Improving health and care through the home

Kath Evans, head of planning delivery and programme lead for the Hospital to Home (H2H) programme explains why the relaunch of the Improving Health and Care through the home: A National Memorandum of Understanding is so important for the health and social care sector.

The H2H programme, works with partners providing national leadership to ensure that urgent and emergency care services in the community are as safe, effective and coordinated as possible. We have a focus on:-

  • strengthening the partnership between health and social care;
  • support improved hospital discharge;
  • enhanced health in care homes;
  • increased access to care and support at home and in the community to reduce unnecessary hospital attendances and admissions.

This week the Improving Health and Care through the home: A National Memorandum of Understanding was relaunched. Government departments and organisations from across the health, social care, and housing systems have come together to recognise the key role of housing and reaffirm their commitment to work together. This is one of the main pieces of work H2H have been involved with and it shows the commitment of NHS England to improving everyone’s health through ensuring that all have the right home environment.

It was first launched in 2014 and this renewed version sets out why organisations need to continue to strengthen partnerships across government, housing, health and social care. It reflects on the success of previous commitments and commits all signatories to build on these successes to ensure more collaborative working across housing, health and social care to positively impact on the people using health and care services. It is co-signed by NHS England and 25 other organisations including Department of Health and Social Care Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Local Government Association and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

Another piece of work in the H2H programme is leading on is the Acute Provider Engagement Programme for Health and Housing. The aim of the programme is to demonstrate how housing can support the NHS through engaging local housing sectors with their local clinical commissioning group, local authority and NHS trust to improve hospital discharge, improve patient experience and reduce readmissions.

Housing is a key element in a person’s care. It is estimated that poor housing costs the NHS £1.4 billion every year. Having the right home environment can improve health both physical and mental, can speed up a person’s recovery and can prevent readmission to hospital. I am pleased that housing is getting the acknowledgment it deserves, the introduction of a Minister for Housing to MHCLG is a positive step forward and as long as government, housing, health and social care continue to work collaboratively we can aim to ensure people have a long and healthy life in their own home.

For updates on the work the H2H programme is doing, please follow our twitter account @NHSHosp_to_Home #HealthHousingMoU

Kathryn Evans RGN, BNurs (Hons), MA, Queens Nurse Community Nurse Lead, Nursing and Midwifery Team, NHS England.

Kathryn Evans, RGN, BNurs (Hons), MA, Queens Nurse

Kath is the Deputy Director of Urgent Community Response for the Ageing Well Programme as part of the NHS Long Term Plan in NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Key areas of work include improving the outcomes and responsiveness of intermediate care to meet new national standards. She contributes to the greater work of the programme, which includes continuing the roll out of the Enhanced Health in Care Homes framework including, NHSmail into the independent social care sector and supporting community multidisciplinary teams in improving outcomes for people with frailty and multimorbidity.

Kath’s background includes working as a nurse with over 25 years’ experience in the NHS, in professional leadership, service development and operational management in the community. Kath has worked at a regional level in service improvement and assurance and delivery of CCG’s.

She has led on improving the reduction in Delayed Transfers of Care from hospital and was the Community Nurse lead for NHS England having a background as a District Nurse.

Kath is passionate about partnership working across health and social care and community services.

Follow her on Twitter: @kathevans2015</a

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  1. Dr Leonard Anderson says:

    Reablement Monitors will help to ease the discharge process for frail and elderly people who live independently, but don’t have daily contact with family or carers. Machine learning technology checks every hour for normal activities of daily living in the kitchen.

  2. Kassander says:

    “People with a long-term chronic health condition can apply for up to £5,000 without means testing to help support their physical and mental well-being at home, preventing hospital admission and GP attendances.”
    Is the £5k a Grant, or a repayable Loan, please?