Housing Learning and Improvement Network

The Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN), formerly responsible for managing the Department of Health's (DH) Extra Care Housing capital programme, is the leading 'knowledge hub' for a growing network of housing, health and social care professionals in England involved in planning, commissioning, designing, funding, building and managing housing with care for older people.

Updated:
24 June 2017
Location:
National
Sectors:
Health, Care, Membership Organisations, Housing Sector

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

With a dedicated membership of around 5,600 organisations and individuals from a range of sectors and disciplines across housing, social and health care, and a database of 46,000 people in receipt of our regular newsletters, the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) is a leading ‘knowledge hub’ for promoting and supporting good practice in housing with care for older people, including raising awareness on home environments and neighbourhoods that support people to live well with dementia.

Previously responsible for administering the DH's £227m Extra Care Housing Fund, we will also be working closely with government and industry to cascade the learning from the Department of Health’s £300 million Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund to enhance housing choices for older and vulnerable people, including specific guidance on housing for people with dementia.

As recognised in the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia report on progress, we have built up one of the most comprehensive websites on innovative practice in housing and care/support for people with dementia in the UK at: www.housinglin.org.uk/Topics/browse/HousingandDementia/.

We are well networked in the specialist housing sector and involve ourselves in forums and partnerships to raise the profile of extra care housing – both as an environment and a resource – for supporting those with dementia and their carers achieve the Declaration outcomes.  For example, we are represented on the Prime Minister’s Health and Social Care Champion’s Group. In addition, we are founding members and active participants of the Housing and Dementia Research Consortium and the Housing & Ageing Alliance, and contribute to the National Housing Federation housing and dementia working group.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The biggest challenge is delivering effective integrated care by maximising the contribution of the housing sector and overcoming silo thinking and planning at a macro and micro level within health and social care economies. The Housing LIN, in partnership with ADASS has published a Resource Pack, ‘Strategic Housing for Older People: Planning, designing and delivering housing that older people want’ to encourage local authorities and their partners develop Market Position Statements (MPSs).

Our MPS work supporting local commissioners, planners and developers helps:

Raise awareness on the needs and aspirations of older people Identify and forecast the demand and supply for specialist housing, and Provide local commissioners with the skills and competence to procure new and innovative housing for people, including for people with dementia.

Member contacts

www.housinglin.org.uk/

2. Actions

  • Influence housing policy and funding mechanisms

    Influence housing policy and funding mechanisms that support dementia-friendly communities and attract inward investment and development.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Contributed to the consultation on the Welsh dementia strategy in order to ensure that housing was included

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    Contributed to an article in Inside Housing about the importance of effective training to skill up the housing workforce in identifying and working with people who live with dementia

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    Developed an audit tool for Public Health England and LA health and social care commissioners on dementia and housing, with a view to ensuring commissioners recognise housing-related needs and solutions in their decision-making.

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Contributed to Publich Health consultation on housing and dementia with a view to influencing policy. Reminded DH of MOU which commits the housing sector to certain dementia-related actions for inclusion in their flsehing out of the Prime Minister's 2020 Vision.

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    Have responded to NICE consultation on the scope of the Dementia Guideline (August) and also the Lottery survey on supporting people with dementia (July)

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    See also Deprivation of liberty action. Have taken a range of steps to improve understanding of deprivation of liberty in housing settings amongst housing provider and participate in the Law Commission consultation on future deprivation of liberty policy, including organising two events with the Law Commission in partnership with Sitra, NHF, Arco and H&C 21 targeting housing providers

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Contributed to Prime Minster's challenge 2020 vision

    Contributed to Technology charter with Tunstall

    Contributed to the UKHCA Home Care and dementia project

    Contributed to Public Health England dementia document

    Contribute to the Dementia and Housing Working Group - see partnership working

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    Contributed to the PM Challenge on Dementia Champions Group and put the spotlight on dementia-friendly communities in their letter to the PM and progress report. See http://dementiachallenge.dh.gov.uk/2014/05/07/champion-groups-letter/

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    Submitted evidence to the dementia and workforce APPG  on the need to skill up the housing workforce in dementia.

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    Contributed to one-year review for Dementia State of the Nation report.

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    Contributed to Prime Minister's Champion Group on health and careContributed to NHF-led Housing and dementia working group which aims to influence policy and practice.

