Homes and health: lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic and how to prepare for the future

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The importance of housing for delivering better outcomes for population health is being increasingly understood by health and care services. Throughout the pandemic, the benefit of a healthy home for a healthy life has become central to the nation’s fight against Covid-19. For most people, homes are no longer just a personal space but now serve as workplaces, socialising hubs and more, encapsulating all the functions of human life.

The King’s Fund organised a four-day conference, 21–24 February to explore, in-depth, how health care and housing are coming closer together and the implications of good quality housing (or lack of) for health outcomes across England.

Event topics

Some of the topics that attended explored included the:

  • evolving role of the private rented sector and what it means for health outcomes
  • role that integrated care systems (ICSs) can play in bringing housing and health services closer together
  • links between achieving mental health wellbeing and recovering from mental ill-health and appropriate housing
  • role of local government and the voluntary sector in supporting health to consider housing as part of a patient’s treatment
  • leadership required to build meaningful partnerships between housing and health care staff
  • importance of housing in the effort to tackle health inequalities. 

Sponsorship and exhibition

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Professor Durka Dougall

Senior Consultant and Programme Director, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund

Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham

Mayor of Greater Manchester


Professor Sir Michael Marmot

Director, Institute of Health Equity, UCL Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

Louise Gittins

Cllr Louise Gittins

Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Member of the Local Government’s Association Community Wellbeing Board


Gill Leng

Health and homelessness adviser, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, Department of Health and Social

Simon Nicol

Group Director, Building Research Establishment

Olivia Butterworth

Olivia Butterworth

Head of Public Participation, NHS England, NHS Improvement


Samira Ben Omar

Community Organiser, Co-founder of Community Voices: Conversations for Change


Chris Naylor

Senior Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund

Sridevi Kalidindi CBE

Dr Sridevi Kalidindi CBE

National Clinical Lead, Getting It Right First Time, Mental Health Rehabilitation, NHS England, and Improvement

Joanne Vaughan

Programme Support Manager, Healthy Places Team, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, Department of Health and Social Care

Leigh Pearce

Chief Executive, Nationwide Foundation

Richard Turkington

Dr Richard Turkington

Director, Housing Vision

Melanie Brooks

Corporate Director, Adult Social Care and Health, Nottinghamshire County Council

Ellie McNeil

Ellie McNeil

Chief Executive Officer, YMCA Together


Jeremy Porteus

Chief Executive, Housing LIN

Sue Adams

Sue Adams OBE

Chief Executive, Care and Repair England.

Andrew van Doorn

Chief Executive, HACT and Non-Executive Director, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

Connie Jennings

Head of Health and Wellbeing,whg

Kate Shone

Managing Director, Torus Foundation

Steven Platts

Chief Executive, Groundswell

Michael Chang

Programme Manager-Planning and Health (Healthy Places), Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, Department of Health and Social Care

Lucy Potter

Dr Lucy Potter

GP, NHIR in Practice Fellow, University of Bristol

Sheni Ravji-Smith

Head of System OD, Leadership & Wellbeing Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership


Simon Bottery

Senior Policy Fellow, Social Care, The King’s Fund

Mark Trewin

Mark Trewin

Head of Alliance Building, Community Mental Health Unit, Rethink Mental Illness

Jane McDermott

Jane McDermott

Healthy Ageing Research Group, University of Manchester

Jack Gould

Jack Gould

Dementia United, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Alex Fox

Chief Executive, Mayday Trust

James Pollitt

Assistant Director of Strategic Development Sandwell West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Jean Templeton

Chief Executive, St Basils

Dr Jennifer Harris

Senior Research Associate, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

Contact details

Booking enquiries

If you’d like to make a booking enquiry, please email Anna Viralainen at

Programme enquiries

If you have any queries relating to this event programme please email us at

Sponsorship and exhibition enquiries

Please email Kieran Cornwell at