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Hidden healthcare

Author:
JOHNSON Robin
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, April 2011, pp.14-17.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Some of the mental health problems that social housing staff have to deal with in their work are discussed. These include paranoia, hoarding and personality disorders. The article highlights how social housing is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in society and argues that social housing should be include in partnerships and joint initiatives to identify needs.

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An idea whose time has come?: mental health, social inclusion and housing

Author:
JOHNSON Robin
Journal article citation:
Housing Care and Support, 8(1), February 2005, pp.24-28.
Publisher:
Emerald

The Social Exclusion Unit (SEU) report on mental health published in summer 2004 had surprisingly little to say about housing. But behind the scenes there has been a ferment of activity and the National Institute for Mental Health for England (NIMHE) has been given the lead role in advancing all central government efforts to create a more joined-up vision of mental health for the 21st century. NIMHE has taken the lead in implementation of the SEU's conclusions and much more besides. A National Project Team on mental health and housing is to come together next year, with a wide-ranging brief. This article looks at some of the issues this new body will take on, including a new focus on research on the links between poor mental health and poor housing, and an evaluation of 'housing-based solutions'. As NIMHE itself is absorbed from April 2005 into the new Care Services Improvement Partnership, the prospects for linking housing with the community care modernisation agenda must be looking up.

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A commentary on: Demonstrating the Effectiveness of Housing Support Services for People with Mental Health Problems: A Review by Nicholas Pleace and Alison Wallace, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York

Author:
JOHNSON Robin
Journal article citation:
Housing Care and Support, 14(4), 2011, pp.127-133.
Publisher:
Emerald

This paper provides a commentary on a recently published study by the Centre for Housing Policy (CHP) which discusses the complexities of research in housing related support in the UK context. It aims to explore the strengths and limitations of the study; and the potential wider relevance outside the UK research context. The CHP report raises important questions over the complexities of evidencing innovative services. Despite some omissions, it should be helpful to health local commissioners in assessing the value of services; and the further research the report proposes is to be welcomed. The report also provides an introduction to “housing related support” for an international research audience, less familiar with the UK social policy and funding context.

Journal article

Public health and social housing: a natural alliance

Author:
JOHNSON Robin
Journal article citation:
Housing Care and Support, 14(1), 2011, pp.6-14.
Publisher:
Emerald

In November 2010, the UK Coalition Government unveiled its White Paper on the future course of the new national public health services. The White Paper offers significant advances in the promotion of public health, and especially the role of local government in brokering local partnerships. The aim of this paper is to summarise and comment on evolving UK policy in public health and social housing, using mental health is as an example. It especially aims to outline the gaps in conventional health research approaches that have tended to obscure the evidence and potential in collaborative working. The paper describes how the evidence base relating to public health policy remains scattered across different disciplines and their various disparate communication channels. Any new public health strategy focussed on health inequalities needs to recognise the role that social housing already plays in supporting concentrations of the more vulnerable. Better recognition of the everyday social and mental health problems that social housing staff deal with illustrates the central role of housing management as the defining factor in social housing, and the potential for partnerships with public health.

Journal article

Social psychiatry and social policy for the 21st century - new concepts for new needs: the ‘psychologically-informed environment’

Authors:
JOHNSON Robin, HAIGH Rex
Journal article citation:
Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 14(4), November 2010, pp.30-35.
Publisher:
Emerald

There are many modern-day environments in which the original therapeutic community (TC) model has been unable to make headway. This paper describes new ideas have been emerging over recent years for the development of institutions and services that can be adapted to a wide range of psychological needs and settings, such as homelessness hostels and refuges. It proposes that where the concept of a TC was unable to go, the more flexible and adaptable concept of a psychologically-informed environment (PIE) can be applied. The PIE approach seems to offer greater flexibility in scope than the TC model. With its stress on reflective practice in frontline services, the PIE approach, along with its counterpart the psychologically-informed planned environment (PIPE) for high risk or security settings, aim to revitalise discussion over how best to manage the psychological and emotional needs of some of the most excluded from society and to support them into recovery.

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Medical-social divide hindering homeless people

Author:
JOHNSON Robin
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 12.8.10, 2010, p.28.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The need for homelessness services to develop a greater understanding of the emotional needs of homeless people is highlighted. The author draws on the new guidance 'Meeting the psychological and emotional needs of people who are homeless' issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the government's National Mental Health Development Unit.

Journal article

This is not a pipe

Author:
JOHNSON Robin
Journal article citation:
A Life in the Day, 13(2), May 2009, pp.26-27.
Publisher:
Emerald

This article explores the role that housing support workers can have in reaching out to and engaging with individuals who would ordinarily be reluctant to put themselves in the hands of conventional care or therapy services.

Journal article

Bringing it all back home: mental health and housing

Author:
JOHNSON Robin
Journal article citation:
Housing Care and Support, 11(3), November 2008, pp.30-35.
Publisher:
Emerald

This article calls for better co-operation and co-ordination between mental health and housing support services, and greater recognition of the important role of social housing in community mental health care. The article was originally published as: Johnson R (2008) A Life in the Day 12(2), pp.9-13.

Journal article

Innovation, local engagement and leadership; the future of supported housing in mental health

Authors:
JOHNSON Robin, ROBINSON Zoe
Journal article citation:
Housing Care and Support, 11(1), July 2008, pp.20-25.
Publisher:
Emerald

The new local government performance framework, in combination with the move to greater personalisation in services, creates a very new funding environment for housing with care and support. From the Public Service Agreement (PSA) on achieving settled accommodation for individuals at risk of exclusion, through to the impact of local joint strategic needs assessments and individual budgets, the principles and mechanisms of the new joint commissioning culture create more opportunities for providers to articulate the needs of the client group served, and to assert the case for more joined-up and responsive services. This may require different skills and new styles of leadership at local level, and providers who have become adept at being competitors may need to re-discover the skills of partnership. Meanwhile, new social exclusion policy frameworks are emerging for supported accommodation, which can support moves way from institutional care for those with mental health problems. This author discusses this changing environment.

Journal article

Bringing it all back home

Author:
JOHNSON Robin
Journal article citation:
A Life in the Day, 12(2), May 2008, pp.9-13.
Publisher:
Emerald

This article provides a broad overview of relations between mental health and housing service over recent years. The article draws on the findings of the Northern Centre for Mental Health commissioned study in 2003 on the views and experiences of staff working in social housing, published in 2006. The author calls for better co-operation and co-ordination between mental health and housing support services, and greater recognition of the important role of social housing in community mental health care.

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