Sectors failing to work together consistently is costing budgets, staff time and people’s wellbeing
Today CIH Cymru’s Tyfu Tai Cymru project launches its ‘Good health brought home’ report focussing on what makes a good partnership between health, housing and social care. The work has been funded through the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence’s (CaCHE) Knowledge Exchange Fund that seeks to share evidence-based approach to improving practice between professionals and sectors.
The research looked at 15 different projects from all over Wales, including those which reduce delays in returning home from hospital, reducing loneliness and isolation and specialist accommodation with support.
The report draws out six principles that often underpin successful partnerships between the three sectors:
• A shared analysis of issues and solutions
• Person-centred services
• Joint budgets
• Shared interpretation of legislation
• Recognition of power imbalance
The report also reflects on activities that embed further joint working. This included: the need to ensure sustainable long-term funding for well evidenced projects; establish ways of holding joint training and good practice sharing between professionals; and sharing resources underpinned by a strategy where all patterns share a common interest in improving outcomes for people.
Catherine May, manager of the Tyfu Tai Cymru project at CIH Cymru said:
“We were really pleased to work with CACHE to unpick what makes some projects between housing, health and social care successful. By embedding the six principles, partnerships can provide better and more effective support to people across Wales. We have progressive legislation in Wales that establishes collaboration as central to how we deliver services, and the projects we spoke to are demonstrating how this can be done in a way that benefits everyone in Wales.”