Biggest ever report into Shared Lives in Wales launched at major NHS Conference
Shared Lives Plus today launched the first ever Wales “State of Shared Lives” report, at the NHS Confederation conference in Cardiff.
“State of the Nation, Shared Lives Cymru” uses data from Wales’s 9 Shared Lives schemes which cover all local authority areas in Wales. It also includes stories from Shared Lives carers to get a picture of the Shared Lives sector across Wales, and provide a baseline for future growth and development in the coming years.
The report shows that there are almost 1000 people living in Shared Lives arrangements and over 650 Shared Lives carers. Other highlights include that 12% of people using Shared Lives in Wales are older people or people with dementia, showing a sector diversifying its support.
The report with provide the basis for Shared Lives Plus’s work with Welsh Shared Lives schemes and the Welsh Government to help develop Shared Lives as part of a government funded project beginning in April 2016. It includes a foreword from Welsh Government Minister, Mark Drakeford AM.
The approach mirrors that which has been undertaken in recent years in England and Scotland and it represents the most comprehensive picture yet of Shared Lives across Wales.
Anna McEwen, Director of Support and Development at Shared Lives Plus said;
“This report shows both the successes and the potential of Shared Lives in Wales. The findings show a strong, wide ranging and growing Shared Lives sector, but with opportunities to expand and diversify further.
“By delivering on its recommendations Shared Lives can support more people to live good lives across Wales and be part of a solution to the challenges that Social Care and the NHS face.”
“It’s particularly appropriate that we are launching the report at the NHS confederation conference in Wales. Shared Lives can play a significant role in tackling the challenges the NHS faces, both in reducing necessary medical interventions and visits to A&E and providing an effective Home from Hospital option too”