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EM Update: Health and housing event


In November, the East Midlands Board held a very successful event on the topic of health and housing in Kettering.

It was the best attended of the year with 56 delegates joining us, including 23 non-members. The topic was chosen in response to suggestions received at previous events.

This event took a practical look at partnerships and services developed in conjunction with health bodies. The four presentations featured examples of effective approaches used in the East Midlands and gave attendees innovative ideas to take back to their own organisations.

During the event, attendees heard four presentations:

Georgina West and Helen Hall, occupational therapists at Wellingborough Homes and South Northants Homes respectively, spoke about the increasing importance of the links between housing, social services and occupational therapists (download presentation)

Case studies of the health related projects operated by Trident Reach the People, including its award-winning Homeless Patient Pathway commissioned by a health body to support homeless individuals and minimise hospital admissions, presented by Caroline Berry, head of health and wellbeing (download presentation)

Angie Grimes, supported living team leader at Wellingborough Homes told attendees about the organisation’s plans for an avoidable admissions project and its Stepping Stones project, both of which receive funding from health bodies to prevent unnecessary admissions and nights in hospital. Angie also discussed the future of support services and the importance of links with local GPs (download presentation)

Finally, attendees heard about the challenges of dementia to housing and some practical ideas to meet these challenges, including becoming Dementia Friends, the Dementia Action Alliance, Rem Pods, partnering with Age UK, reducing the risk of falls through a footcare service, Music to Memories sessions and dementia specific telecare packages (download presentation)

Attendees were encouraged to tweet throughout the day – check out the Storify

The event rated very highly with attendees, with 100% of survey respondents (33) saying the event was either good or very good.

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