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The research network was established in 2005 to bring together researchers interested in the role of housing in social care. The network holds two meetings in London each year, in spring and autumn, plus a lunchtime meeting at the annual British Society of Gerontology (BSG) conference, which is usually held in September.

The network is intended primarily to provide a forum for the views of researchers, but it is also intended to provide a means of communicating with commissioners, policy makers and end users.

The network supports a range of activities, including:

A mailing list (HCOPRNET) has been set up on JISCmail (the National Academic Mailing List Service), and members will only be contacted via the mailing list. To join the mailing list, either go to www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/hcoprnet.html, or send an e-mail to Jane Dennett (J.Dennett@kent.ac.uk) and ask her to sign you up.

The PSSRU at the University of Kent is coordinating the network. The PSSRU is a partner in the School for Social Care Research (SSCR), which is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and the SSCR is supporting the PSSRU in this activity.

For further information about the network, please contact Robin Darton (R.A.Darton@kent.ac.uk) or Jane Dennett (J.Dennett@kent.ac.uk).

Previous meetings

Notes of previous meetings

16th March 2011
14th April 2010
14th October 2009
22nd April 2009
22nd October 2008
9th April 2008
24th October 2007
17th April 2007
9th November 2006
25th April 2006
17th October 2005
15th July 2005
19th April 2005

Presentations at previous meetings

6th July 2011

Simon Evans (University of the West of England)
Climate Change and Services for Older People
(See Recent publications for details of joint BSG / ILC-UK thinkpiece on Climate Change and Sustainable Public Services.)

Alan Lewis (University of Manchester)
Sustainable Energy Efficient Housing for Older People
(Alan is currently working on a project entitled 'Conditioning Demand: Older People, Diversity and Thermal Experience'. Details of the project are available here.)

Copies of the presentations are available to download: Evans [PowerPoint file, 1.57MB] and Lewis [PowerPoint file, 2.74MB].

16th March 2011

Judy Torrington and Alan Lewis (University of Sheffield)
EVOLVE – Evaluation of Older People’s Living Environments
(See Recent publications for details of EVOLVE tool.)

A copy of the presentation is available to download [PowerPoint file, 2.7MB].

14th April 2010

Sarah Vallelly (Housing 21) and Jill Manthorpe (King’s College London)
“Building Choices” – The Impact of Personalisation on Extra Care Housing

A copy of the presentation is available to download [PowerPoint file, 2.5MB].

14th October 2009

Paul Nash (Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University)
Are We Meeting the Needs of Older People in Wales? Comparative Measures of Frailty in Three Care Settings

A copy of the presentation is available to download [PowerPoint file, 3.17MB].

3rd September 2009

Sheila Peace (Open University)
The Ideal Home Game

Karen Croucher (Centre for Housing Policy, University of York)
Development of the Deck of Cards for the EAC Housing for Older People Awards

22nd April 2009

Karen Croucher (Centre for Housing Policy, University of York)
Hartfields: Telling the Story

A copy of the presentation is available to download [PowerPoint file, 1.73MB].

22nd October 2008

Robin Darton and Theresia Bäumker (PSSRU, University of Kent)
The PSSRU Evaluation of the Extra Care Housing Funding Initiative

A copy of the presentation is available to download [PowerPoint file, 775KB].

5th September 2008

John Galvin (Elderly Accommodation Counsel)
Information is Key – The Role of the National Database of Housing for Older People

The presentation is available to download in two formats: two to a page [Acrobat file, 1.5MB] and six to a page [Acrobat file, 753KB].

9th April 2008

Dawn Brooker (School of Health Studies, University of Bradford)
The Enriched Opportunities Programme: Maximising Well-Being of Older People in Extra Care Housing

A copy of the presentation is available to download [PowerPoint file, 1.75MB].

24th October 2007

Simon Evans (Health Training and Research Centre, University of the West of England) and Sarah Vallelly (Housing 21)
Bingo and Beyond: Promoting Social Well-Being in Extra Care Housing

A copy of the presentation is available to download [large PowerPoint file, 8.88MB].

7th September 2007

A symposium on Capturing daily life in retirement developments: methodological issues was held at the British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference in Sheffield.

Copies of the presentations are available to download as PowerPoint files, and the symposium abstract as a Word file, as follows:

Abstract [30KB]

Karen Croucher, University of York – ‘Hartfields: what documentary evidence does, and doesn’t tell us’. [62KB]

Julienne Hanson, University College London - ‘Remodelling sheltered housing and residential care: methodological challenges’. [large file – 4.79MB]

Bernadette Bartlam Keele University – ‘Denham Garden Village: the challenges of developing a participatory action research project’. [230KB]

Robin Darton, University of Kent - ‘DH supported schemes: self-completed or interviewer-administered tools; and staff or residents as respondents?’. [74KB]

Simon Evans, University of the West of England, Bristol - ‘Research or marketing? The challenges of managing relationships with funders’. [267KB]

Sheila Peace, Open University (Discussant) - ‘Capturing Daily Life in Retirement Developments: Methodological Issues’. [124KB]

17th April 2007

Anthea Tinker and Fay Wright (Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London)
Remodelling Sheltered Housing and Residential Care Homes to Extra Care Housing: Some Findings

A copy of the presentation is available to download [PowerPoint file, 53KB].