  • Helping to improve practice

    Helping to improve practice by developing or contributing to the development of tools for use in housing settings

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    Recorded an interview on improving dementia practice in the housing sector for Abbeyfield's Great Minds programme for Dementia Awareness week. Added Professor Surr's findings on skilling the workforce to the Housing LIN website,

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Contributed to the adaptation of two tools for use in housing settings by commenting, suggesting housing provider contacts and introducing those developing the tools to housing providers. The tools concerned were DEaR-GP and Measuring outcomes in dementia services

  • Produce case studies and reports

    Produce cutting-edge case studies and reports that highlight innovative approaches in housing for people with dementia. 

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Published report on research project into extra care housing for people with dementia, "Individuals with dementia living in ECH: an initial exploration of the practicalities and possibilities" by Katey Twyford and a Viewpoint, "Personalisation and growing old well with dementia" by John Colquhoun.

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    Published case study: End of Life Care for People with dementia in care homes in Walsall

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    In addition to including relevant reports on the website not commissioned by the Housing LIN (See website action), Housing LIN case study 86, Putting dementia into the heart of Extra Care Housing in Wales, was published in May. Also co-commissioned with the National Housing Federation a legal briefing from Clarke Willmott solicitors on deprivation of liberty in housing - published in June.

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    See website action. Included a range of resports published by other organisations.

    Published a viewpoint and a range of other material on deprivation of liberty in housing settings to raise awareness in the sector.

    Published a case study on Beeches Manor, Wokingham a dementia specific housing with care scheme

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    Published case study "Putting dementia into the heart of Extra Care Housing in Wales: Case study from Mold

    Supported publication of "Making a Start: Dementia - Skilling the deneral needs housing workforce", a report and resource pack for the housing sector.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    Published a case study on Flowers House, a specialist dementia housing with care scheme in Bletchley.

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    Published or co-published a number of reports, case studies and other learning material including:

    Joint with NHF and Stirling: Dementia: Finding Housing SolutionsSynopsis of the Debenham Project Brookside Retirement village: Taking extra care with dementia friendly designFacing the future with dementia: designing buildings that will be adaptableBreaking new ground: quest for dementia-friendly communities and checklist.

  • Website to be 'centre of online excellence'

    Maintain our website as a ‘centre of online excellence’ on housing for people with dementia. 

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Added a range of dementia related resources to the website including: Beyond the Front Door report; Promoting less restrictive practice; handbook on MCA for carers; Housing's role in Dementia Pathways; Co-produced design for dementia guide; Truth and Lying in Dementia; BIHR practitioner guides; Dementia-friendly housing charter; Law Commission's report and draft bill on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Added a wide range of resources to the website in addition to the various resources mentioned in other action points, including: Fix dementia care home care; RIPFAEnablement in dementia practice tool; NHS England The Importance of a dementia friendly community; LGBT and dementia blog; Our dementia, our rights; links to Dementia connect and Nesta

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    During this period added at least 10 diverse dementia-related resources to the website including: Assessment tool for local commissioners (814 user ratings); Skills for Care Dementia and Diversity Guide and Core skills framework; BSI code of practice for recognition of dementia-friendly communities; two JRF publications including on becoming a dementia-friendly organisation; Home care associations Dementia and Homecare; Guinness'report on becoming a DF organisation; and Law Commission's Interim Statement on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty. When we add new resources to our website we also draw attention to them in our weekly newsletter LINks and the rolling update.http://www.housinglin.org.uk/News/Latest/

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    Added a range of new documents to the website including PHE dementia profile and PM's 202 challenge on dementia implementation plan

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Added at least half-a-dozen new resources about dementia to our website including a HACT NHF document entitled Transforming Care Pathways for people with dementia: Linking Housing, Health and Social Care

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    During this quarter we updated the legislation pages, dividing them between the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty and added considerable content, both general and housing-related specifically.

    Produced a proforma for housing providers to use when assessing applicants mental capacity to undertand and sign a tenancy agreement.

