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RTPI signs national commitment to improve health through housing

23 March 2018

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Housing plays an essential role in health and wellbeing – homes provide the foundation for healthy, independent, successful lives - and should play a greater role in joined up action on improving health and better health and social care services, says the RTPI.

The RTPI has reaffirmed its commitment this week - along with 25 other government, health and built environment organisations – to joint action to promote better health and well being outcomes.

The National Memorandum of Understanding – also signed by the NHS England, Local Government Association and Ministry of Housing – says cross-sector partnerships are key to providing healthy homes, communities and neighbourhoods. It says the right home environment is essential to health and well-being throughout a person’s life.

Sarah Lewis MRTPI, RTPI Practice Officer said:

“We know decent, affordable housing is a key factor in determining health for some time. Our involvement in this national commitment is to promote a wider understanding of how better strategic planning can help ensure homes, of various types and tenures, are built in the right places supported by infrastructure, so that we are not just building homes but vibrant, healthy communities.”

In recent years, the RTPI has published research which demonstrates the vital role that planning can play in delivering improvements to health and how it can create better places for people living with dementia.

Read the National Memorandum of Understanding: Improving Health and Care through the home.

Want to learn how to make healthy places?

The Institute is running a number of events in 2018 that will teach practioners how to help create healthy places. Find out more here.

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