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Wednesday, 09 December 2015 11:45

We need a new kind of ‘ordinary’

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This has been a dark week. A man with Down’s Syndrome was considered not worthy to be resuscitated by a hospital (East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust), purely because of his learning disability.  The doctor concerned has not been fired:… Continue reading →
Sunday, 13 December 2015 06:47

Really NICE home care

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NICE, which has for some time been the body setting out what good looks like in healthcare, has in recent years been in partnership with SCIE to issue good practice guidelines for social care too. NICE guidelines aren’t compulsory, and their… Continue reading →
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 23:30

Collaborative Healthcare – new report

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Personal Budgets alone do not create new choices. There must be an equal focus on building new kinds of intervention, workforces, services and enterprises. Many of the people who could gain most from tailored support need the most support to make choices. Support to make real choices needs building into every interaction with services. Advocacy and brokerage are vital.… Continue reading →
Monday, 12 October 2015 15:00

Ways to wellbeing

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Here’s my latest thoughts on the role of the VCSE sector in health and care, reblogged from http://vcsereview.org.uk/2015/10/13/ways-to-wellbeing/ where you can have your say. (I’m also at the NCAS conference this week in Bournemouth so if you’re there and want to…
Thursday, 15 October 2015 07:00

Shared holidays

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  Sally has been a Shared Lives carer for three and a half years with the Guideposts scheme and is currently matched with four people who stay at different times for regular weekends and holidays. Sally writes about taking part in our Town, Sea and Country scheme which enables people to be matched with Shared Lives carers for homely and affordable holidays across anywhere in the UK. Working across local authority boundaries has been a barrier in the past to people taking a holiday wherever they want, whilst many accessible holidays are expensive and can feel institutionalised.
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 07:17

Could Shared Lives tackle the refugee crisis?

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This inspiring account of how Shared Lives can be used to support a refugee was kindly supplied by a Shared Lives scheme which needs to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the issues involved: “Following being sold by her family and being trafficked into the UK not once but twice, ‘Martina’ was subjected to many kinds of alleged abuse. Despite having very good evidence against the alleged perpetrator, Martina did not identify him, perhaps to avoid repercussions. Earlier this year Martina was referred to the Shared Lives scheme in a vulnerable state. Her life was in tatters, she was…
Sunday, 01 November 2015 06:30

As though he hadn’t been away

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This is a guest blog from Claire Morphet of Rochdale’s PossAbilities CIC Shared Lives scheme. Claire writes: In April of this year I was approached by Harold’s daughter Lynne who gave up her job as a college lecturer to look… Continue reading →
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 10:53

The Shared Lives Ambassadors 1

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Here is a guest blog from my colleague Lyn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) who has led the recruitment and training of our new Shared Lives Ambassadors: Our work with the Shared Lives Ambassadors is well under way. We’ve had two days training together,… Continue reading →
Sunday, 08 November 2015 05:55

The Shock Of The New

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Here is a second guest blog from my colleague Lyn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) who has led the recruitment and training of our new Shared Lives Ambassadors: My last blog ended with this quote from Clare, one of our Shared Lives Ambassadors. “If… Continue reading →
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 06:01

Tom in Japan

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Today we are all at the sold-out Shared Lives Plus UK conference in Birmingham. Here’s a guest blog from ‘Tom’ who lives with one of Birmingham’s Shared Lives carers and kindly shared his story: I came to live with my… Continue reading →

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