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Drawing Health Professionals into Housing Design
Fri 19 May 2017, 09:30 – 13:00 BST
You are warmly invited to take part in a unique opportunity for professionals working in a range of health fields to shape the design of new homes!
The “Future Homes Newcastle” project is looking to develop innovative, pioneering homes which will be digitally enabled, low energy and suitable for anyone regardless of their life-stage. The project is drawing on existing academic literature on housing, older people’s views, the know-how of innovative companies and the expertise of health professionals. Partners include Newcastle University, Karbon Homes, Ryder Architecture, Elders Council, Newcastle City Council, Zero Carbon Futures and The Sustainable Communities Initiative. Four demonstrator apartments will be constructed in Newcastle before the development of approximately 35 homes (http://www.newcastlecityfutures.org/projects/future-homes/).
This is the first of three half-day events taking place between May and July which will allow a diverse group of health professionals to contribute to the design of the Future Homes through an iterative process with architects. These workshops allow you the opportunity to be involved in creating healthy living environments right from the outset.
Health professionals we are seeking include: occupational therapists; physiotherapists; psychologists; specialist nurses (e.g. occupational health, mental health, opthalmic, dementia, geriatric, Parkinson's and other conditions); district nurses; professional careworkers; and rehabilitation officers. However, we welcome any other professionals working for any organisation, whether in the public, private or voluntary and community sector, as long as you have frontline experience with patients and an interest in how the design of housing environments can be improved.
The first event will include a presentation from independent occupational therapist Marney Walker who has over 25 years of experience spanning health, social care and housing and who has been advising on new build and refurbishments of Extra Care and Supported Housing since 2003.
The second and third events will take place on the mornings of Tuesday 13 June and Thursday 6 July which will allow you to see how your contributions are influencing the designs and allow you the opportunity to contribute further. Please don't miss out on this unique opportunity to have a real impact on the design of innovative future homes!