Virtual conference to explore how housing can aid COVID-19 recovery

Housing, social care and health experts will come together at a virtual conference this month to explore how housing can help England recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Recover, Reset, Regenerate conference, which will take place on 24 June, is being organised by the national home improvement agency body Foundations, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), and the Housing Learning and Improvement Network.

The programme will feature keynote speakers such as the rough housing minister Luke Hall MP, ADASS president James Bullion, and Chris Naylor, senior fellow at The King’s Fund.

Paul Smith, director of Foundations, said: “The pandemic has underlined the crucial, preventative role that housing plays and the ability of frontline workers to adapt and change quickly. This conference offers a chance for housing, health and care practitioners and policymakers to share their experiences, learn from others and network virtually.

“We have an opportunity to reset the whole system. Housing is central to that reset as staying home has protected the NHS and saved lives.”

Recover, Reset, Regenerate will see practitioners across health, housing and social care share their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and the innovations they have come up with to keep people safe.

The conference will aim to raise awareness of these innovations to help providers create services that can regenerate communities and produce better health outcomes.

Confirmed topics for discussion at the conference so far include opportunities to transform care at home, effective remote support and assessments, and designing buildings with people and communities rather than for them.

James Bullion, president of ADASS, said: “Supporting people to live independent fulfilled lives in a home of their own is at the heart of the work of Directors of Adult Social Services. That ambition has shown itself to be even more relevant in the circumstances in which we find ourselves today.

“We are delighted to be working with people across the housing and care sector to build on the learning and innovation we have seen over the last few months as we look to reset the system.”

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