9th November 2006

Julienne Hanson (Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London)
Lifestyle Monitoring as a Predictive Tool in Telecare: The Inside Story

A public version of the presentation is available to download [PowerPoint file, 502KB].

25th April 2006

Karen Croucher (Centre for Housing Policy, University of York)
Housing with Care for Later Life: Expectations, Evidence, and Reality

Synopsis: This presentation draws on a recently published extensive review of the evidence related to the effectiveness of housing with care for later life, and the emerging findings from an on-going longitudinal study of seven different housing with care schemes for older people to explore how well new and emerging models of housing meet the expectations of policymakers and older people, particularly around the key issues of: choice, care provision, and community.

The summary can be downloaded from the JRF website.
The main report is available as a free PDF download or as a paperback report, priced £14.95.

Related events

19th November 2009

A feedback day on the PSSRU evaluation of the Extra Care Housing Initiative was held at the Department of Health.

Presentations from this event and supporting documents are available to download from the PSSRU website.

8th October 2008

A feedback day on the PSSRU evaluation of the Extra Care Housing Initiative was held at the Department of Health.

Presentations from this event and supporting documents are available to download from the PSSRU website.

29th November 2007

A feedback day on the PSSRU evaluation of the Extra Care Housing Initiative was held at the Department of Health.

Presentations from this event and supporting documents are available to download from the PSSRU website.

Recent publications

(Most links in this section will take you to external websites.)

NEW Climate Change and and Sustainable Public Services (Simon Evans)
ILC-UK website: link to joint BSG / ILC-UK thinkpiece.

EVOLVE Tool - Evaluation of Older People's Living Environments (Alan Lewis, Judith Torrington, Sarah Barnes, Robin Darton, Jacquetta Holder, Kevin McKee, Ann Netten and Alison Orrell)
Housing LIN website: download zip file containing electronic version of the tool and instructions for use.

Ageing in Place: A French-British Comparison of Adaptations to Home and Housing Environments (Jim Ogg, Sylvie Renaut, Sarah Hillcoat-Nallétamby and Catherine Bonvalet)
Summary of key project findings [9 pages, pdf, 192KB]

Community and Ageing: Maintaining Quality of Life in Housing with Care Settings (Simon Evans)
Policy Press website: publication details.

Costs and Outcomes of an Extra-Care Housing Scheme in Bradford (Theresia Bäumker, Ann Netten and Robin Darton)
Joseph Rowntree Foundation website: summary and link to report.

Evaluation of the Extra Care Housing Funding Initiative (Ann Netten, Robin Darton, Theresia Bäumker, Lisa Callaghan and Jacquetta Holder)
Summary of Initial Findings [4 pages, pdf, 85KB]
Initial Report [103 pages, pdf, 647KB]
Interim Report on Study of Social Well-Being [61 pages, pdf, 357KB]

Journal of Care Services Management, Volume 3, Number 3, April-June 2009. Special Issue: Housing and Dementia (Guest Edited by Sue Garwood)
Journal website

Remodelling Sheltered Housing and Residential Care Homes to Extra Care Housing (Anthea Tinker, Fay Wright and colleagues)
Summary [4 pages, pdf, 147KB]
Report [19 pages, pdf, 1.83MB]

Research by the Centre for Housing Policy, University of York (Karen Croucher, Nicholas Pleace and colleagues)

Social Well-Being in Extra Care Housing (Simon Evans and Sarah Vallelly)
Joseph Rowntree Foundation website: summary and link to report.

Telling the Story of Hartfields: A New Retirement Village for the Twenty-First Century (Karen Croucher and Mark Bevan)
Joseph Rowntree Foundation website: summary and link to report.

The Development of Social Well-Being in New Extra Care Housing Schemes (Lisa Callaghan, Ann Netten and Robin Darton)
Joseph Rowntree Foundation website: summary and link to report.

The Impact of Personalisation on Older People’s Housing (Building Choices Part 2: ‘Getting Personal’) (Sarah Vallelly and Jill Manthorpe)
Housing 21 website: link to report and other Housing 21 publications.

To Move or Not to Move? Residential Relocation Behaviour Amongst Older Citizens in Wales (Sarah Hillcoat-Nallétamby and Jim Ogg)
Young Foundation website: details and link to report.

Links to other useful sites

British Society of Gerontology

Elderly Accommodation Counsel

Housing LIN (Learning and Improvement Network)

Housing Studies Association

National Care Home Research and Development Forum
contact Julienne Meyer, Professor of Nursing: Care for Older People, City University. j.meyer@city.ac.uk

Centre for Policy on Ageing – NDAR (National Database of Ageing Research)

Page last amended: 15/7/11