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Bringing Public Health Thinking to the Private-Rented Sector Support

In this guest blog Matt Clack, Hackney's Public Health Strategist, takes a look at what it would take for a local authority to effectively support its residents in the private-rented sector, and why you wouldn't necessarily need to be a veteran public health practitioner or housing officer, but someone passionate about rectifying social inequality who understands the difficulties tenants and landlords face.

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A basic need: affordable housing and mental health

In this blog, originally published on the Centre for Mental Health website, Ian Bradshaw reflects on the role of affordable housing for people with mental health problems and presents the findings from two works recently published by the Centre: the ‘More than Shelter’ report and the ‘Briefing 49: a basic need’.

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Are we doing the right thing to help people with Hoarding Disorder?

Hoarding is now recognised to be one of the most common mental health disorders affecting between 1% and 5% of the adult population. Peter Molyneux, our partner from Common Cause Consulting, invites housing providers to engage in the discussion addressing Hoarding Disorder in a more comprehensive and innovative way.

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We need to get under the skin of the NHS if we’re going to collaborate

Andrew van Doorn, HACT's Deputy Chief Executive, advises Housing Associations about the importance of understanding what drives the delivery of healthcare services and the changing environment in the NHS if they want to engage with health.

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New Government Sport Strategy has potential to get the nation more active

Jane Ashworth, StreetGames Chief Executive, provides a glimpse of 'Sporting Future', the Government's new sport strategy, and explores its potential for tackling social inequalities and promoting wellbeing.

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Practice Governance: A guide for health and housing integration

As housing associations increasingly seek to work in partnership with health care a key issue is the ability to put in place robust mechanisms for managing clinical risk across partners. Understanding and aligning practice along clinical governance themes not only starts to become necessary but also opens doors to partnership working and permits health commissioning with confidence.

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Unlocking Estates

Following a discussion among senior housing and health professionals hosted by Capsticks and Social Housing, which inevitably focused on unlocking public land, Peter Molyneux draws on four strategies housing should undertake to build up partnerships with health on capital projects.

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Opportunity Knocks?

Peter Molyneux explores the Health Secretaries focus on how GP's can better utilise social prescribing and suggests a key role for housing associations as partners for the NHS.

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A Prevention Revolution

Our partner Peter Molyneux suggests a key role for housing associations in delivering on the prevention agenda.

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Supporting Children & Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing – can housing do more?

During Mental Health Awareness Week, Paula Lavis from the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, and Andrew van Doorn from HACT, ask how Housing Associations can engage with the mental health issues of their younger customers.

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