HACT & GIRFT webinar series

Webinar series to focus on the integration of housing within mental health pathways

A webinar series hosted by the Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust (HACT) in collaboration with Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) will look at the central role played by housing in realising both the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan for mental health and the aims of GIRFT’s adult mental health programmes.

The GIRFT programme has three mental health workstreams – adult crisis and acute mental health, rehabilitation psychiatry and children and young people’s services. The GIRFT national specialty report for adult crisis and acute care was published last month, while the rehabilitation and CYP national reports are expected later in the year.

Recommendations in these reports complement ongoing improvement work, particularly the NHS Long Term Plan for mental health, seeking to reduce inequalities of access to ensure appropriate care and treatment is delivered in a timely way to help people reach and sustain their best level of mental health. Achieving this requires collaboration with local communities and multiple other organisations and colleagues in the NHS.

Two webinars have now been planned focusing on the integration of housing within adult mental health pathways:

5th November 2021: Housing in the adult crisis and acute mental health pathway (note: registration for this event has now closed. Watch the recording of the webinar here).

12th November 2021: Housing in the mental health rehabilitation pathway (note: registration for this event has now closed. Watch the recording of the webinar here).

The webinars are hosted by HACT, which works with a range of NHS, local authority and third sector partners to promote and increase the integration between health, social care and housing for the benefit of local people, systems and communities. The sessions will examine the central role played by housing as part of an effective response to realising the ambitions of the Long Term Plan and GIRFT’s national report recommendations.

The first – on 5th November – looks at the role of housing in the adult crisis and acute mental health pathway. Acute and crisis pathways impact more than 1.6 million adults and older adults each year. Attendees at this webinar will hear from GIRFT clinical lead, Dr Ian Davidson, on the importance of housing in this area and sharing examples of good practice. Other speakers include Chris Harris, housing co-ordinator for mental health at West Sussex County Council, and Andrew van Doorn, chief executive of HACT and non-executive director at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust.

The second webinar – on 12th November – will see Dr Sridevi Kalidindi, GIRFT clinical lead for mental health rehabilitation, looking at the role of housing in the mental health rehabilitation pathway, as well as focusing on findings and recommendations from her GIRFT review. Other speakers include Professor Helen Killaspy, professor of rehabilitation psychiatry at UCL and Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust, and Andrew van Doorn, of HACT.

These webinars are aimed at NHS trust clinicians and managers, local authority adult social care and housing representatives, VCS/supported housing providers, CCG and local authority commissioners, service users and carer representatives.

20 October 2021