Oxfordshire Shared Lives Team | Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire Shared Lives Team

Who's who, contact details and roles.

We are based at Abbey House in Abingdon but we cover the whole county.

Our address is:

Abbey House
Abbey Close
OX14 3JD
Tel: 01865 897971

Our Team Manager is Sally Ellis

There are three administrators in the team:

  • Marie Cleaton
  • June Tyler
  • Norma Morris

There are two Senior Practitioners in the team:

  •  Ali Gackowski
  • Lindie Pink

There are eight social workers in the team:

  • Becky Howes
  • Dee Cook
  • Fraser Shuttleworth
  • Hussain Choudhury
  • Naomi Broomfield
  • