Our UK conference is on Wednesday 22 November. You can watch the opening speeches online, so if you can't make it in person, you can watch from the comfort of your own home or office!
We will also record them, so if you miss it live, you can catch up later.
9.15am - Opening speeches to celebrate 25 years of Shared Lives Plus
The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy
Dyane Aspinall, Interim Director of Adult Social Care, Liverpool City Council, Lisa Capewell and Phoebe Verity Shared Lives Plus Ambassadors
9.45am - “Pack, Bin, Buy – What we do like, what we don’t like and what we would like for our Shared Lives”
Ambassadors - Lisa Capewell, Phoebe Verity and Michael Turner
10.00am - Keynote Speech
Tony Hunter, Chief Executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence
10.30am - time for a cuppa!
Strategic advice and support for local authority and health commissioners
“My Shared Lives carers helped turn on the light in my darkest times, when no one else could, and through that, I was able to grow as a person and find happiness. True happiness.”
Leanne, 20, who found support through Shared Lives.
If all areas caught up with the best performing, around 34,944 people would be supported in Shared Lives arrangements with actual total annual savings of over £225 million in addition to cost avoidance with reduced trips to A&E, GPs, hospital admissions and reduced reliance on community health services.
Transformation programmes such as NHS England’s Integrated Personalised Commissioning (IPC) programme, describe a whole-system change towards an experience of health and care services which is more personalised, more empowering and less isolating.
Local systems tend to agree with these changes in principle, but struggle with:
• What they look like ‘on the ground’ in terms of behaviour changes and new models of care
• How to reconcile those shifts with the day-to-day pressures facing the health and care system
• How to join up NHS and council ‘personalisation’ programmes.
We work with other asset-based organisations, such as those in the recent Six Innovations report, on taking a whole area approach. See inside page to find out more about asset-based thinking in the paper written by our Chief Executive, Alex Fox OBE.
Shared Lives and Homeshare are personalised and community-based models of care and support. Councils, more recently NHS England and a number of CCGs are developing them as integrated care models: a tangible way of embedding asset-based practice.
Shared Lives and Health
As Shared Lives grows and diversifies into working with people with many different needs and conditions, we have become more aware of the support that using Shared Lives brings to family and unpaid carers. Using shared Lives, particularly for day support, short breaks and respite can enable family and unpaid carers to feel more involved and confident in the care being received. Through the matching process, the people using Shared Lives and the people closest to them have the opportunity to choose who, where and how the care is provided.
We know that family and unpaid carers do a fantastic job looking after the person in their lives who needs care and support. We also know that family and unpaid carers are expert on the needs and wishes of the person being cared for and as such their comments and concerns need to be listened to and taken account of. Shared Lives offers an approach that puts the person using the service at the center of the care offered, but also makes room for the important people in their lives.
We also recognise that family and unpaid carers are people in their own right with their own physical, social and emotional needs. Shared Lives offers time off from caring to give carers a chance to recharge their batteries or attend to self-care. Because the person using the service will only go to the home of a Shared Lives carer that they have been matched with and have had time to get to know, carers can have confidence that there is a sound relationship and that the person they care for is somewhere they want to be and with people they like spending time with.
Whilst Shared Lives is often used as a long term support, it is increasingly being made available as a short breaks (sometimes known as respite) option to complement other arrangements. In Short Breaks Shared Lives arrangements a person will stay with a Shared Lives carer from one night to several weeks. Short breaks are usually accessed by people using long term Shared Lives arrangements, to have a break from staying with their main Shared Lives carer. They are also being increasingly used by family carers, as an alternative to traditional respite.
Shared Lives can also be used as day support, where a person receives support from a Shared Lives carer during the day. Part of the support will be provided at the Shared Lives carer’s home and then the person will be supported to access activities of interest in the local community.
Shared Lives Plus believes that independent Shared Lives carer support groups in each scheme can be invaluable in resolving issues and improving services.
Talking to a scheme worker or manager on some issues such as respite or payment can be intimidating for some people, because those relationships tend to place more power with the scheme worker.
In a support group people can speak collectively through elected representatives or spokespeople. In this way individuals can draw attention to particular issues without feeling vulnerable or exposed.
Being part of an independent Share Lives carer support group can help Shared Lives carers feel less alone and more understood. Support can come in the form of conversation and sharing experiences and resources or by simply listening to others.
Support groups enable people to work together to solve their own problems.