BrianBreast cancer survivor Christina moves home after Shared Lives carers help with recovery 

Stroke survivor Brian gets ready to move on after support from Shared Lives

"Being part of the family was so crucial to my recovery" - Derek

We have worked with NHS England to expand Shared Lives for people who need support with their health:

  • Leaving hospital
  • Mental ill health
  • Ambition to leave Assessment and Treatment Units or those who may be admitted
  • Dementia
  • A learning disability
  • Eating disorders
  • An acquired brain injury
  • A physical impairment
  • Young people 16 – 25 years old in transition from Children’s to Adult’s services
  • Preventing going into hospital
  • Re-enablement

People can live with a Shared Lives carer long-term, visit for a short break or receive day support. This means that the person can benefit from a flexible and personalised approach and receive their healthcare and support with a family and community they know and have chosen.

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Shared Lives carers can also help people who are well enough to leave hospital but not able to go home - perhaps their family isn't around, or their house needs adapting to make it ready. Shared Lives carers can continue the amazing work of occupational therapists and nurses to continue rehab, medication and offer a home from home - until patients are fully recovered!


Gerry White, Head Injury Team Leader, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust explains how Shared Lives supports people who don't fit their usual support services.

Our guidance

For three years we worked with seven Shared Lives schemes and carers to find out how Shared Lives could be offered to continue recovering after being in hospital.

We're delighted to release our Home from hospital - intermediate care guidance for Shared Lives schemes, carers, commissioners and professionals. Find the a section that's relevant to you.. and huge thank you to all our members who helped make this happen!

People who live with or visit Shared Lives carers enjoy life - make friends and improve their health. We've asked independent reviewers to find out how Shared Lives works and doesn't work forpeople with health needs and potential and current Shared Lives carers and we will publish the report so everyone can learn from it. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has worked with NHS colleagues to offer Shared Lives to many more people. 

Resources for health professionals 

Breast cancer survivor Christina moves home after Shared Lives carers help with recovery 

Stroke survivor Brian gets ready to move on after support from Shared Lives

"Being part of the family was so crucial to my recovery" - Derek

How does Shared Lives work with NHS personalised care agenda? 

Personal health budgets - a guide for health professionals and voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations

NHS England action plan for universal personalised care

NHS support for Shared Lives

“Shared Lives is a real world example of the kind of highly cost-effective community and people-centred healthcare approaches which I believe will play a much bigger part in the NHS of the future, as more care moves out of hospitals.

Whether it is helping someone with a learning disability to build a full life with a network of friends and family, or enabling an older person to recover from an operation in the peace and quiet of a familiar and welcoming environment, Shared Lives challenges assumptions about what kinds of healthcare can be delivered in an ordinary family home.”

Simon Stevens – Chief Executive NHS England

“Shared Lives…is an excellent example of how councils, communities and other organisations can work together to support some of the most vulnerable in society.” 

Shared Lives emblemJeremy Hunt MP – Secretary of State for Health

“Shared Lives is a fab, person centred approach”, Hilary Garratt – Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England

“92% Shared Lives services were rated as good or outstanding overall… rated consistently the best overall when compared with other services”

Care Quality Commission “The State of Health and Social Care in England 2016” and October 2017

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