Certification - Shared Lives
Shared Lives is a national idea rolled out to Local Authorities to encourage citizens to help share the lives of vulnerable adults. It is an excellent scheme that encourages people within communities to help vulnerable adults and get paid, while saving the state significant sums of money.
Recently, in Hampshire a GP received a request for a Medical Referee report on two of his patients to assess their suitability to be a "shared lives carer". The letter informed the GP of very little other than the cost of the provision of the report would fall to the individual.
On this occasion we advised the GP to return the forms with "I know of no reason why this person should not be involved with the Shared Lives Scheme" which the GP could attest to. The GP made no charge.
After some correspondence it seemed that Hampshire CC would have liked a detailed report (similar to the Ofsted report we do for child minders).
Our advice is that any Local Authority requesting an opinion should be clear about the information it is seeking (responsibilities of the role including physical, emotional, psychological and ethical) and should expect to pay for the report or better still, employ an appropriately qualified occupational health assessor to make this judgement.
For more information about the scheme, click here .