    Added a number of resources to the website including: Best practice in social care and support for adults with concurrent sight loss and dementia in housing settings (Univ of York, NIHR); Guinness/IPC on Becoming a dementia-friendly organisation; Innovations in Dementia's How to make building easier for people with dementia; Peer support for people with dementia resource pack (Health Innovation network, AS and Innovations in dementia0)

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    Added peer support resource pack for people with dementia to website

    Updated legislation pages on MCA and deprivation of liberty

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Added a wide range of dementia-related material to our website including: video, Finding Patience; Our dementia, Our Rights; links to Dementia Connect and Nesta;Fix dementia care Home care;RiPFa Enablement in dementia practice tool; NHS The Importance of a Dementia Friendly community video; plus the report mentioned in Action 2

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Added much material of relevance to housing and dementia including: A North East perspective; Alz Soc Dementia 2014 Opportunity for Change; Alz Soc Dementia UK 2nd edition; JRF How can positive risk-taking help build dementia-friendly communities; King's Fund enhancing and healing environment toolkit "Is you housing dementia-friendly"; Thos Pocklington Trust Research Breifing no:42 Good practice in the design of homes and living paces for people living with dementia and sight loss; Quality of Life Charitable Trust research report.

    Started hosting the Housing and safeguarding adults dementia alliance web-page

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    Added a number of new resources: Mold case study; Making a Start report and resource pack; letter from Dementia Cllenge groups;

    Encouraged members to be come dementia friends.

    Added the DAA free webinars and a synopsis of the May quarterly meeting to the dedication Housing LIN's DAA webpage

    Introduced a new safeguarding webpage hosting the newly formed Housing and Safeguarding Adults Alliance

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    Added new resources to the website including: State of the Nation report; Orbit Charitable Trust report targeted at small housing associations encouraging them to become dementia-friendly; North-east dementia-friendly communities resource guide; Anchor's guide to supporting a loved on with dementia; link to updated SCIE Gateway; Flowers House case study.

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Added new resources to our website including: more personal stories in our Personal Stories category; Report on self-help groups from MHF; Improving the design of housing to assist people with dementia; Gloucestershire's Living well handbook.

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    Added new resources to our website including: Provision for people with dementia in Housing with care; Landscape design for dementia care; Building dementia-friendly communities, a priority for everyone.

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In addition to the material mentioned in the previous section, we have added relevant resources published by others to keep our members informed. These include, for example:

    Prime Minister's Challenge: Report on progressSunderland City Council's Design enabling independenceDementia care green handbookDementia capable communitiesFoundations of dementia-friendly communities in the north-eastNICE quality standardsHousing, dementia and the maintenance of independenceWe've also included a "Personal Stories" category on our dementia pages.

  • Bi-monthly newsletter to include dementia related items

    Include dementia-related items in our bi-monthly newsletter and/or weekly updates. 

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Most of the resources added to the website were also included in the weekly news updates and the upcoming quarterly newsletter

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In addition to including all of the resources mentioned in other actions in either the weekly updates &/or quarterly newsletters, we publicised the citizen's engagement project.

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    In the April newsletter, we covered the Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge 2020 Implementation plan, a report on working together in the Midlands to tackle mental health issues and dementia and the presentations from the March DAA quarterly meeting.

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    Various dementia-related topics in the February newsletter including a link to the lessons for housing providers of two recent serious case reviews, JRF's work on dementia-friendly communities and outreach with the deaf community, South Norfolk's early intervention service for people with dementia etc

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Included specifc section on housing and dementia in Autmn newsletter and also on the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty in housing settings

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    All the dementia-related resources on the website have been mentioned in the quarterly newsletter and or the weekly newsletter. So has the Dementia Words Matter campaign, the synopsis of the DAA quarterly meeting, relevant events etc.

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    Reported on Prime Misnisters challenge 20/20, APPG manifesto and Still Alce movie in March edition

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Newsletters featured many of the publications mentioned above.

    They also:

    sought examples of examples and experiences in relation to deprivation of liberty in housing settings

    Reported on the HDRC moving to the ADS Worcester University

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    Newsletter mentioned all the reports and case studies mention in reports action above, and publicised them further via separate e-mails

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    Included dementia-related items in the newsletter, including the new DAA page on our website which links directly to the DAA website, and provides a synopsis of topics covered at DAA events with links to presentations and webinars.

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Drew attention to various dementia publications apart from those mentioned above including: Dementia does not discriminate; Journey of caring; DEEP guides and website. In December publicised the Carers' Call to action.

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In addition to mentioning the new resources added to the website, each newsletter has included a wide range of dementia-related topics: new items, etc, including: Debenham project at a glance; Successful bidders for the Dementia-friendly environments programme; the findings of the Orbit Charitable Trust's reseach into dementia strategieis amongst small housing associations; report on the work of the Life Story Network with housing providers; the Housing Call to Action in September, encouraging housing sector organisations to join the nation, or a local, DAA; Alzheimers' Society Dementia Guide; Gadgets to assist the elderly with dementia.

