Decision details

The Recommission of Shared Lives

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Shared Lives is a service where people with assessed eligible social care needs share the home of a specially recruited and trained carer and their family. The Council’s current contract for the Shared Lives service is due to expire on 31st March 2024. The recommendation is to recommission the service to provide continuity of care for individuals and ensure continued delivery of a good quality service which is value for money.




“We want everyone in Staffordshire to lead the best and happiest lives they can.


For some adults requiring a helping hand, the Shared Lives service offers them the chance to get the care they need while sharing the home of specially trained carers and their families.


With the existing contract due for renewal, we want to recommission this important service to ensure people continue to receive the care they need and we continue to provide best value for the public purse.”


Julia Jessel, Cabinet Member for Health and Care


Reasons for the Decision – To consider the recommissioning of the Shared Lives service to provide continuity of care for individuals and ensure an ongoing good quality service that offers value for money.


Decision – (a) That the procurement of the Staffordshire Shared Lives service contract via a competitive tender, in order to appoint a suitable provider who can offer a good quality service and value for money, be approved.


(b) That approval for the contract to be awarded to the successful provider be delegated to the Director of Health and Care.


(c) That the extension of the current Shared Lives service contract for up to 12 months, in the event of an unsuccessful procurement, to enable the Council to consider alternative options, be approved.

Report author: Taryn Poole

Publication date: 21/09/2023

Date of decision: 20/09/2023

Decided at meeting: 20/09/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 27/09/2023

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