Decision details

Extension of Independent Shared Lives Contract OKD36 (20/21)

Decision Maker: Interim Executive Director Adults and Health

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


West Sussex County Council currently commissions Shared Lives services in West Sussex in two ways, from the independent market through our Supported Living Framework and an in-house service delivered by Adults In-House Social Care Services (AIHSCS).


The Supported Living Framework has included a separate provision for Shared Lives Services since it commenced in 2015. During this period only one independent Shared Lives Scheme provider has been awarded the service.


Shared lives services meet customers social care needs as defined under the Care Act 2014 through a model of care and support that provides innovative, small family-based homes to people with a learning disability with a variety of support needs. This approach can generate significant positive outcomes to people who use shared lives through access to a range of accommodation and support arrangements.


Cabinet Member decision (AH08 20/21) recommended that the independent Shared Lives Scheme, which is currently commissioned under the terms of the Supported Living Framework and which expires on 31st March 2021, be subject to an internal review regarding its future re-procurement options and should be excluded from the decision to procure a new Supported Living Framework Agreement.


Authorisation is sought to extend the current contract arrangements as a single tender with the one incumbent independent Shared Lives provider for one year until 31st March 2022, under the existing contractual terms. This will enable the Council to explore future delivery models, contract and procurement options and associated cost structures, as well as undertake consultation with the market,  which in line with the Lifelong Disability and Autism Market Position Statement objectives, will lead to more people living independently in community settings, and where this is appropriate and cost-effective. No change is proposed to the in-house service.



The Interim Executive Director Adults and Health has approved the award of a one-year contract, up to 31st March 2022 to the incumbent shared lives provider.


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Publication date: 07/10/2020

Date of decision: 07/10/2020

Effective from: 19/10/2020

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