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Building Better Health - Why Society Needs Joint Working Between Health, Housing and Social Care

Free access to the latest research on housing and the key role it plays in delivering essential health and social care

United Kingdom, 6 March 2014 – Having a good quality home is essential for good health. But on its own it is not enough. In a special issue of the Journal of Integrated Care, published by Emerald Group Publishing - global publisher linking research and practice to the benefit of society - in association with the National Housing Federation, editors Jon Glasby, Robin Miller and Helen Dickinson explore the relationship between health, housing and social care. With a balanced mix of case studies, research and expert viewpoints, the issue explores how the complex interaction of deprivation factors can and should be addressed through the collaboration of agencies.

This special issue, as well as an introductory video from Jon Glasby, can be accessed free of charge until the 20th March 2014, by visiting

Born out of a one-day summit held by the National Housing Federation and the University of Birmingham’s Health Services Management Centre (HSMC), the issue includes contributions from Diane Lea, the only independent chair of a Health and Wellbeing Board in the West Midlands, and Chris Handy OBE, a Chief Executive of a Housing Association and a former NHS Board member.

Sharing insights into particular case study projects and areas of potential gaps and duplication, the issue includes:

• the work of the Bromford Group around reablement, recovery and social inclusion in mental health services, describing successful projects and demonstrating how joint working can lead to better outcomes
• a fascinating insight into the workings, principles and aspirations of the Stoke Health and Well-being Board
• the impact of homelessness in cities - Birmingham and Coventry City Councils focus on homelessness as a social issue where only a joined-up response can even hope to scratch the surface
• the work of the Pan-London personalised budgets project, which has developed a more personalised approach to working with rough-sleepers – with powerful results.

Editor-in-Chief Jon Glasby, of the University of Birmingham, comments, “These papers suggest that there is a strong sense that health, housing and social care have more in common than perhaps they realize. They are often working with the same families and individuals, and no one agency can respond to the complexity of need on its own. In difficult financial circumstances, greater joint working has to be the only option – but local partners will need to work hard to understand each other better and to find the right way in to a new and more joint conversation”.

Gemma Duggan, West Midlands External Affairs Manager for the National Housing Federation said: "Housing is a key part of an integrated health and social care system, which prioritises preventative care and speeds recovery to independence. These case studies show how housing associations are already addressing growing and complex health inequalities. There is huge potential for specialist housing and housing-related support to help people to live independently in the community, reducing the need for care and preventing poor health."

‘Health, housing and social care’ is published as volume 22, issue 1 of the Journal of Integrated Care. Further information about the journal can be found at

Notes to the editor:
Published by Emerald Group Publishing, the Journal of Integrated Care aims to facilitate the evidence-based integration of health, social care and other community services in order to benefit service users, patients and taxpayers.

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About the National Housing Federation:

The Federation's mission is to support and promote the work that housing associations do and campaign for better housing and neighbourhoods. - See more at:

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