We highlight below the latest funding opportunities and relevant policy and practice in the housing, ageing, health, care fields which may be of interest.

Care & Repair England are keen to be involved, support bids and disseminate findings so please do not hesitate to contact Martin Hodges in respect of any future plans or proposals.

Horizon 2020 Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing

Despite prevailing Brexit issues the draft Work Programme for 2018-2020 has recently been published and includes new calls for project proposals. In respect of the funding opportunities the draft Programme has arranged two information days in early December 2017. More detail of the background and current status of the draft Programme and how to attend information events can be found here [Oct 2017]

Multi-Disciplinary Scoping Review of Planning and Preparing for Later Life

In recognition of the importance of thinking ahead and preparing for a positive experience in older age the Centre for Ageing Better has recently issued an Invitation to Tender (ITT) in this topic area. It sets out three overarching research questions namely:

  • Who does or does not plan and prepare for later life?
  • What are the barriers and enablers to planning and preparing for later life?
  • What does or might work to enable people to overcome barriers, or to better facilitate enablers?

Information about the project including the ITT can be found here.

Please note that the closing date is 5pm 17 November 2017.

Care & Repair England are especially interested in the housing related aspects of informed planning and decision making including the contribution of impartial advice and information on housing, care and finance plus support to access services to implement physical modifications to the existing home. This form of support is illustrated in Care & Repair’s Silverlinks project.  Consequently we would be happy to be a supporting partner in a bid so please contact Martin Hodges at if you are interested in working with us. [Oct 2017]

New Falls and Fracture Research Funding Stream

The HS&DR Programme has recently announced that it is inviting Stage 1 applications related to secondary falls and fracture prevention services. This is clearly good news and will assist in filling recognised gaps in the evidence base. Should anyone wish to submit a proposal that includes housing related issues and services Care & Repair England would be interested in being a supporting partner.

Scope of the funding: “Research is required on services, methods of case finding and assessment, treatment, and ongoing care management and lifestyle interventions for older people who have fallen and those who have suffered a fragility fracture.”

Further details can be found here

Please note that the closing date for Stage 1 applications is 4 January 2018. [Oct 2017]

Falls and fracture consensus statement: resource pack

PHE as lead for the National Falls Prevention Coordination Group has recently published a resource pack to accompany the Falls and fracture consensus statement issued in January 2017. The primary audience are commissioners and strategic leads but the document is relevant to others with an interest in this topic area. The resource pack itself provides evidence of cost and clinical effectiveness of a series of interventions (including healthy housing) and helpfully lists key supporting documents. In addition each intervention has a suite of indicators intended for local collection.

The Resource Pack and the original Consensus Statement can be accessed here. [July 2017]

Research – People over 80 with three or more conditions

As part of a research project led by the University of Newcastle a national survey of people over 80 living with three or more conditions is being undertaken. We have been asked to circulate through networks this opportunity to identify, invite and if necessary assist older people meeting the criteria to complete the survey (available on line, hard copy or by phone). The aim is to identify 10 priorities for future research that reflect the responses received from older people themselves.

More detail can be found here including contact details to obtain guidance on completing the survey. I would encourage you to cascade the information through your own networks [July 2017]

Australian App to Assist Disabled People Modify their Home

Funding arrangements for common types of home modifications vary from country to country. However, even in England where some state funding exists to meet the cost of rails, small ramps and simple shower modifications many people, for a variety of reasons, arrange and pay for such items themselves. Practitioners specialising in home adaptations will undoubtedly meet self funding householders who were not fully informed in making the arrangements and hence receive a  product that is not necessarily appropriate or at a reasonable cost. Another aspect of self funding is that older people do not know where to source good quality advice and information in selecting a reputable supplier/contractor which can mean that a proportion of them will try and manage without the necessary modifications.

Hence it is of interest that the University of New South Wales has recently designed an app that signposts householders to a website containing good quality advice and information on a range of products available on the market. Importantly the app was co-designed with older and disabled people. It is yet too early to evaluate the effectiveness of the DIYModify app but this model of advice and information provision could well have some transferability internationally.

