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Outstanding Shared Lives scheme features in new CQC guidance

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‘People’s care and support was person-centred, positive and consistent, and improved their quality of life.’


Shared Lives Plus has welcomed new guidance from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which covers the regulation of services for people with autism or a learning disability.

The ‘Right support, right care, right culture’ report outlines how providers should demonstrate they are meeting CQC requirements and also features a Shared Lives scheme, rated ‘outstanding’, as one of its case studies.

It updates the previously released ‘Registering the right support’ guidance, following feedback from people who use the services and, as a result, has a stronger focus on person-centred outcomes and the quality of life and care they receive.

Alex Fox, CEO of Shared Lives Plus, said:

“We welcome this updated guidance from the CQC, which focuses on people living fulfilling lives within their local community, who are socially connected and independent – all of which are outcomes seen in Shared Lives arrangements up and down the country.

“Through this report we will be supporting every Shared Lives scheme in England to achieve the recommendations set out for them. While we are already proud that 95% of all schemes are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, making it the safest and highest performing form of social care, we are focused on achieving even more outstanding reports in the future.”

The specific recommendations for Shared Lives schemes focuses on individuals’ rights to independence and the ability to take control of their own lives, meaning:

  • People can manage their own needs and affairs as much as possible
  • People are able to engage with and have meaningful relationships in the wider community
  • They can exercise their democratic rights as citizens in accordance with the principles and values of the guidance.

Also featured is a case study from a Shared Lives scheme, which cares for 297 people receiving either short breaks, respite or longer term care in the carer’s own home. Among other positives, the report noted that:

  • People’s care and support was positive and consistent, and improved their quality of life
  • People were encouraged to learn new skills to enhance their independence and were treated with the utmost dignity and respect
  • People  unanimously told us carers and staff were exceptionally compassionate and kind.

For further information please visit the CQC website.