Freedom of information response

NICE guidance NG6

Publication date: 
Friday 4 September 2020
Request: 

1. Does the Thurrock Council Health and Wellbeing Board have a strategy in place to address the health consequences of cold homes, as recommended by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance on Excess winter deaths and illness and the health risks associated with cold homes (NG6)?

2. Has the Thurrock Council Health and Wellbeing Board commissioned a single-point-of-contact health and housing referral service to help vulnerable people who live in cold homes, as recommended by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance on Excess winter deaths and illness and the health risks associated with cold homes (NG6)?

3. Does the Thurrock Council Health and Wellbeing Board have procedures or policies in place to ensure primary health and home care practitioners assess the heating needs of people who use their services at least once a year, as recommended by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance on Excess winter deaths and illness and the health risks associated with cold homes (NG6)?

4. Does the Thurrock Council Health and Wellbeing Board record or audit compliance with the recommendation referenced in question 3 among primary health and home care practitioners?

5. Does the Thurrock Council Health and Wellbeing Board have procedures or policies in place to ensure that, when a patient is discharged from a health or social care setting, an assessment is carried out into whether they are likely to be vulnerable to the cold and if action is needed to make their home warm enough for them to return to, as recommended by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance on Excess winter deaths and illness and the health risks associated with cold homes (NG6)?

6. Does the Thurrock Council Health and Wellbeing Board record or audit compliance with the recommendation referenced in question 5?

Response: 

1. No

2. The Health and Wellbeing Board has not specifically commissioned a single point of contact health and housing referral service to help vulnerable people who live in cold homes. 

However, the Health and Wellbeing Board is responsible for providing oversight of Thurrock Health and Wellbeing Strategy.  A Strategic Goal within the Health and Wellbeing Strategy is Opportunity for All.   The Health and Wellbeing Board receives updates on the Well Homes Programme as part of Objective 1D, fewer children and adults will live in poverty. 

Public Health fund Wells Homes. A project in Private Housing that helps to improve the housing conditions and the health and wellbeing of residents living in private properties.  The service is open to all private residents but has a particular focus on vulnerable people with long term health conditions. One of the main priorities of the Well Homes Service is to improve residents home environment by removing the hazard of excess cold.

3. The Health and Wellbeing Board does not specifically have procedures or policies in place to ensure primary health and home care practitioners assess the heating needs of people who use their services once a year. 

However, the Well Homes Project carries out an assessment of a vulnerable person identified by a housing, social or health worker referral to make homes safer by reducing the risk of ill health/accidents. This process identifies the effectiveness and efficiency of their heating system and their fuel costs on a case by case basis to support residents reduce their energy costs through energy switch, home insulation and heating improvements to live in a warm efficient home.

No. of well home visits for 2018/19: 81    Total No. people reached :188  *

                                          2019/20:  230 Total No. of people reached:557*

*Total no of people reached is calculated by counting the no. of people living in each home visited.

4. No

5. The Health and Wellbeing Board does not have procedures or policies in place to ensure that, when a patient is discharged from a health or social care setting, an assessment is carried out into whether they are likely to be vulnerable to the cold and if action is needed to make their home warm enough for them to return to.

However, there are statutory requirements under the Care Act which ensures a comprehensive assessment is undertaken when people are discharged from a health or social care setting

6. No

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Request reference:
FOI 10183