We love this photo of Bolton Cares Shared Lives and Mary Moore, Chief Nurse from Bolton CCG who joined us for the reception. They made a full day out of their trip to London and visited the London Eye earlier in the day!
All the guests mixed and mingled with MP’s including Sir Ian Duncan Smith and our sponsoring MP Jonathan Reynolds whilst being served drinks and canapes in Dining Room A of the Houses of Parliament. We listened to moving stories from James and Andy who live together and Amanda who is a Shared Lives carer, and heard how lives had been transformed by Shared Lives. James and Andy’s story featured in a previous blog- they shared their powerful story with the room and told us how after 22 years in a residential epilepsy centre, James moved in with Shared Lives carer Andy and now, 6 years on, James is a director of a company helping other people to make friends, and speaking at events to large audiences.
“I am a lot happier now I have James in my life” – @andydcooke , Shared Lives carer
Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission joined us and gave a speech saying, “Shared Lives you have raised the bar high” with 92% of Shared Lives schemes being rates as good or outstanding under the new CQC inspection regime.
We also welcomed representatives from NHS England Eileen Mitchell and Ian Benson, who are delighted with the progress of the NHS Programme has made so far.
Jenni and I are really excited to finally be able to announce the successful schemes and CCGs and we are really looking forward to working with them and developing their projects to enable more people to choose Shared Lives. We will be featuring each of the five areas across our next five blogs, so we look forward to telling you more about the plans they all have, and how they are going to be developing Shared Lives for health.
For more photos of the night and quotes from people at the event, take a look at the Twitter accounts of @SharedLivesPlus and @jenni_kirkham as we live-Tweeted the event.