Homes for wellbeing


CRHB works with partners to ensure homes and services support better health and wellbeing.

The sub-regional picture

Housing has a major impact on health and wellbeing. The Cambridgeshire Health and Wellbeing Strategy identifies housing as a "wider determinant of health" shown in this diagram.

Diagram of wider determinants of health

Housing and health

Cambridgeshire's Housing and Health Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) was published in 2013 and gives an introduction to housing and housing issues in Cambridgeshire, to the organisations delivering housing services and funding and to strategic plans for Cambridgeshire.

The aim of the JSNA is to identify how each of the seven housing priorities link to health and wellbeing of our residents - and to the Health and Wellbeing Board and Clinical Commissioning Group's priorities.

Liz Robin, Direct of Public Health says "Health professionals and managers who wish to learn about the potential links between health and housing services are strongly recommended to read the full JSNA report."

Housing for health website

The Housing for Health website provides easily digestible information about housing with insights into ways new health-housing partnerships might help achieve the necessary transformation in health.

Housing for health infographic

It was prepared by NHS Alliance following interviews with General Practitioners, Clinical Commissioners, Practice Managers and other community health professionals. It is aimed at strategic leads in general practice, primary care and clinical commissioning and provides

  • Information about the housing system and how it is organised.
  • Insights into roles housing organisations are adopting within local health economies to improve patient care, reduce demand on the NHS and prevent people from needing expensive healthcare – and why they are doing this.
  • Specific examples of health-housing partnerships that are emerging.
  • Advice on how to build relationships with local housing partners.

It aims to help strategic health leaders understand and engage with housing organisations and to develop important partnerships with other organisations operating beyond NHS boundaries as we all take steps to create a wider ‘community of care’ in response to the NHS Five Year Forward View.

Housing and health at the Learning and Improvement Network (LIN)HousingLIN logo

The Housing LIN has pulled out the essential tools and resources to help you can make informed decisions around health and housing, and work towards better integration. The site cover a wide range of topics and include good practice, case studies and discussion areas about the links between housing and health. The housing and health - health intel pages are a great place to start.

Modernising care

The Care Act 2014 is making big changes to social care; modernising the system so it's built around people’s needs and what they want to achieve in their lives. The Act...

  • gives individuals and carers more control over their care and support
  • clarifies what individuals and carers can expect from the care system
  • sets a cap on the amount anyone will have to pay towards the cost of their care.

Cambridgeshire County Council is also taking a new strategic approach to social work and social care, called Transforming Lives, and older people people services are being developed and changed to help deliver Cambridgeshire’s Older People Strategy.

You can find more about Cambridgehsire's approach here and Suffolk County Council provides further detail here.

In October 2014 Care & Repair England produced an excellent briefing note, Making the conection to housing.

Healthy Homes - Healthy Lives

In 2013, CRHB ran an event bringing together a wide range of partners to share learning, understanding and new ideas on bringing housing, health, care and support closer together for all our residents' benefit.

Our keynote speaker, Sue Adams of Care & Repair England, gave a great presentation titled "Revolution in the air". All the slides, papers and a workshop write-up can be found under October 2013 meeting papers on the CRHB web page.


Action plan

Please click here to find the housing board's action plan 2016-17 as set out at the start of the year.

If you visit the CRHB meeting page, you'll find regular updates to the action plan.