On Friday, the CQC released their 2022-23 annual state of care report.
The report highlighted some key themes found across the state of adult social care in England during this time.
Adult social care continues to face high pressures, enduring funding challenges, and increased demand for support. Throughout this time, Shared Lives has remained stable but relatively small, therefore providing opportunity for many more people to live fulfilling lives by accessing person-centred care such as Shared Lives. In England during 2022-23, there were 8140 Shared Lives carers, supporting 8262 people from their own homes; enabling those who draw on care to thrive in their local communities.
Recent plans from Government to “put people at the heart of care” highlighted the best route to address rising demand within care homes, mental health hospitals and other ‘traditional’ routes of care, whilst tackling the changing needs of the population and supporting unpaid carers, was to make person-centred care such as Shared Lives, a reality for people who draw on care. It is reassuring that Government are taking the steps to scale-up these innovative forms of adult social care, to benefit the whole system.
Figures from England continue to show that Shared Lives remains the highest quality form of nationally available social care, with CQC rating 97% of schemes good or outstanding. The difference Shared Lives makes to people drawing upon support is still very high, results in 2022-23 showed:
It is clear from these figures that Shared Lives continues to deliver high quality support, for people living with long-term conditions.
Shared Lives Plus aims to continue growing Shared Lives across England and the rest of the UK. If you are interested in finding out more about our support offer to grow Shared Lives, contact us at email@example.com