This chapter was last reviewed and/or updated April 2021.


  • Shared Lives in Lincolnshire offers a range of live-in, sessional and short breaks services.
  • Shared Lives builds on the strengths and mutual relationships of Shared Lives Carers and the people they support.
  • These options provide a cost effective, person-centred alternative to other forms of community support.
  • From the beginning of March 2019, Shared Lives Provision has been provided by PSS (Person Shaped Support).

1. What is Shared Lives?

Shared Lives is a unique form of support and accommodation in which a person either lives with or regularly visits a Shared Lives carer in the carer’s home, and shares in their household and community life.  Shared Lives can be particularly suitable for people who wish to live more independently, but at the present stage in their life do not want to live on their own. Shared Lives is able to offer more immediate and consistent help, friendship and reassurance in contrast with what at times can be the transitory and changeable nature of support provided in other forms of supported living. It can help transform the lives of people with a wide range of eligible needs.

This type of support is highly valued by people who use the service. Shared Lives is one of the fastest growing forms of care, with the highest CQC ratings of any form of care in the UK and the lowest number of safeguarding issues. Section 4.41 of the Care Act Guidance refers to Shared Lives as a supported living option geared to improving people’s independence and wellbeing and promoting person-centred care.

2. Different types of Shared Lives Provision

Shared Lives support, provided with or without personal care depending on the person’s needs, is available in Lincolnshire in three forms:

  • Live in Arrangements – support and accommodation for a person which is provided in a Shared Lives carer’s own home and which continues for as long as the arrangement meets the person’s needs and wishes.
  • Sessional Day Support – support for a defined period during the day (3.5 hours or 7 hours) including weekends as required, offering the person choice over where and how they spend the day, at a time to suit them. Day Support must use the Shared Lives carer’s own home as a base and enable the person to access social activities, training and education as applicable.
  • Short Breaks – support for a defined period of days and nights in the home of a Shared Lives carer, a minimum of a 24 hour stay, up to and not exceeding 28 days. For some people, a Short Break might lead on to a Live-In arrangement.

3. How to Make a Referral

PSS in Lincolnshire can be contacted at:

Contact Address:


PSS, Suite 5&6,

National Centre of Art and Design,

Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, NG34 7TW


(Landline number to be confirmed)

Shared Lives Manager:

Jo James 07595 863163

Shared Lives Development / Area Supervisors:

Troy Melvin   07595863158

Stacey Bonser 07595863130

Toni Uylatt 07918617599

Service Co-ordinator / Administrator

Helen Grunshaw  07587551797

Sally Wintrip  07587551797

Shared Lives Referral Form

4. Process for Setting up Shared Lives

Step 1

Decision to consider Shared Lives as a support option

  • Assessment and Care and Support Planning indicates Shared Lives as a possible way to meet identified needs/outcomes. This may be someone new to Shared Lives or someone who has previously accessed day support or short breaks via PSS.
  • Resources to use in conversation with a person and their family who may be thinking of Shared Lives as an option include a link to PSS.
  • PSS will also have in place:
    • A scheme guide – explaining what Shared Lives is and how the service operates, a copy of which will be given to people expressing an interest in the service.
    • A statement of purpose, explaining amongst other things how people and their families can make a complaint.
  • Practitioners should at this stage request a Financial Assessment/Review with the Financial Assessment Team.
Step 2


  • Before making a formal referral it is advisable to call/email PSS to discuss the initial interest informally. PSS’s referral telephone number and full contact details can be found under How to Make a Referral.
  • PSS will advise about placement availability and potential timescales. PSS is known across the sector for being an approachable and constructive source of expert advice and guidance about Shared Lives and locally the service is keen for practitioners to contact them at any stage in the referral process, and especially when people are undecided about Shared Lives as an option.
Step 3

Decide the funding band

  • Determine funding band for the person’s care and support needs against LCC’s criteria.  The banding criteria and costing tool are given as Attachments in the LCC guidance.
  • Using the banding tool, practitioners should identify the overall banding that is the closest approximation to the person’s overall needs.
Step 4

Making a Referral

On the basis of the initial assessment, if the practitioner and person wish to pursue the option of Shared Lives, the practitioner should make a referral by:

  • Completing and sending the signed referral form to PSS along with the person’s Assessment/Support Plan, risk assessment, information about the person’s ability to manage their finances, and additional specialist information relevant to the referral.
  • Include proposed costing/banding as assessed by the practitioner.
  •  Upload the referral form to Mosaic.
Step 5

Visits and Planning

  • Within two days of receiving the referral form, PSS will advise if they can accept the referral.
  • If they can, a Shared Lives development worker will make contact with the practitioner and the person to arrange to meet and start completing a PSS Support Plan. The aim is for PSS to complete this within 10 working days.
Step 6


  • PSS will look at the availability of Shared Lives carers and any potential matches. Information between the Shared Lives carer and the person who wants to use their service is exchanged to enable them to decide about an introductory visit.
  • PSS will inform the practitioner of the outcome.
Step 7

Funding Agreement

  • The LCC practitioner completes the funding breakdown and gets funding agreement from the appropriate management level.
  • This will include ‘banded’ costs and any additional ‘day support’ costs.
  • The approval mechanisms are:
  • LD under budget – General Manager
  • LD over budget – Head of Service
  • OP/PD under budget – Lead Practitioner
  • OP/PD over budget – REG
Step 8


  • Introductory meetings are arranged.
  • Funding must be agreed ‘in principle’ before any matching process commences. This is to be confirmed in writing by the LCC practitioner to PSS.
  • Begin to consider Housing Benefit application – discussion between PSS and with person who will be using the service.
Step 9


  • Once the Shared Lives carer and the person wishing to use the service agree that an arrangement can go ahead, a start date will be identified.
  • A Shared Lives Arrangement Agreement will then be created and signed by the carer, PSS, the person who will use the service, and the practitioner.
Step 10


  • A copy of the signed Shared Lives Arrangement Agreement to be sent by PSS to the LCC practitioner.
  • Before any start date, funding must be agreed and confirmed by email to PSS.
  • A detailed PSR to be completed on Mosaic including breakdown of services being provided.
Step 11

Shared Lives Arrangement Starts

  • PSS uploads information onto Mosaic.
Step 12


  • A review of the arrangement takes place 8 weeks after the start date involving the person, carer, PSS, and the practitioner.

The full guidance document and short guide process are available in the Forms Library.

5. How Shared Lives Placements are Costed