More information can be found here  [July 2017]

A Call for Papers

The Home Renaissance Foundation has issued a call for papers for its international interdisciplinary conference on 16-17 November 2017 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

The event is entitled “A home: a place of growth, care and wellbeing” and is intended to highlight the role of the home in health and social care. There are four topic strands including one entitled “The Home as a place to age”.

The event is an opportunity to engage with individuals from a wide range of professional backgrounds to set out how important the home is to promote personal and societal health.

More details can be found via 

The deadline for papers is 13 May 2017 with speakers receiving a 50% discount on the delegate fee. [March 2017]

Bathing Adaptations Innovative research – Protocol published in British Medical Journal

The BATH-OUT Trial is an innovative research project, led by University of Nottingham, to undertake a feasibility randomised controlled trial concerning the effects of bathing adaptations on the health, well-being and functional ability for older adults and their carers.

The protocol, which describes the initiative in detail, has now been published in the British Medical Journal.

[See item May 16 below for more details]

Care & Repair England’s CEO, Sue Adams, is chair of the project advisory and we will bring you updates as the work progresses, but you can also receive updates about the study directly – please email and request to go onto the study mailing list. Alternatively you can follow the study on twitter @bath_out

Further information can be found on the project webpage:

Bathing Adaptations – Innovative research into RCT feasibility

The BATH-OUT Trial  is an innovative research project looking into the feasibility of conducting a randomised controlled trial of bathing adaptations for older adults and their carers.

Researchers at the University of Nottingham are carrying out a research project, in collaboration with Nottingham City Council, examining the links between bathing adaptations and the health and wellbeing of older adults.

The researchers are aiming to test whether it is feasible to conduct a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of bathing adaptations for older adults and their carers. Participants will be randomised to receive immediate adaptations or routine waiting list (3 months). Outcomes will be assessed at 3 and 6 months and include measures of health and social care related quality of life, functional ability, and use of health and social care services. Qualitative interviews with users and carers will supplement the findings. The ultimate aim of this study is to inform the design of a powered RCT to improve the evidence base and knowledge of the links between housing and health and wellbeing.

The study is being led by Dr Phillip Whitehead who is a research fellow and occupational therapist with a background in social care practice and research. The research team are supported by a project advisory group with broad and extensive experience in adaptations – Sue Adams, CEO of Care & Repair England, is chairing this group. The research is funded by NIHR School for Social Care Research. Ethical approvals are in place and the study is currently in the set-up phase. The researchers aim to begin recruiting participants into the study in September 2016 and the results are expected in early 2018.

To receive updates about the study please email and request to go onto the study mailing list. Alternatively you can follow the study on twitter @bath_out

Further information can be found on the project webpage:

[May 2016]

The cost benefit to the NHS from preventative housing interventions – BRE report

Poor housing costs the NHS at least £1.4billion each year.

This report from the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the organisation at the forefront of quantifying the cost to the NHS of poor housing, models the potential scale of NHS cost benefits of pro-active interventions to remove specific housing risk factors in the 3 million homes of people with long-term illness and/ or disability.

In their analysis the BRE uses data about the incidence of particular housing hazards (cold homes/ falls risk etc) in the homes of at risk groups alongside the resulting costs to the NHS that arise from specific housing defects. Using the average costs of the interventions necessary to remove such hazards, the model creates indicative payback periods for large scale, preventative works to make homes safer and warmer.

BRE note that there is further work to be done to also quantify the potential further fiscal gains of such prevention to social care.

This important initiative was prompted by the BRE’s involvement in Care & Repair England’s Catch 22 project event back in 2014 – the ‘Bletchley Day’ – which brought together academics, practitioners and other stakeholders with an interest in this field.

Much has been written about ‘prevention’ in the context of NHS costs, and the NHS Five year forward view called for expansion of evidence based preventative action. This report is a welcome and timely contribution which will be of interest to those working in the fields of health and housing.

The report, ‘The cost-benefit to the NHS arising from preventative housing interventions’ can be purchased from BRE either as a download or in paper format.