All of our carers go through a thorough application and assessment process. This process involves:
- Making an initial enquiry via our enquiry form or call 0191 2115378
- Someone from our Shared Lives team will contact you for a further discussion and next steps. If its is agreed to process the application then we will begin the assessment.
- The assessment will include checks and references, a number of home visits and discussions, including a GP medical reference. Applications and assessment information are considered by an independent panel
Please don’t let this put you off - our friendly team are here to support you every step of the way
Applications and assessment information are considered by an independent panel. The application process timescales vary. Please don’t let this put you off - our friendly team are here to support you every step of the way. There is more detailed information about each stage of the approval process below.
Once the assessment has been completed
- You will be able to comment on the assessment before it is submitted to the Shared Lives Service approval panel.
- The social worker will make a recommendation to the Shared lives panel
- The panel will discuss your assessment
- We will write to you to let you know whether you have been approved as a Shared Lives carer and the terms of the approval. If you are approved you will sign a contract to provide an arrangement with Newcastle City Council.
- The whole process can vary in the length of time it takes but will be completed as quickly as possible. It can take a time to match the right person to the type of placement you can offer. This is known as the 'matching' process.
- Newcastle City Council will then make a decision on the outcome of your assessment.
The matching process
A discussion will take place about a possible match
To make sure the service is right for the person we support we will:
- talk to the person and their family about what is important to them and what support they need
- match the person carefully with the carer who could best meet their needs. Ideally, they will live in the same local area and share similar interests
- arrange for the person to spend some time with the carer before they make their mind up.