This project will concentrate on collaboration within Oldham initially, with the view that medium to longer term the structured approach can be taken to a Greater Manchester level to share good practice and identify opportunities for Greater Manchester wide collaboration.
The aims of this project are to:
· Improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Oldham through improved partnership working between housing and health:
· Share good practice on integrating health and housing at a GM and National Level
Our Life will facilitate a series of stakeholder meetings involving Oldham’s social housing and health sectors, to identify shared priorities across the group, agree a prioritised list of projects and ultimately form recommendations for future business planning and sharing best practice.
By applying a facilitative role Our Life is able impartially to support the wider stakeholders to mutually agree how to achieve collaboration.
Dr Alison Giles, Chief Executive of Our Life said:
"We believe passionately in the benefits of fostering closer working relationships between health and housing to better serve communities and improve their overall health and wellbeing. Housing providers, by virtue of their neighbourhood working and close relationship with tenants, can support the increased provision of services in the community, and the integration of health with social care. We are very much looking forward to working with partners in Oldham on how we can achieve such a collaboration."
Alan Higgins, Director of Public Health, Oldham Council said:
"Oldham Council recognises that integration of health and housing offers enormous rewards in terms of prevention and efficiency. However we also acknowledge that examples of this in practice remain ad hoc and so we are looking forward to developing a model and approach to mainstream collaborative working specifically within Oldham, but then be applied at the Greater Manchester level."
Cath Green, Chief Executive of First Choice Homes Oldham said:
“We are about communities, not just homes, and this partnership working in Oldham will deliver real and lasting change to reduce health inequalities and improve the health and wellbeing of the local community.“
The project is due to start in March and will involve colleagues from the main social housing providers in Oldham, health, social care and public health.
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