Shared lives carers

"I'd like to provide a home for an adult who needs care and support."

Shared lives carer application process

Before you can become a shared lives carer, you’ll need to apply and go through an approval process.

This is to make sure you meet the correct standards for a shared lives carer, and have the skills to prepare you for the role.

Please note: the application process takes between 3 and 6 months to complete.

The assessment process:

  • Step 1 - Register your interest


    To register your interest in becoming a shared lives carer, please contact us by either of the following methods and leave your name, address and telephone number:

  • Step 2 - Initial conversation


    We’ll call you to talk through the scheme in a bit more detail, and also to check you meet the basic requirements of our shared lives scheme, such as you live in East Riding of Yorkshire and you have a spare bedroom.

    We’ll then email you an application form for you to complete (if you don’t have an email address we can post it instead).

    Where to send your completed form

    Please return your completed form to:

    Shared Lives Scheme
    92 Mill Lane
    East Riding of Yorkshire
    HU17 9DH

  • Step 3 - Home review


    When we receive your completed application, we’ll contact you to carry out a home review. This is part of the assessment process to make sure you are suitable for the shared lives carer role. The home review will include:

    You and your lifestyle

    We’ll have a chat about:

    • what it’s like to be a shared lives carer (we might also invite you to meet other shared lives carers)
    • your experiences, relationships and care-giving skills
    • your family, lifestyle and anything you do in the community.

    Home standards

    We’ll also check your home to make sure that:

    • there’s enough space for another person
    • you have a spare room
    • the property is suitable and of a safe standard.

    This is to make sure that we continue to meet the quality of standards required by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

    Please note: our shared lives service is regularly checked by the Care Quality Commission. You can find the results of our latest review on the Care Quality Commission website.

    Your training

    We’ll discuss your training and any skills or experience you already have. We’ll also advise which training you should begin to undertake and tell you how to access our online training website. Find out more about shared lives training.

  • Step 4 - Checks and references


    To help us assess if you are suitable for this role, we’ll need to:

  • Step 5 - Review the assessment


    Once we have completed our assessment, we’ll share it with you so that you are fully aware of what it contains before we send it to our shared lives panel. You’ll also be able to comment and add any other details that you feel are important to your application.

  • Step 6 - Panel verification


    Our shared lives panel are a group of interested and experienced people appointed to consider all new shared lives carer applications.

    They will review your application and make recommendations on its approval to the head of service.

  • Step 7 - Head of service


    The head of service, who has overall responsibility for the shared lives scheme, will review the recommendations made by the panel and decide the outcome of your application.

  • Step 8 - Results


    Once the head of service has made a decision, you will be contacted by the shared lives team and advised on the results.

    If your application has been delayed pending further review, we’ll discuss with you what needs to happen before your application is resubmitted to the panel.

    If your application is approved, you’ll need to start preparing to become a shared lives carer.

COVID-19 information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will carry out assessments using an online chat facility, such as Microsoft Teams.

If we need to visit your home: we will carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment and anyone visiting you will take a lateral flow test before they arrive.

At your home: they will observe social distancing rules and wear appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face covering.