About my work

Shared Lives is a family-based alternative to care homes and home care, used by 12,000 disabled and older people, with a CQC-regulated Shared Lives scheme in almost every area. Carefully recruited and matched Shared Lives carers open up their own homes to local people who need significant long term support. It has evidence of lower cost, higher outcomes and better inspection results than other forms of regulated care. More information and a local development support offer from the national body, Shared Lives Plus, is in the annual sector reports for each of the four UK home nations. Latest England report here: http://bit.ly/2y9SvvW. 

Homeshare involves an older person who is isolated or needs low level help offering a room to a younger person who helps out, rather than paying rent. A report on the development of Homeshare in the UK is here: http://bit.ly/2jDkBxh

We believe that only whole-area and whole-system change will work, which means lots of ‘asset-based’ community innovations being introduced together,  as the new heart of the community and its support system. Six linked approaches are summarised very briefly here.

I’m Vice Chair of Think Local, Act Personal, a national partnership supporting the personalisation of care and support. Its national network of those working to build community capacity has published a Shared Commitment setting out how a range of national bodies intend to build communities and a practical guide to asset-based approaches which advocates a whole-area approach. This report has 10 steps for areas to take.

I’m the independent Chair of the Joint VCSE Review was commissioned by Dept Health, NHS England and Public Health England. Our report sets out how local areas can build their voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors, with recommendations for local and national government, as well as the VCSE sector itself: www.vcsereview.org.uk

My book, A new health and care system: escaping the invisible asylum is published by Policy Press. The launch featured NHS England’s CEO Simon Stevens and was filmed by hosts, Nesta.

Invisible Asylum book cover
Invisible Asylum
simon stevens quote
simon stevens quote

2 thoughts on “About my work

  1. marg little May 7, 2011 / 4:26 pm

    interesting what you can do to entertain these young adalts very good

  2. jogonclairey1004 December 16, 2013 / 9:42 pm

    Its so refreshing to hear such positive stories about peoples lives- inspiring!

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