Housing 21 to receive £358k to benefit patients

Housing 21 is to get more than £358K to test and develop innovative approaches to improve health and wellbeing, Care Services Minister Paul Burstow announced. 

Voluntary sector organisations submitted funding bids to the Department of Health setting out how they could help their communities by improving care for thousands of vulnerable people.

Housing 21 will use the funding to extend its successful community-based Dementia Voice Nurse (DVN) service, which currently operates in Westminster, to two further locations in Ashford and Bristol over the next three years. The Dementia Voice Nurses will be expert practitioners in dementia and end of life care, as well as advocates and facilitators.  They will, where appropriate, be able to take on the (often unfilled) critical role of co-ordinating services and providing a link with GPs and other healthcare practitioners and work towards influencing the development of effective palliative care for people with dementia locally.

To celebrate this grant funding, Care Services Minister Paul Burstow held a round table with members of voluntary sector organisations including the Royal National Institute of Blind People, Cool2Care and the Council for Disabled Children. 

Paul Burstow said: “This new funding will improve the lives of thousands of people across England, helping them to lead healthier and more independent lives. It is crucial that we continue to champion our voluntary organisations, because their expertise allows them to design and develop innovative solutions to the big challenges we face in health, public health and social care."

“These exciting projects are more than worthy of our support and I am delighted that the money will be spent on providing individuals and local communities with the tools to tackle health and wellbeing.”

Rachael Dutton, research manager for Housing 21 said: “We are delighted to have been granted this funding from the Department of Health. We believe that it is a fundamental right that people with dementia should be able to live, and be able to die, with dignity in the locations they choose; a right that they often currently do not have.

“Following the very positive findings from the evaluation of our DVN pilot in Westminster, this funding will enable us to further develop and evaluate the DVN model, build up a strong evidence base, allowing us to proactively expand and market our service across further localities.”