28 August 2019
One Angel Square Northampton

A scheme that provides support for vulnerable adults within the homes of carers has received an outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The Shared Lives scheme sees carers share their family and community life, and give care and support to people who would otherwise find it hard to live on their own. This is sometimes referred to as adult fostering.

This is the third time that the Shared Lives scheme, which was previously part of Olympus Care Service and is now provided by Northamptonshire County Council, has received an outstanding CQC rating.

Through the scheme, carers provide family homes for younger adults, adults with a learning disability and older people. The idea is to give as much independence as possible to individuals, while also ensuring they have a safe and secure home environment within the community.

The CQC report praises the Shared Lives service, recognising the positive impact it has on the lives of the people it supports through long-term placements, short breaks and respite care. It recognised the careful matching process which makes sure individuals are paired with suitable carers who will treat them as members of their family, meet their needs and provide the right support.

County council cabinet member for adult social care and public health Councillor Ian Morris said:


“The Shared Lives scheme makes a real difference to the lives of the people it works with, supporting them to live more independently in real family homes. We are particularly pleased that inspectors have rated the service as outstanding in three key areas – safe, effective and caring – as this is something we constantly strive to achieve.

“It’s great to see that the hard work of the Shared Lives team has been recognised in this report too, with inspectors noting that they are often ‘going above and beyond what is expected of them’. It’s also a credit to our Shared Lives carers, who inspectors said showed compassion, kindness and great humanity in supporting people to develop their lives.”

The Shared Lives scheme is always looking to recruit new carers. To find out more about the scheme visit the county council website.