In the Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper, the Government signalled its desire to increase its control over procurements by all contracting authorities.
To assist with practical partnerships a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) has been published “to support joint action on improving health through the home”. A copy of the MoU can be found here. The MoU has been signed by:
- NHS England;
- Public Health England;
- The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA);
- The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG);
- The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH); and
- The National Housing Federation (NHF)
A number of other professional bodies have signed up to the MoU and all those involved will be responsible for rolling out and participating in the “2014/15 Action Plan”. The Action Plan is set out in the Appendix to the MoU and includes the NHF producing, by February 2015, a guidance/advice note on how local systems can use NHS assets and lever in funding to best effect for housing related schemes.
In brief the MoU and the organisations which have signed it aim to:
- Establish and support national and local dialogue, information exchange and decision-making across government, health, social care and housing sectors;
- Co-ordinate health, social care, and housing policy;
- Enable improved collaboration and integration of healthcare and housing in the planning, commissioning and delivery of homes and services;
- Promote the housing sector contribution to: addressing the wider determinants of health; health equity; improvements to patient experience and outcomes’ ‘making every contact count’; and safeguarding; and
- Develop the workforce across sectors so that they are confident and skilled in understanding the relationship between where people live and their health and wellbeing and are able to identify suitable solutions to improve outcomes.
The partners to the MoU will nominate a senior representative to meet quarterly. This will be arranged through the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services Housing Policy Network. The Network will review progress annually and agree if changes are required to the MoU or the accompanying action plan.
This MoU will hopefully be another tool that housing providers can (where they want to) increase their influence and impact in the health arena, something many organisations have been seeking to achieve for a number of years.
For more information
The monthly round-up from the Anthony Collins Solicitors charities team.
Legal updates as the UK enters into stage 4 of the roadmap and legal restrictions on face coverings and social distancing are lifted.
The first disability we are going to discuss is diabetes. We begin by discussing the different types of diabetes; their similarities and differences and how we live with the disability within our day.
Tim Coolican and Freya Cassia explore the legal and practical options available to providers if a disappointing result is received following an inspection.
Following the launch of the CQC’s new strategy for how it regulates health and social care, many providers will be keen to know more about how the changes might affect them in the future.
EPC’s are not required to be served with a Section 21 notice for assured shorthold tenancies if the tenancy predates October 2015.
A new era of paperless property deals is upon us following the Land Registry’s landmark decision in July 2020 to accept e-signed documents for registration.
Under NHSX, the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement have published the Secretary of State's vision for how data will be used to improve health and care.
Ofsted recently published the findings from its rapid review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges. The review highlighted keys areas of concern and presents clear actions, which are discussed here.
To receive invitations to our events, as well as information and articles on legal issues and sector developments that are of interest to you, please sign up to Newsroom.