‘Derby Shared Lives’ held a project launch event on Wednesday 7 December, 2-3.30pm, at the Council House.

The event was attended by Adult Social Care and Southern Derbyshire CCG (SDCCG) colleagues, other Health and Social Care professionals from around the City, representatives from Shared Lives Plus and a Shared Lives Carer. Derbys Shared Lives presented plans for the new funded project outlined below and information about the Shared Lives ‘model’. It also provided the opportunity to network and talk to attendees about their potential involvement in the development of this project.

Derby Shared Lives were delighted to recently hear that SDCCG have been successful in receiving funding from NHS England (via Shared Lives Plus) to work in partnership with them on a 3-year joint project to develop the scheme. The project will specifically support more people in the community with dementia and people at risk of admission to hospital or residential care.

This was the announcement made by Shared Lives Plus, “An exciting development in Health and Social care took a major step forward this week, as Shared Lives Plus and NHS England, announced which 5 CCG areas had been chosen to share in £1.75m which will help them to develop Shared Lives as a health service. In Shared Lives, adults who need extended or long term support are matched with a Shared Lives carer who has been through a rigorous approval process with their registered Shared Lives scheme. The adult who needs support visits or moves in with their chosen Shared Lives carer, receiving personal care but also doing things they both enjoy and sharing fun and friendships. This new model of care has helped people improve their mental health, move back into the community after years in a specialist learning disability unit, or recover from a hospital stay.”

Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Integrated Health and Care, Councillor Martin Repton said:

This is an exciting opportunity in Health and Social care aimed at supporting more people in the community with dementia and people at risk of admission to hospital or residential care. The Shared Lives services provides invaluable personal support to help people live full and enriched lives with many benefits, including friendship, for all concerned. Derby City Council are committed to working in partnership to promote and develop this service further.

Sarah Storer, Shared Lives Manager said:

Derby Shared Lives has developed significantly in the last two years to support greater numbers of individuals with a range of diagnoses, who would benefit from the person-centred nature of Shared Lives support.  We are excited about this development opportunity to work with SDCCG, to enable us to support people with health care needs in the City, particularly those with dementia, and those at risk of admission to hospital or residential care.  Those attending the launch event were inspired to hear from Shared Lives Carer Maxine Mothby; ‘Rose’ loves living with Maxine and lives a full life within the Community supported by Maxine and other Shared Lives Carers; and the Carers tell us that their lives have been enriched through supporting ‘Rose’.

 

Derby Shared Lives are currently seeking/recruiting new Carers and encourage anyone who’d like to know more to visit their website and get in touch at sharedlives@derby.gov.uk. Anyone can apply to become a Shared Lives Carer and can choose whether they want to offer short or long term support.

Shared Lives Carer, Jo with Graeme

You can also follow them on their Twitter page @SharedLiveDerby.