We asked PSSRU, an international research agency to evaluate our work that is growing and developing Shared Lives across the UK. This report looks at the impact of our work with Shared Lives carers, schemes and people who use Shared Lives.
Our original aim, more than two years ago, was to double the Shared Lives sector - and we are funded by the Big Lottery to do this. We are not where we had hoped to be, but the ambitions were set before austerity hit with drastic cuts to social care which pays for many people to live with Shared Lives carers.
The report shows that over half of the schemes had started supporting new groups of people, mainly people with mental ill health and people with dementia. But there are significant challenges for schemes to overcome to support more people with this, and schemes feel supported by Shared Lives Plus.
We will include our Members' feedback into our operational plans for next year - thank you to everyone who took part.
Shared Lives Plus gave a cautious welcome to the Green Paper plans announced in the recent budget – you can see Alex Fox's thoughts here.
At Shared Lives Plus we believe the Green Paper has to be about more than a new funding mechanism – important as that is. For it to be a success, it needs to embrace transformation, and consider outcomes and values, as well as financial sustainability.
We know that there are a number of ways in which this can, and is already being achieved in some areas, and an informal coalition of likeminded partners have put together the following document to signpost the art of the deliverable and the possible.
YOu can see more 6innovationsinsocialcare1.pdf
You can see more here
You can see when Shared Lives Plus has appeared in the media here
You can read the full report attached Collaborative_healthcare_-IC_final.pdf
Including publications and information for Shared Lives Carers, Shared Lives Schemes, Older People, Family Carers, Short Breaks, Socially Excluded Adults, Young People in Transition, Community Groups and for the nations of the UK
Materials to support Homeshare schemes and the Homeshare sector.
Policy, Research and Campaigns
Shared Lives Plus campaigns on issues of importance to our members, as well as promoting Shared Lives and improved outcomes within the care sector.
In most cases to access these publications you need to be a member of Shared Lives Plus.
Public reports and publications can be found above and in the right hand column.