Three major statutory services in West Sussex, health, housing & social care have launched a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will help develop housing solutions and deliver better health outcomes for residents across the county.
The MOU has been written in partnership by West Sussex County Council, the district and borough councils and the NHS.
West Sussex is among a leading group of counties to agree their own health, housing and social care MOU. It will build on the recent collaborative work to understand how best to support the wellbeing of people in West Sussex by developing the types of housing services and approaches required to address their needs. This includes preventing and reducing hospital admissions and improving outcomes for people by reducing health inequalities in accessing services through integration.
The MOU was launched at an online conference where strategic partners in health, housing and social care discussed the future of health, housing and social care in West Sussex.
Councillor Paul Marshall, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “We have taken this opportunity to build on the close relationship between the county council, the districts and boroughs and the NHS to deliver the best possible outcomes for the vulnerable households reliant on health, housing and social care working in West Sussex.
“The local MOU is a statement of our ambition and our intention to best meet the housing requirements of people of all ages and needs. I’m confident that together our organisations can achieve the very best for the people of West Sussex.”
Pennie Ford, Executive Managing Director for NHS West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We recognise the important role that housing and supported accommodation has for many of our vulnerable communities. We know that good housing, and housing with support is not only an enabler to better health outcomes, but also gives people a chance to live good quality, fulfilling and independent lives.
“As a member of the West Sussex Health and Care Partnership Executive, I welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with our district and borough councils, the county council and other stakeholders to plan, design and deliver good quality housing and support solutions for our local population in West Sussex.”
The conference, which was held virtually due to COVID restrictions, included sessions on a variety of topics aimed at health in housing. These included adaptations and technology in the home which can help people maintain their independence, extra-care housing, homelessness and mental health.
Lord Best, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care, delivered the key note speech on the subject of why housing is key to the better delivery of health and social care.