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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:59

Shared Lives Plus and NHS England join forces to help more people be cared for in a family home, instead of a hospital

Shared Lives Plus and NHS England join forces to help more people be cared for in a family home, instead of a hospital


Shared Lives Plus, the UK network for Shared Lives and Homeshare has today announced which local areas have been chosen to receive a share of the £1.75m investment from NHS England to take forward an innovative family-based initiative to help more people to be cared for in a home, not a hospital.

The successful bidders will be formally confirmed at the House of Commons later today, (19 October) alongside MPs and other key figures, as Shared Lives Plus celebrates Shared Lives week 2016 #SharedLivesTogether – a UK wide celebration of the Shared Lives model of care, and how its unique approach brings together the NHS, social care, people, communities and families.

The five areas chosen to develop a clinical commissioning group (CCG) led Shared Lives Scheme are:

  • Barnsley
  • Bolton
  • South Tees
  • Southern Derbyshire*
  • and a partnership of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs

The new schemes represent a major new direction for Shared Lives, building on its strong and growing presence across social care in almost every area of the country.  

In Shared Lives a trained and approved Shared Lives carer shares their home and family life with an adult who needs care or support to help them live well.  This is part of NHS England’s commitment to transforming health so that people can keep well and live independently in the community.


The Shared Lives model will support people who have needs which make it hard for them to live on their own, by carefully matching them with a carer to share their family and lives, giving care and support in the community.  The schemes will focus on people with a learning disability and/or autism, those with mental health problems, people with dementia and patients in acute hospital settings with physical health needs.

By working directly with the NHS, it is expected that the many benefits of the Shared Lives approach to a person’s health and to health services can be developed even further.  These include a reduction in how long people need to stay in hospital, improvements in hospital discharge and reduced unplanned admissions and/or trips to A&E in addition to improved outcomes for people using the services.  Projected savings are expected to be more than £130m over the five year life of the project.

Alex Fox, CEO of Shared Lives Plus said: “We are delighted to be working with five local health organisations and their partners to bring Shared Lives to hundreds of people. In the future, this could enable health services to offer community-based alternatives to traditional health provision much more widely.”

“By partnering with NHS England we are able to build on the fantastic foundations laid by the 150 existing schemes which provide regulated social care. People living in Shared Lives households or visiting them regularly for short breaks say that they live happier, healthier lives. Councils also save significant sums and this initiative will bring these savings to the NHS for the first time.”

Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive, said: “The five Shared Lives areas announced today have the chance to be at the forefront of delivering the kind of community and people-centred approach that will be a key part of NHS services in the future.

It is vital that people with complex needs, including those with a learning disability and/or autism have the opportunity to benefit from the care, comfort and sense of independence that comes from living in a real family home.”


Shared Lives has grown nationally by 27% over the last two years, and has received praise from NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Following confirmation of their success, the five new schemes will be match funding a new approach to Shared Lives either in partnership with an existing scheme or in some cases setting up a brand new one.

It is expected that the first matches will take place in 2017.


Notes to editors

  • For information about Shared Lives or to attend the event, please contact Tim Moore, Communications Manager on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For information about NHS England, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*The Southern Derbyshire CCG scheme has details as follows; NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group:  The total three-year project, funded by NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group Shared Lives Plus, NHS England, and Derby City Council, will support an estimated additional 40 people who live in Derby city to access Shared Lives.


About Shared Lives


According to the CQC State of Health and Social Care in England 2016 report, 92% of Shared Lives schemes inspected were good or outstanding. None were rated inadequate.

·       A Shared Lives carer shares their home and family life with an adult who needs care or support to help them live well.

·       Shared Lives Plus’s UK wide network of local, regulated schemes individually match trained and approved Shared Lives carers with people who need their support. There is a Shared Lives scheme in almost every local authority area.

·       People are increasingly choosing Shared Lives over other forms of care because it’s a unique way to live well and feel independent but not alone. 

·       Government Inspectors consistently rate Shared Lives as an exceptionally safe and effective form of care, and in addition Shared Lives delivers major savings for local councils and the NHS compared to traditional forms of care.

Facts and Figures

c. 150 Shared Lives schemes across the UK (Around 120 in England)

13,000 people supported in Shared Lives across UK

26,000 – The amount saved per person, per year for someone with LD

8,000 – The amount saved for an individual with Mental Health support needs

27% - Growth in number of people using Shared Lives in last 2 years

112% - Growth in people with a Physical Impairment using Shared Lives in last year

48% Growth in people using Shared Lives with dementia

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