Current Projects

This page provides a brief overview of a number of projects that the Housing LIN is involved in. They include both new resources we have commissioned and research and/or good practice projects that we have been invited to participate in. While some projects have been extended due to the pandemic, where known, we indicate when these projects are now due for completion.

Collaborative housing and innovative practice in social care (CHIC) (opens new window)

This 30-month project (begun in March 2021) led by the University of Bristol, is funded by the National Institute of Healthcare Research – School for Social Care Research and aims to bring an insight into the potential of different forms of collaborative housing in relation to social care needs in later life. It should prove of value to those planning, designing and commissioning decisions at the interface of housing and care, as well as wider policy makers; to those current providers of housing and care aiming to improve practice in respect of resident participation in the design and management of schemes; and finally to inform practice around ageing among the very diverse and growing collaborative housing sector itself.

The Housing LIN is delighted to be part of the research team, drawing on our work on CollaborAGE. Other members include experts on housing, collaborative and community-led housing, sociology, social gerontology, social policy and social care.

Technology for our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (TAPPI) Inquiry

The Housing LIN has set up a 6 month Inquiry to review latest sector innovations and develop a benchmark for what ‘good’ looks like in technology for housing and care for an ageing population. Funded by the Dunhill Medical trust, the TAPPI Inquiry is due to report in Summer 2021.

The SCIE Commission on the Role of Housing in the Future of Care and Support (opens new window)

Also funded by The Dunhill Medical Trust, SCIE has set up a new commission to develop an evidence-based vision and roadmap for housing in the future of care and support and recommend policy changes to inform the Government’s thinking on the long-term plan for social care.

TSA/ADASS Commission (opens new window)

The Housing LIN has been appointed a Commissioner on a TEC Services Association / Association of Directors of Adult Social Services Commission to explore how better access to technology could improve joint working between health, social care and housing and offer more preventative, responsive support, shaped around the individual. The Commission is due to report at the TSA conference 23-25 March 2021.

Designing Homes for Healthy Cognitive Ageing: Co-Production for Impact and Scale (opens new window)

The University of Stirling have got the green light from the UK Research & Innovation healthy ageing challenge to research into designing homes for healthy cognitive Ageing: Co-Production for impact and scale (DesHCA). The Housing LIN is delighted to be one of the non-academic partners in this international research project to create future-proof housing to meet the needs of the world’s ageing population.

Led by Professor Alison Bowes, the project will bring together Scotland’s leading experts on dementia and dementia design, the building industry, architects, housing providers and people in the community. It is being supported by the royal charity Silviahemmet (also a member of the Housing LIN’s TAPPI Panel). Hot on the heels of the recent APPG housing and dementia report, it will work together to identify housing innovations that can better support people living with cognitive conditions, such as dementia, for longer.

Hackney Downsizers’ Project

This NIHR SSCR funded research project led by the Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield focuses on two rehousing programmes run by Hackney Council - Downsizing and Regeneration. It is interested in the experiences of older (aged 55+ years) social housing tenants of these programmes. The research aims to show how well the Downsizing and Regeneration programmes work for older social housing tenants, what improvements can be made and whether rehousing under these programmes leads to health and wellbeing benefits, and addresses inequalities. Due to report later this year.

INVITE: Promoting INclusive liVing vIa Technology-Enabled support (opens new window)

The Housing LIN is delighted to be a member of the Advisory Group of this research project being undertaken by the University of Stirling with Stonewater Housing Association, as referenced in the recent APPG Inquiry report, Housing for people with dementia: Are we ready?  Funded by the the Longleigh Foundation, the research will work with Stonewater’s retirement communities and their families in three localities of England – Eastbourne, Hereford and Nottingham, to investigate the success of assistive and everyday technologies in retirement living schemes and what further technologies might be required in the future. The interim project scoping report was published to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week 2021. The full findings are due in Summer 2022.

Diversity In Care Environments (DICE) - Promoting Social Inclusion in Housing with Care and Support for Older People in England & Wales

University of Bristol’s DICE Project (opens new window) is a two-and-a-half-year study which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Its broad aim is to explore the social inclusion of older people from socially diverse backgrounds living in housing with care and support schemes in England and Wales in order to benefit social wellbeing, bolster against social exclusion, social isolation and marginalisation, and promote social cohesion in housing with care and support schemes. The project is due to complete in December 2021.

Jeremy Porteus, Housing LIN Chief Executive will be acting as a consultant on the DICE Project.

IMPACT (Improving Adult Care Together)

The Housing LIN will be partnering with the University of Birmingham, as part of a broader consortium of key stakeholders from across the four nations of the UK, to develop a brand new Centre for adult social care, IMPACT (Improving Adult Care Together) which will aim to put evidence into practice to promote and maintain people’s independence and wellbeing.

The new Centre called IMPACT (Improving Adult Care Together) has received 6 years funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, and the Health Foundation, and will be the first Centre of its kind in the UK. The Housing LIN will be part of the  IMPACT consortium, working with a wide range of academic, policy and practice partners, carers and people with lived experience of using social care services to help develop and lead a programme of innovation and improvement. 

Jon Glasby, Professor of Health and Social Care at the University of Birmingham, will:

  • Lead the way in helping people working in adult social care, carers, and the people they support make better use of high-quality, practice-based evidence to support innovation in adult social care
  • Build capacity and skills in the adult social care workforce
  • Help develop sustainable and productive relationships between all of those working across adult social care
  • Improve our understanding of what helps or hinders when putting evidence into practice

Supporting People Living with Dementia in Extra Care Housing (DemECH) (opens new window)

The Supporting People Living with Dementia in Extra Care Housing (DemECH) project is an 18-month study funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research and led by the University of Worcester which uses a mixed methods approach to explore how Extra Care Housing can help people to live well with dementia.

The Housing LIN is delighted to be a partner on the project, investigating the advantages and disadvantages of three different models:

  • separate area or unit for people living with dementia
  • an integrated approach by supporting people living with dementia alongside residents without dementia; and
  • schemes that are exclusive for people living with dementia.

The study findings will be shared in a Key Insight Booklet to guide future Extra Care Housing development alongside video and audio diaries sharing direct experience of people living with dementia and their experience of Extra Care Housing. These will be targeted at commissioners, health and social care practitioners, older people, people living with dementia, and their families.


Forthcoming major Housing LIN publications on:

  • Later Living Campaign: In partnership with Shakespeare Martineau other stakeholders, we are currently undertaking a state of the nation survey to better understand the perceptions of later life housing amongst a sample of the general population and operators of retirement housing. Due to report to Spring 2021.

We also have a range of new Housing LIN case studies, reports, guest blogs and viewpoints in the pipeline. Register to get regular updates and receive our weekly bulletin HLINks  to finds out what's new and/or to take part in 'calls for information.

To view all the latest Housing LIN case studies, reports, blogs and viewpoints, best to visit our News webpage.

If you would like further information any of the above or would like to discuss other projects that you think will be of interest to the Housing LIN, email us at

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