Friday, 1 November 2013

Extra care housing brought to north west Leeds

Leeds City Council has been successful in securing over £1.5million of funding to develop a brand new purpose built extra care housing scheme in Yeadon.

The money, secured from the Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund made available through the Department of Health will be used to create a new extra care scheme for older people on the site of a current sheltered housing site.

The proposal is to demolish the existing building and replace it with a new, modern extra care scheme consisting of 45 units with 18 one bedroom apartments and 27 two bedroom apartments. The site will also include additional facilities such as treatment rooms and assisted bathing facilities, dining area, and multi-use community rooms.

Howarth Court currently exists as a 46 bed sheltered scheme. A number of the units are not of a lettable standard, so only 28 of the units are occupied. Residents currently using the accommodation will be allocated a dedicated housing officer to help them with the move to new accommodation, and will placed as a priority for re-housing.

The new extra care apartments will be constructed to a very high quality standard and will be compliant with Homes and Communities Agency standards and the best practice standards set by the Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (usually referred to as the HAPPI standard), which seeks to improve the quality of life of the aging population by influencing the availability and choice of good housing.

The redevelopment scheme is expected to start on site before the end of 2014 and a 12 month construction period will follow.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“The scheme has the potential to be a flagship development for the council in terms of design and signalling commitment to providing excellent quality accommodation for older people across a range of needs.

“As detailed designs for the scheme are drafted, further consultation with the local community will be arranged prior to submission of a planning application.”

“We have arranged for a dedicated housing officer to work with existing residents of Howarth Court to assist and offer support with finding a new home. They will be with residents all the way through the rehousing process from helping to arrange the move to packing boxes on the day. Tenants will be awarded priority for rehousing and we will work hard to help them find the best possible solution.”

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for adult social care said:

“The availability of funding has provided an opportunity to build new high quality extra care housing where an existing council owned scheme does not meet modern standards of accommodation for older people”.

Notes to editors:

The scheme will be mixed tenure – comprising 35 units for affordable rent and 10 for shared ownership.

The completed scheme will remain in LCC ownership with the Council providing housing management services in the normal way and the care provider to be commissioned through ASC’s framework.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Leeds to be a pioneer for integrated care

Press release issued jointly by Leeds City Council, NHS Leeds South and East Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group and Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Leeds is to become a national ‘pioneer’ site for integrated health and social care, following the announcement today by the government of the creation of 14 pioneer areas to champion local innovation and experimentation to improve services for local people.

With pioneer status, Leeds will receive national support to build on work which is already delivering better health and care for adults, children and young people by making services work together more effectively.

Pioneer status will also mean Leeds can test out innovative new ideas with the help of national expertise and support.

Cllr Lisa Mulherin, chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, said:“I am absolutely delighted Leeds has been awarded Pioneer status - it means the great work we have done already is being recognised and we can share our knowledge and expertise with others across the country and beyond.

“Integration is crucial to improving the quality of care and support. Comments from local people who use health and social care services have focused squarely on the need for services to be better coordinated, easier to understand and for them to promote dignity, choice and respect.

“People don’t want to have to repeat the same information to different health and social care staff, and expect a streamlined service with fewer gaps or delays – for example, if they need homecare or other support arranged before they leave hospital.”

Dr Andy Harris, GP, Chief Clinical Officer for NHS Leeds South and East Clinical Commissioning Group and chair of the city’s Health and Social Care Transformation Board said:
“The health and social care economy must adapt quickly if we are to meet the rapidly changing needs of our communities. We are already leading the way with some of our innovative thinking around healthcare technology and integration of services.

“Pioneer status can help us to take the next steps; making important improvements to delivery of care whilst creating a self-care culture among people in our city to encourage better health and wellbeing and greater independence.”

Leeds is also part of the Europe-wide Healthy Cities Network and the city’s current strength in innovation was recognised on a recent visit by European healthcare innovation experts.

Mireia SanĂ bria, URBACT 4D Cities Lead Expert said: "In Leeds we could see the four drivers of our project – the health service, business, citizens and knowledge – already in place. It was an opportunity to see a more advanced stage of our 360-degree strategy. But there is always room for exchange and improvement when we talk to one another at these events."

For the last two years there has been an ambitious change programme in Leeds, a major part of which has focused on linking the work of health and social care services and makes sure people are given more say about their care and treatment.

The government announcement follows an invitation by Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb MP in May for areas of the country to bid for pioneer status, as part of a new national commitment to make joined-up health and social care ‘the norm’ across England by 2018.

Leeds City Council, the three Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups, Leeds Community Healthcare Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust joined together, supported by local and national third sector partners including Third Sector Leeds and local user groups, to make application for pioneer status.


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Leeds City Council
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Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
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