition and networking


Session one: opening plenary

10.00amWelcome and introduction

10.10amThe role of housing in aligning health and social care systems

Keynote speaker to be announced soon
Keynote speech

10.25amHousing and health, the promise and the challenge

  • Learn how health, care and housing need to come together to deliver population health.
  • Hear about the long-term plan’s provisions and how they will be delivered on the ground.
  • Understand the role of local government in tackling the housing crisis and supporting population health.

Professor Martin Vernon, National Clinical Director for Older People and Person Centred Integrated Care, NHS England
Paul Dennett, Mayor of Salford, Executive Member for Housing, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

More speakers to be announced soon.

Panel discussion


Breakout A: Partnerships to improve people’s homes and health

11.45amWelcome and introduction

11.50amHospital to Home Project: rehousing and support in Nottingham

  • Hear how partnerships to find people suitable homes speed up a patient’s discharge from hospital.
  • Learn how to deliver both cost avoidance and significant patient benefits.

Richard Holland, NCH Assistant Director Housing Operations, Nottingham City Homes 
Gill Moy, Director of Housing and Customer Services, Nottingham City Homes 

12.10pmJoining up health care, social care, housing, employment and education: the Plymouth paradigm

Speaker to be announced soon
  • Understand Plymouth’s strategy of pooling resources to get better outcomes for citizens
  • Learn about Plymouth’s journey towards facing and overcoming barriers

Breakout B: The evolving role of the private rented sector

11.45amWelcome and introduction

11.50amTenure as an increasingly important health component

Julie Rugg, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York
  • With private renting now accommodating 2.4 million households in England, hear why it is important to understand the health implications of renting.
  • Learn about the distinctive characteristics of the private rented sector and the impact on mental health outcomes from non-decent housing and housing insecurity.

Breakout C: Health and housing integration from planning stage

11.45amWelcome and introduction

In this session we are going to showcase the learning and innovation from the NHS Healthy New Towns Programme.

  • Hear how the NHS works with 10 housing developments across England to shape the health of communities and to rethink how health and care services can be integrated. 
  • Understand how Healthy New Towns unites public health, NHS providers and commissioners, planning and housing development to plan and build healthier places.
  • Hear from people running the demonstrator sites across the country, who share practical learning and valuable insights about bringing housing and health together, from the planning stage.

Speakers to be announced soon.


Breakout D: Older age and housing

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

2.05pmThe fight against social isolation starts at home

  • Hear how the community, in partnership with the third sector, can learn the language of health to improve older people’s mental and physical wellbeing.
  • The role of social prescribing in tackling health inequalities for older people in critical need of preventive services.

Naomi Phillips, Director of Policy and Advocacy, The British Red Cross 
Juliann Hall, Health and Wellbeing Director, South Yorkshire Housing Association and National Executive Member, New NHS Alliance

2.25pmDischarge to assess: the long-term plan for out-of-hospital care

Kathryn Evans, Head of Planning Delivery, Hospital to Home Programme, NHS England 
  • Understand the practical benefits of getting people straight home and providing care in their home rather than keeping them in hospital 
  • Gain insights from this evidence-tested pilot on how to reduce bed costs and long length of stay instead of ending up in a care home with an expensive care package.

Breakout E: Bringing mental health closer to home

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

2.05pmHousing and rehabilitation in recovery from mental illness

  • Learn why supported housing is the crucial interim step to recovery from mental ill health.
  • Understand why joining up health and housing services is not optional in tackling mental health issues and why lack of integration fails the most vulnerable.

Dr Sridevi Kalidindi, Consultant Psychiatrist in Rehabilitation and Recovery, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and National Clinical Lead, Get It Right First Time, Mental Health Rehabilitation 

Breakout F: Repair and adaptation of current homes to improve health

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

2.05pmExamples of local action in practice: Housing LIN (Learning and Improvement Network) in Greater Manchester

Ian Copeman, Principal Housing Assistant, Housing LIN
  • Learn from a range of practical examples about how to achieve a more varied housing offer in any locality.
  • Hear from best practice examples on how to secure homes that are accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

2.20pmDisrepair in the North of England: the direct impact on health

Janette Linacre, Executive Director, Manchester Care and Repair
  • Learn how disrepair affects the occupants of poor housing, further compounding disadvantage and health inequalities.
  • Benefit from the solutions local pioneers offer through practical housing interventions and adaptations to current homes.


Session four: closing plenary

3.20pmWelcome back

3.25pmInternational example

Speaker to be announced soon

3.45pmMaking change happen

Discussion facilitator: David Buck, Senior Fellow (Health Inequalities), The King’s Fund
  • What if an STP were more proactive on housing and organisations with housing responsibilities were more proactive on health
  • How can we ensure that plans are not only short-term oriented?
  • Why should elected councillors be interested in health? 

In this panel discussion, which will close the day, leaders from different parts of the health, care and housing systems will contemplate a different future. 

Terrie Alafat, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing
Gill Leng, Health and Homelessness Adviser, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 
Jeremy Porteus, Chief Executive, Housing LIN
Sue Adams, Chief Executive, Care and Repair 
Merron Simpson, Chief Executive, New NHS Alliance, PHE contribution 
Cllr Linda Thomas, Leader of Boston Council, LGA Member, City Region Board

Panel discussion


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Please note, discounts will not be automatically applied to your booking. Please email us for the relevant promotional code or call Annie on 020 7307 2409.

Group discounts

10 per cent discount for 3-4 people.
15 per cent discount for 5-6 people.
20 per cent discount for 7 or more people.

Student discounts

Receive 50 per cent off if you're a student in full-time education. 

Bursaries for patients and carers

We offer a limited number of bursary (free) places for our conferences. These are reserved for patients and carers. To apply for a bursary for this event, please send us an email.

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