One Housing deal to cut NHS mental health costs by 80%
One Housing Group is in advanced talks with an NHS foundation trust to provide housing for mental health patients using undeveloped NHS land.
The proposed tie-up would be one of the first partnerships between a housing association and a health organisation to provide clinical services.
Kevin Beirne, director of care and support at the 13,000-home landlord, said the deal with the London-based trust could save up to four fifths of the estimated £3,000 per week the NHS spends on in-hospital care for mental health patients per person.
One Housing would provide supported housing for around 30 to 40 current inpatients, using land provided by the trust.
Mr Beirne said it would look to sign further agreements with other NHS trusts and had around 160 bed spaces available. It also has plans to build around the same number again over the next three years.
‘It replaces hospital beds with high-quality supported housing,’ he said. ‘There’s massive potential and we will have discussions with a number of other trusts which are keen to explore how to use land to lever in new supported housing.’
Meanwhile, Midland Heart is in conversation with 2gether trust in the west midlands over a similar partnership to provide in-house care to hospital patients. The deal would see the 32,000-home landlord provide homes and social support, while 2gether trust supplies clinical services.
Midland Heart and One Housing this year also became the first housing providers to join the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network.