Health and Wellbeing Panel

Where we live, work and learn can have a huge impact on our health and wellbeing. From a healthy home environment to the design of public spaces and access to community resources, there are many ways our environment contributes to a longer and healthier life.

Ideally, as people age (or if they have physical or cognitive impairments) they should be looked after in their familiar home surroundings. The homes and buildings that people spend most of their time in should be adjustable to the circumstances of their health and wellbeing. They should be adaptable to accommodate impairment and ageing.

The purpose of the Health and Wellbeing panel is to accelerate and extend the national debate between all stakeholders involved in the creation and use of Caring Homes and the associated policies around them. Concerned with the health of the people inside the buildings, the premise is simple: wellbeing doesn’t begin at 65, it is something we need to consider all of our adult lives.

This planning is complex however, and involves multiple stakeholders including architects, builders, care providers and individuals. It is not confined to new build as 80% of the housing stock in this country will still be in use in 50 years’ time, so refurbishment and renewal is an important consideration. In addition, in support of the NHS Five Year Forward View, this improved home environment must enable a new model of care whereby individuals are incentivised to self-care at home, where more care is delivered by the statutory services at home.

Another aspect of this panel is the promotion of the assisted living ready home. The building industry has long since built houses that are incompatible with peoples assisted living needs. Most public areas, shops or commercial premises must have wheelchair access, but the same cannot be said for all homes! For this reason, listing requirements for homes in which everyone can grow old safely is an essential objective for the Panel.

The Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Panel is chaired by Director of SH&BA, Dr Richard Curry.

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The Caring Home

SH&BA’s Health and Wellbeing panel in conjunction with Portsmouth University has developed the concept of the Caring Home. It describes what is required and identifies what needs to be done to reach the goal of all homes being ‘Caring Homes’.

One strand of the panel is to pursue and develop a consultation document entitled “The Caring Home”. This work is led by Dr Richard Curry, SH&BA Director. This work is now being reviewed by stakeholder groups.

Last year the panel prepared input for the “The Caring Home” Conference, a meeting at The Royal Society of Medicine held in London on 24th November 2015. One of the major issues that emerged from this conference was how much more work needs to be done before Caring Home are widely available and the security issues surrounding the Caring Home (see Security Panel for more details).

A Caring Home is a combination of a smart (or connected) home coupled with adaptations and remote care services, all of which are configured to meet the needs and wants of the resident. The Caring Home is part of a care eco-system with facilities ranging from relevant care information sources to response services. In turn, this eco-system should be part of a smart neighbourhood.

Take part in the Health and Wellbeing Panel

The next meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Panel will be in early 2019. SH&BA Members attend free; non members pay £50.00 to cover the day delegate costs. Members will be advised the discount code. Joining instructions will be given on registration.

Other activities of the Health and Wellbeing Panel are to keep members posted on the activities of the NHS, Social systems and incentives by UK Government to deliver innovative systems that help keep people healthy as they age and support them in infirmity. This has led to projects such as CHIRON. We also look at initiatives such as the Industry Strategy Challenge Fund in the area of health which is concentrating on Ageing Society.

Health and Wellbeing Projects


Members of this panel were involved in the successful application for the Long Term Care Revolution Project CHIRON under SBRI. CHIRON was a fully funded £2.16 Million project that delivered intelligent power assisted systems to help people live better and longer at home. The resultant system was a ceiling/gantry mounted robot that delivered modular, intuitive and simple assistance for people, their families and carers to use with verbal instructions. This project is now completed and we are seeking ways in which it can be carried forward.

The Shape of Things

We held a conference in April to report on the project and we would like to note that there will be another conference from the care organisation and robotics people involved in CHIRON on the 4th December.


Homes and housing for the older population – answering the social, economic and technological questions

SH&BA Member ALLIA is holding a workshop to share and consolidate information about what older people want, what new housing and accommodation needs to look like and how to make innovative designed-in features and retrofit economically viable and value-adding. This will be on.

Monday 26th November between 1:30pm and 4:30pm at the Future Business Centre Cambridge (

Helping older people age-in-place represents an opportunity that crosses traditional social, economic and technological boundaries. The majority of older people prefer to remain living at home as long as possible, local authorities would like to reduce the number of older people losing their autonomy and independence and drawing on adult social care services, construction companies and developers want to better understand how designing in or retrofitting innovative features to their housing products could lead to greater brand differentiation and competitive advantage and silver economy innovators want a market for their products and services.We are inviting a wide range of organisations and individuals with an interest or concern in the area of housing including local authority planners, professional bodies, house builders and developers, architects, housing organisations, key charities and housing action groups as well as smart homes pioneers and innovators, so it will be a valuable networking and information sharing event.

We will provide the registration details as soon as they are to hand.

ISCF Ageing Society

Members of SH&BA have been involved with workshops associated with Healthy Ageing. According to the Innovate UK website “Through the Industrial Strategy Fund, we have already invested £98 million for innovation in Healthy Ageing.” It is understood that these funds and potentially more will be delivered to large scale projects in two Waves. As yet this does not seem to have reached delivery to projects and indeed no substantive calls have been announced. What is known is that the government (UK Research and Innovation – UKRI) is aiming at between 3 and 8 large scale demonstrators in Wave 2 and two or three large collaborative consortia led implementations in Wave 3.

The themes of the demonstrators of Wave 2 may include

1. Sustaining physical activity
2. Designing for age-friendly homes
3. Maintaining health at work
4. Managing common complaints of ageing
5. Creating healthy and active places
6. Care support for people with cognitive
7. Reducing social isolation

and Wave 3 may seek to look at how we provide large amounts of care related smart housing for the ageing society. BRE and the Agile Ageing Alliance are understood to both be planning to deliver a presence in Wave 3.

UKRI/Innovate UK has also created a collaboration tool at  so that people can start building their own consortia. SH&BA would be interested in people who may be interested and it is quite possible that we will be able to set a demonstrator or consortium up when the funding calls are announced.Other Areas

Housing LIN

SH&BA also subscribes to Housing LIN and would bring your attention to their report on the recent Innovative Housing Models for an ageing population workshop. See also

The panel will represent one way in which the project can be influenced by a wide range of stakeholders. SH&BA (2016) is a partner in this project and this work is led by Dr Richard Curry.