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The Shared Lives Scheme Good

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 15 January 2019

What life is like for people using this service:

People who used the service told us they were happy. The registered manager provided support to find suitable placements for people to assist with their individual needs. Shared lives carers provide a family environment where people have developed lifelong relationships. People were supported to maintain their independence and to live as ordinary a life as any citizen. People were very much 'at home' in their placements and had warm, caring and respectful relationships with their carers.

The service provided mandatory training for shared lives carers, which included safeguarding, administration of medicines, basic life support and data protection. The service also required shared lives carers to complete the Care Certificate before any placements were agreed. The Care Certificate is a nationally recognised set of standards that introduces them to their roles and responsibilities within a care service.

The registered manager and shared lives carers understood the principles of the Mental

Capacity Act 2005 (MCA), and supported people in line with these principles. People who lacked capacity were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives. Policies and systems in The Shared Lives Scheme supported them in the least restrictive way possible.

People had good access to support from health care professionals and the shared lives carers were pro-active in recognising when interventions were required to ensure a person's wellbeing.

Appropriate assessment checks were carried out on all applications from people to become a shared lives carer. A minimum of three visits were completed by the registered manager to assess an applicant’s suitability to provide care and support, and to provide appropriate placements for people under the Shared Lives Scheme. This was then presented to a team within the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for a decision on the suitability of the applicants and agreed by the head of service.

Medicines were managed and administered safely. Records confirmed people had received their medicines as prescribed. Training records showed medication training for shared lives carers was completed annually and regular competency checks were completed by the registered manager.

The registered manager demonstrated a commitment to providing person-centred care for all people. People knew the registered manager and told us they trusted them. Shared lives carers felt the registered manager was supportive and approachable.

About the service: The Shared Lives Scheme is a scheme which recruits carers to provide care and support to people within their [carer’s] own home. The shared lives carers are self-employed and have a contract with The Shared Lives scheme within the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The Shared Lives Scheme is a national service that supports adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems and other needs, which make it harder for them to live on their own. The shared lives carers were supported by the registered manager who is the only employed member of staff at this service. At the time of inspection, there were 21 registered families and 19 people being supported in long term arrangements.

The service had been developed and designed in line with the values that underpin the Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These values included choice, promotion of independence and inclusion. People with a learning disability were supported to live as ordinary a life as any citizen.

Rating at last inspection: Good

Why we inspected: This was a planned inspection based on the rating at the last inspection. The service has retained its rating of good following this inspection.

Follow up: We will continue to monitor intelligence we receive about the service until we return to visit as per our re-inspection programme. If any concerning information is received we may inspect sooner.

Inspection areas



Updated 15 January 2019

The service was safe

Details are in our Safe findings below.



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The service was effective

Details are in our Effective findings below.



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The service was caring

Details are in our Caring findings below.



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The service was responsive

Details are in our Responsive findings below.



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The service was well-led

Details are in our Well-led findings below.