Our starting point
We work with many different partners, but we always like to start with the commissioning officers at the Local Authority, Mental Health Trusts or the NHS.
As a responsible partner working in this sector, we strive to work openly and in collaboration with all key-stakeholders, to ensure we are each working to the same ends.
Many Local Authorities (LA) are currently undergoing housing needs surveys, to identify what current housing stock is available, what vacancy levels there are and in turn where shortages lay. We hear from our colleagues at different LAs that there are a number of drivers that are increasing the need for more appropriate, more cost effective supported housing, some of which are:
- Increasing demographic growth, for people with support need
- Changes in policy and thinking and redressing inappropriate placements of people in long term residential care
- Impacts of the Winterbourne Review, to re-locate 1,200 people from long term hospital care to appropriate housing
- Bringing people back from expensive Out of County placements
Henley Healthcare Investments in action
Once the need is clearly identified, then Henley can become a very quick and effective player in the system. A number of things will happen simultaneously.
Confirm Operating Partners
- We will engage with Registered Social Landlords who operate in a particular authority, and indeed we are open to working with preferred established housing partners.
- The commissioner will need to identify and commission the care operator, to provide core hours of care and support
Agree Rents and Nominations
- Working with the Registered Social Landlords (RSL’s), we will cost out a full financial appraisal of the service, and qualify all housing costs with Housing Benefit
- Working with the commissioning authority and the RSL, we will agree terms of nominations and void cover. When all partners are identified, we will help prepare and negotiate tripartite service level agreements
- The RSL will enter into a 25 year lease with Henley Healthcare Investments for the running and management of the housing for the long term
Source and Acquire Property
- Research identified geographic areas, and source potential schemes for consideration
- Once a scheme gets the green light, Henley will progress with the acquisition of the property
- Working with commissioners, housing colleagues, RSLs and care operators, any adaptations or assistive technologies will be built into the building
- The building is made available for occupation
LAs face significant cut-backs in social care budgets whilst still needing to provide first class services to an ever-increasing demographic of people. Henley have the cost-neutral solution to the problem.
We work with a wide range of Housing Associations, charities and care operators to offer an alternative to the default “developer” scenario, which we know is neither feasible nor desirable.
At Henley we have demand for housing right across the country and are looking to acquire suitable housing stock for new build, open market property, off-plan sales or development opportunities.
Our shared vision is for integrated care and support to become the norm in the next five years… National and local organisations need to take urgent and sustained action to make integrated care and support happen.Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health