News

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

Centre for Ageing Better Invitation To Tender – Understanding the Role of Home Adaptations in Improving Later Life

The focus of this ITT issued today is for primary research to gather evidence from practitioners involved in provision of home adaptations and older people with experience of that provision. This project is intended to complement the review of published evidence in this topic area already in progress by University of the West of England as a result of a previous ITT issued by the Centre for Ageing Better in 2016.

The full document can be accessed via  https://www.ageing-better.org.uk/get-involved/current-opportunities/invitation-tender-understand-role-home-adaptations-improving-later-life/ [March 2017]

It is important to note that the deadline for submission of bids is 5pm 21 April 2017. Other key dates and the maximum available budget to support the project are specified on pages 11 and 20 of the ITT.

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  www.hrfconference.org 

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

Health Foundation Funding Call – Through its Innovation for Improvement programme the Health Foundation is inviting bids for up to 20 projects  that have an ambition to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care. They are particularly keen to support projects that major on innovative use of data. Each project will receive up to £75k. Detailed information can be found via the following link  https://socialcare.blog.gov.uk/2017/02/21/health-foundation-funds-innovation-challenge/

Please note that the closing date is midday 28 March 2017 but that deadline may close early dependent on the number and quality of bids received. [Feb 2017]

NIHR – The Public Health Research Programme has issued a series of calls including two which may be of interest.  They are under the Headings of “Age Friendly Environments” and “Interventions in Community Organisations to Improve Health and Wellbeing and Reduce Health Inequalities

The deadline for submissions for both funding streams is 25 April 2017.

The details of both can be found in the following these three links:

http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/170658/16_124_Age-friendly-environments-comm-brief-FINAL.pdf

http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/170656/16_122_Community-orgs-Comm-brief-V5.pdf

http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/funding/phr-commissioned

ESRC T2S is a new funding programme for international, transdisciplinary projects addressing transformations to sustainability. Support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (which has included aspects of ageing) may also be available for this programme.

This is a pre-announcement alert – full details in December

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/transformations-to-sustainability-t2s/

You will see within the third link, for those interested in submitting a bid, there is an invitation to participate in a webinar on 18 January 2017.

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

Centre for Ageing Better Commission Home Adaptations Evidence Review

The Centre for Ageing Better (CfAB) has announced the winner of the contract to undertake a systematic evidence review into how home adaptations can contribute to a good later life. Click here for announcement.

 The review will be carried out by a team from the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol and the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

The new review will provide evidence on the most effective home adaptations which will be useful for policy makers, commissioners and professionals, as well as for older people and industry.

Care & Repair England, as part of its Catch22 initiative, has worked closely with CfAB on shaping the plans for the review and is a member of the project’s advisory group.

The last evidence review, Better Outcomes, Lower Costs, was published in 2007; since then more information has become available which UWE and BRE will review, including both relevant UK and international research.

The review is due to be completed by July 2017.  [Nov 2016]

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 bath-out@nottingham.ac.uk 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: www.nottingham.ac.uk/go/bath-out

UPDATE: Centre for Ageing Better Home Adaptations Evidence Review

The Centre for Ageing Better (CfAB) has launched an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for a systematic evidence review on how adaptations to people’s homes can help improve later life. To see the full ITT document, please click here, and note that the deadline for tender submissions is 12:00 noon on 21st July 2016. If you have any questions about the ITT or the tender process please contact info@ageing-better.org.uk

Care & Repair England has, through its Catch 22 Project, highlighted the importance of improving the evidence base with regard to provision of home adaptations and has collaborated with CfAB on this initiative. The ITT has incorporated many of the comments received from the consultation on the original scope and content of this systematic review.

CfAB is inviting academics with an interest in home adaptations, particularly in the context of ageing, to respond to the ITT.

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 mailto:bath-out@nottingham.ac.uk 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: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/go/bath-out

[May 2016]

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

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

This new 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.

Centre for Ageing Better to fund a Home Adaptations Evidence Review

The Centre for Ageing Better (CfAB) has launched a draft plan for a systematic evidence review on how adaptations to people’s homes can help improve later life.

Care & Repair England has, through its Catch 22 project, highlighted the importance of improving the evidence base with regard to provision of home adaptations and has collaborated with CfAB on this initiative.

CfAB is inviting everyone with an interest in home adaptations, particularly in the context of ageing, to give feedback on the proposal and they will then refine the scope before issuing a full Invitation to Tender to conduct the systematic review.

If you have an interest in this area do have a look at the draft scope, please let CfAB know your thoughts and share this email with anyone else you think may wish to comment.  [14th April 2016]