Hospital Discharge Project
Home Energy Efficiency Training (HEET)
Whipps Cross Integrated Hospital Team, Metropolitan, British Red Cross, Papworth Trus
HEET worked with the three main hospitals in the London Boroughs of Waltham Forest and Enfield. The service provided a single point of referral for patients at risk of hospital admission or delayed discharge because of health concerns relating to living in a cold home. Hospital social workers, reablement teams, community nurses and voluntary or community sector partners commissioned by the Clinical Commissioning Group could all refer into HEET’s scheme.
Referred patients received a detailed home energy check and energy saving advice from HEET. The installation of low-cost energy saving measures were carried out during a second visit. Measures were fitted by HEET’s in-house handypersons and engineers and included loft insulation, draught proofing, radiator panels, low-energy light bulbs, boiler repairs and heating control upgrades. Sub-contractors were also used for some heating repairs and cavity wall insulation.
HEET was able to reach fuel-poor households in real need at a time in their life when they were especially vulnerable to the adverse health effects of living in a cold house. Furthermore, this project helped HEET to integrate its services into mainstream health provision, helping people to stay affordably warm, preventing cold related ill-health and reducing winter pressures on our local hospital.
NEA have awarded a further grant to HEET to continue their project and the delivery of measures to an additional 42 eligible households in 2017/18.
Local authority area/key locations in which project will be delivered:
London Borough of Waltham Forest, London Borough of Redbridge, West Essex – Epping Forest
Details of measures installed:
A grant of up to £500 per eligible household was used to provide low cost energy efficiency interventions. Measures could include insulation, draughtproofing, heating repairs and a range of other specified products as required by the household.
ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS ASSISTED (to 31st March 2017)
NEA grant with GAP funding