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See A Supported Living Homes' Project Develop In Real Time

In the next few weeks we will see the acquisition and development of our latest supported living homes.  We have chosen one scheme which will demonstrate the innovative manner in which we partner all those with a commitment to a housing with support project, and work towards joint solutions.  Whilst this example places a health department as the ultimate commissioner of services, we also work with other agencies such as social services.

The NHS Improvement Plan (2000) was the one of a series of modern pledges to reshape the health service around the needs and aspirations of patients by putting power in the hands of patients rather than Whitehall, while at the same time ensuring that healthcare is continued to be provided on the basis of need, not ability to pay.  In the NHS Improvement Plan, former Prime Minister Tony Blair said:

'Our aim is to reshape the NHS…so it is not just a national health service but also a personal health service for every patient.'

This offers the binding culture of this housing with support project, operating in tandem with our own Mission Statement.

This supported living home will be frequented by four individuals who are leaving long-term residential establishments. People with long-term conditions are offered integrated assessment and planning of their health, social care and housing needs by the state. They are to have the information they need to make informed decisions about their care, treatment and residency.  The Valuing People White Paper (2001) (and its subsequent updates) recommends that carers or advocates should participate in the assessment.  The Primary Care Trust (PCT) involved has carefully selected those that they perceive will live harmoniously together, receiving in addition the agreement of these patients and of any other significant supporting party; defining the type of property that would suit their needs in the most complete manner, and provide optimum community presence.

The 'support or care' (not housing) contract was put out to tender and involved an open application process. The process entailed writing a proposal and providing a budget for the proposed contract.  By measuring the information provided against the criteria set, the PCT was able to award the contract.

Entrepreneurial care organisations not only bring the support solution to answer a tender's question, they also enlist the services of companies that can remedy the housing aspect too. That is where T.P Properties and its partners enter the process and bring their specific holistic housing expertise.  All parties in the chain have proven track records in their fields and are specifically selected to have the best covenant value possible in the specific case.  T.P Properties will not partner with those without the necessary professionalism and expertise.

Not only do all partners strive to have a good relationship with the PCT, when negotiating contracts they have a proven history of being able to finalise what outputs are expected in a measurable and achievable manner.  If an organisation has been established for a while, they will have a good idea of what they will be able to achieve, to what 'best value' price, and the monitoring systems required.  These often involve lengthy monitoring of all aspects of the project, such as maintaining cost effectiveness, the quality of service and meeting patients’ needs.

For the scheme in question, working with a registered landlord (RP), all possibilities have been considered to meet the housing specification, from current property on sale, to the acquisition of land and building from scratch.  This project has found the most cost effective and future proofed answer to lie in a bungalow property that was for sale on the open market.  It will be converted into a 'Pilling Lane' hybrid model to accommodate the specific needs of one individual in one part of the dwelling, with the others in a more 'shared' setting.

It is with excitement that we look forward to construction completion and tenancy sign-up on this property, and taking you through the purchase, building and adaptation work that will be required to house the four learning disabled prospective tenants, who although able bodied, have some sensory and stability states to manage.  Using local builders (a policy that we try to adhere to in order to support each regional economy) we will soon say farewell to the garage to allow for the building of a new bedroom with en-suite wet room; ramps, rewiring, fire safety, accessibility, turning circles and more are to follow.

This is the first of a number of properties proposed in this initiative, each requiring different solutions.  

It might be of benefit to check out our page of 'FAQs and Definitions' for further explanation of key terms and concepts used during this series of articles.

Should you wish to discuss this project or other supported living homes' ventures, please feel free to contact Alex on alex.chadwick@tpproperties.co.uk; maybe we could help you next time?

1.  Purchase Of The Property

2.  Initial Assessment Visit

3.  Commencement Of Construction

4.  Construction Phase 1

5.  Construction Phase 2

6.  Construction Phase 3

7.  Tenant Sign-Up

8.  Icing On The Cake With More Cake And Biscuits

'...the innovative manner in which we partner all those with a commitment to a housing with support project...'