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    Most of the new resources listed above have been mentioned in the February or March newlstter. Also mentioned were:

    Alzheimers' Soc report: Low expectationsThe LIN's newly developed housing and dementia leaflet "In Focus"Yorks and Humber DAA: Housing, dementia and the maintenance of independenceA housing and dementia event in London on the 4th Marchofficial opening of Saffron Gardens, Brunelcare’s £7m new Centre of Excellence for Dementia Care in Whitehall, Bristol.the opening of Naughton Fields in the northwest of a HWC scheme by Fiona Phillips who is a patron of the Alzheimer’s SocietyNIHR research funding for 21 pioneering research projects to boost dementia diagnosis rates and trial ground-breaking preventative treatments that can help people with dementia live well with their conditionCall for dementia case studies on behalf of the HDRCProgress for providers checklist - Sanderson AssociatesReport on Healthcare Innovation Expo dementia village.

  • 'Learning lab' to provide support

    Help improve practice and provide support and sounding board to others on housing and dementia issues via our ‘learning lab’, a range of events, and various other means. 

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Contributed to two conferences; Feeling at Home - Housing and dementia; Healthy Places for people. The dementia-friendly housing charter was launched at the annual Housing LIN conference at the end of March, and there were a number of workshops specifically related to housing and dementia including one on the charter, one on the community Enriched Opportunities Outreach programme and one on design.

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    A variety of regional events which included sessions focusing on dementia: 8/11 interior design for dementia at East region meeting; 9/11 HDRC knowledge and learning exchange; 14/11 East Midland ECH and dementia research and Dementia, equity and rights; 29/11 SW annual conference designing for dementia - lessons from practice; 8/12 Belong villages

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    The annual Housing LIN conference, People Powered Change: A Festival of Ideas featured a number dementia-focused workshops

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    There were specif dementia-related sessions at three Housing LIN events during the period, at the East region meeting on design, at the West Midlands meeting on end of life care and dementia, and what housing associations can do to support people with dementia to live well at the South and South West annual conference. All these presentations are available on the Housing LIN website.

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    This quarter, as Housing LIN dementia lead, I have been to a range of conferences/events giving presentations on the Mental Capacity Act, deprivation of liberty and safeguarding - e.g. Cambs HIA and L&Q conference

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    Housing LIN annual conference in February attended by over 300 people had several dementia-related workshops

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Presentation on Mental Capacity Act at an adult safeguarding and housing conference

    Presentation on deprivation of liberty at regional Housing LIN event Both available here:http://www.housinglin.org.uk/Events/ArchivedEvents/ArchivedHousingEventDetail/?eventID=826

    Recent national Housing LIN conference featured a number of dementia-specific whorkshops. Presentations available http://www.housinglin.org.uk/Events/HLINAnnualConference2015/

    Dementia workshops at Northwest LIN meeting http://www.housinglin.org.uk/Events/ArchivedEvents/ArchivedHousingEventDetail/?eventID=823

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    West Midlands regional network meeting focusing on dementia. For programme and presentations visit

    http://www.housinglin.org.uk/Events/ArchivedEvents/ArchivedHousingEventDetail/?eventID=804

    Contributed to HDRC membership event on 1st May prioritising research topics in relation to accommodation and care for people with dementia

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    Annual Housing LIN conference attended by 300 people had a focus on dementia.

    South West Housing LIN GALF Health summit included workshops on dementia. 

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    A series of events including: East region Housing LIN network meeting with a focus on dementia; SWregion network meeting with a focus on dementia; supporte Dementia-friendly communities event in London in November.

    Currently working as part of the housing and dementia skilling sub-group on a piece of work to encourage and support general needs housing providers to ensure their workforce has appropriate skills to support people with dementia.

    Been working with Orbit Charitable Trust to improve practice amongst small housing providers.

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    Joint NHF Housing & Housing LIN conference on housing and dementia on 4th March 2013.

    Preparations being undertaken for London LIN event on dementia planned for 2nd July.

    Attended Housing and dementia working group meetings, Housing and Dementia research Consortium meetings, and DH organised dementia event in Cambridge.

    Visit to dementia-specialist scheme as pre-cursor to case study and possibly event slot.

    Attended Prime Minsieter's challenge meeting.

