NPSS conference – a review

The fourth annual NPSS National Conference was held on 3rdand 4thJuly; and as partners in building Housing Jigsaw, Housing Partners were asked to be sponsors of the event. This year was another fantastic occasion, with hugely informative talks from experts across the sector and representatives from local authorities up and down the country.

Over 350 delegates attended the Conference, which was held in the stunning Oculus building at the University of Warwick. This year saw a packed agenda, with a clear focus on the HRA and provided opportunities for delegates to learn more about our Housing Jigsaw suite of products. One attendee commented that it was:

“Another amazing conference delivered by NPSS, the speakers were current/relevant and I came away with some really useful and helpful information that I will take back to my organisation. Experts were always happy to address any questions during the conference.”

The Conference: an overview

This year’s NPSS National Conference dug deep into the HRA and its early implications since coming into law back in April.

As well as insightful plenary sessions, including policy updates from MHCLG, there were insights and panel discussions from the Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Housing Executive along with the trailblazer authorities throughout the two-day conference.

The breakout sessions provided deep insight, debate and ideas, as well as experience-sharing opportunities as professionals from all over the UK converged to hear key insights on areas such as Duty to Refer – helpful tips for implementation, rough sleeping approaches, increasing housing supply and tenancy sustainment.

But the HRA proved a particular focus with sessions on the learning points so far, ensuring self-assessment checklists are fit for purpose and a special session on using PRAH to deliver the HRA. There were also sessions on the topic-of-the-moment: the live H-CLIC requirement.

And by popular demand Nigel Risner made a return to the NPSS Conference, an opportunity we were only too happy to provide as part of our sponsorship of the event. A renowned business turnaround specialist and author, Nigel captivated the audience with his fascinating and humorous insights on personality types in the workplace. As a gift from us at Housing Partners, delegates were also treated to a free copy of his new book, It’s a Zoo Around Here.

Housing Jigsaw at the NPSS Conference

We are so proud to be sponsors of the NPSS Conference this year – and what a great opportunity alongside NPSS to chat to those who attended about their experiences of Housing Jigsaw PRAH. We were also hugely excited to launch the next two modules in the Housing Jigsaw suite, EHR and ATLAS, as well as giving delegates an insight into ALERT, our forthcoming FREE alert and messenger service that can be used by any referring agency.

“I fully enjoyed the two days; great to have relevant people around to ask questions. Loved the (Housing Jigsaw) presentations on new products…”

It’s always a pleasure hearing feedback from those already using the Housing Jigsaw system, and we have captured a few of those thoughts in the short film below, shared at the Conference for the first time…