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Working Paper: Mental Health & Housing: Potential economic benefits of improved transitions along the acute care pathway

To accompany the publication of our new report Mental Health and Housing: Housing on the pathway to recovery, our working paper Mental Health and Housing: Potential economic benefits of improved transitions along the acute care pathway focuses specifically on an analysis of the potential economic benefits of including housing services on the acute care recovery pathway.

With analysis and expertise from the LSE's Personal and Social Services Research Unit, this paper identifies the possible opportunites for releasing resources from inpatient care and re-investing them in alternative support services, either provided or supported by housing associations. In order for this to take place and the savings to be realised, NHS commissioners would need to develop alternative forms of community-based services while maintaining existing infrastructure.

By presenting a holistic picture of the economics of the transition, we hope to provide a practical roadmap towards more flexible service provision.

By starting with the efficiencies that could already be realised along the acute care pathway, and then examining the evolving landscape of the provision of mental health services for potential economic efficiencies, and finally describing and analysing the potential benefits of reduced specialist acute inpatient care and highlighting the spaces where the housing sector could play a greater role, we hope to provide a rigorous first-look at the potential for enhanced collaboration between mental health service providers and the housing sector along the acute care pathway. 

To access the paper, please click here.