  • Work with DAA to convey key message to members

    Provide a channel to the Dementia Action Alliance for conveying key messages to our members and newsletter recipients.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    New DAA dementia statements highlighted in the weekly newsletter during Dementia Awareness Week

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Included DAA blog on website endouraging housing organisations to join the DAA

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    Acted as catylist to enable the DAA and Dementia and Housing Working Group to work more closely together by instigating an invitation to the DAA to attend a D&HWG meeting which they did in August. This led to a commitment to run a quarterly meeting focusing on housing issuess, and encouraging housing organisations to join the Alliance and commit to actions.

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    Wrote synopsis of March DAA meeting for Housing LIN website on our DAA page

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Continued to include synopsis of DAA events on special DAA webpage as part of Housing LIN dementia website. Also included webinars DAA offering.

    Provided suggestions for housing-related webinars and also suggested having a quarterly meeting with a housin-related theme.

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    Included a synopsis of May quarterly meeting and the DAA free webinars on the Housing LIN website

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    Have added the new DAA page on our website which links directly to the DAA website, and provides a synopsis of topics covered at DAA events with links to presentations and webinars.

    Have also been working with the Housing and Dementia Working Group "Skilling the workforce" sub-group to publish a report encouraging general needs housing providers to ensure their staff have the necessary awareness and skills to optimally support customers/residents with dementia, and also provide a resource pack to help them along the way. Likely to be published next quarter. 

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We are planning to add an additional page to our dementia website, specifically about the Dementia Action Alliance so that we can draw attention to the messages and learning from the DAA meetings.

    Housing call to action appears to have helped in the growth of housing organisations who are promoting dementia awareness in own organisations and have joined the DAA.

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    Worked with DAA to develop the Housing Call to Action, encouraging members to join a nation or local DAA, and sent it out to all our members as well as including in our newsletter and on our website. Also asked NHF to disseminate.

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    Yorks and Humber report included in newsletter.

  • Partnership working

    Work with other groups, organisations and people to improve practice in promoting the wellbeing of people with dementia

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    Contributed to a number of groups including Dementia Workforce Advisory group and one of the meaningful Care task and finish groups to increase involvement of the housing sector and recognition of the sector's relevance, with particular focus on skilling the housing workforce to work with people living with dementia. Also met with CIH to boost the importance of training tailored to the housing workforce and clarify the roles of different accrediting and training bodies. Work ongoing.

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Liaised with PHE over the BAME taskforce and post-diagnostic support for seldom heard groups; attended HEE DWAG and co-lead attended meeting on Meaningful care for people with dementia, both with a view to ensuring the inclusion of housing - place, workforcse and people. Responded to requests for comments on a range of things, e.g. HDRC survey.

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In addition to publishing and publicising good practice material on our website and contributing to the D&HWG and HEE Dementia Workforce Avisory Group, we worked with Sitra to submit a bid for funding for a project looking at supporting people with dementia to remain at home; acted as a catalyst for enabling the DEaR GP tool to be tested in ECH by providing pubclicity and contact details; facilitated Skills for care to identify a Housing with care provider with whom to work in relation to dementia workforce skilling; linked ADS to a provider using the namaste approach for a survey; raised the profile of the housing sector with the PHE BAME task force lead in relation to BAME and post-diagnostic support to seldom heard groups; supported various people in dementia-related projects.

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    Attended meetings of the Dementia and Housing Working Group and Housing and Dementia Research Consortium to move things forward and contacted DH to suggest the Housing LIN and housing providers have the opportunity to sign up to - and act upon - the Joint Declaration on Post Diagnostice Support. Also e-mailed DAA to suggest the survey on the topic should be broadened out to target the housing as well as health and social care sectors.

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    Continued to work closely with HDRC to try and achieve valuable housing and dementia-relayed research, and with the Dementia and Housing Working Group to raise awareness of dementia within the housing sector and awareness amongst health and social care professionals of the role of housing in supporting people with dementia, their families and communities to live well. Also commented on the research outline of a PhD student looking at extra care housing and dementia.

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Continued to work with the Deprivation of Liberty and Housing sub-group, HDRC, D&HWG and Housing and Adults Safeguarding Alliance to keep the issue of housing and dementia/impaired cognitive functioning alive and improve practice. Encouraged members of these groups to respond to the recent survey on "What Works" in dementia training.

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    The involvement with all the groups mentioned in the previous quarter actively continues. In addition to helping develop the programme for the HDRC event on Housing with Care models for people with dementia, I gave a presentation on deprivation of liberty and HWC models. Have been working close with my DoL sub-group colleagues to achieve our aims of raising awareness of deprivation of liberty issues in housing settings and the Law Commission's consultation. See DoL action for detail.

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    Continue to contribute to:

    HDRC which is organising an annual event

    Dementia and Housing Working Group which is working to deliver a work plan on dementia-friendly communities, workforce skilling & deprivation of liberty

    DoL sub-group (see next action)

    Housing and safeguarding adults alliance - various actions including tweeting about blogs and other safeguarding resources

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Joint work with Sitra and Worcester uni ADS to provide bespoke training on dementia for scheme managers and strategic leaders

    Shaping and contributing to the Dementia and Housing Working Group aiming to improve housing engagement and practice in dementia-friendly organisations and communities, skilling the workforce, improving research. The Housing LIN is leading a sub-group on deprivation of liberty in housing settings to raise awareness both of current need to identify people at risk of being deprived of their liberty and future need to respond to Law Commission's recommendations.

    Also actively contributed to the groups mentioned in Action 1 and:

    Housing and dementia research consortium, Housing and safeguarding adults alliance.

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    Worked on behalf of the Dementia and Housing Working group to produce and publish "Making a Start: Dementia - skilling the general housing needs workforce" a report and resource pack aimed at supoorting housing organisations to skill up their workforce. Now trying to set up a meeting to consider higher level recommendations.

    Founding member of the Housing and Safeguarding Adults Alliance committed to improving safeguarding engagement and practice within the housing sector and improved understanding within the social care sector of the importance of including the housing sector.

    Actve member of the Housing and Dementia research consortium - contributed to a membership event in May

  • Supporting "dementia Words Matter" Call for action

    To promote the dementia words matter campaign and try to ensure that resources on the Housing LIN website, in particular on the dementia pages use appropriate language.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    Sent an e-mail to Waitrose about their use of the term "sufferer" in a piece about the importance of not ignoring dementia in one of their weekly papers.

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Included this Call to action on website. Searched all Housing LIN documents to check language used. None of the forbidden terms were used, except where these were giving direct quotes from other people or resources, and then only a handful.

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    Letter to the Times about the campaign - sadly wasn't published

    Inclusion of campaign in weekly Housing LIN newsletter

  • Deprivation of liberty in housing settings

    Raising awareness within the housing sector of the Cheshire West Judgement and its relevance to housing, as well as the pending Law Commission consultation on the issue.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    Added to the website a special report from 39 Essex Street, a presentation and flow chart on the steps of the proposed Liberty Protection safeguards

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    Wrote blog and briefing on Law Commission's final report on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty for the Housing LIN website, published during dementia awareness week.

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Added the Law Commission's report to the website and alerted groups to some of its contents.

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Publicised delay in publication of Bill by the Law Commission

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    Publicised the publication of the Law Commission's Interim statement and arranged a meeting between housing sector representatives and the Law Commission to discuss.

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    Conducted a number of training sessions on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty in housing settings. Also wrote to Baroness Finaly about how the Housing LIn could support the National mental Capacity Forum and contacted the Law Commission to make ourselves available for discussion of new proposals.

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Joint events with SITRA and Law Commission held at the end of September to improve understanding of MCA and DoL amongst housing professionals, and inform them of the Law Commission's proposals for future arrangements.

    Submitted a Housing LIN response to the Law Commission consultation which is on the Housing LIN website.

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Providing feedback on joint NHF & Housing guide on deprivation of liberty

    Writing a new Housing LIN Viewpoint on Deprivation of liberty in Housing settings to keep issue alive and updated

    Working with DoL sub-group to arrange housing sector events attended by Law Commission to learn about and discuss recommendations in September

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Various meetings with DoL sub-group to agree action to promote understanding

    Wrote a new Housing LIN Viewpoint 72, Any the Wiser? outlining my understanding of the current situation as relevant to housing

    Agreed two events with the Law Society due in September to get housing providers to engage with current position and Law Commission's proposals.

    Commented on several draft of the NHF/Housing LIN briefing on DoL in housing settings

    Published a range of relevant resources on the website and mentioned them in newsletters as they were added

    Gave a variety of presentations on the issue

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    Liaison with Law Commission and Law Society over housing queries to support their understanding of housing with care settings

    Establishing a deprivation of liberty sub-group of the Dementia and Housing Working Group to progress this action

    Presentations on the topic at various events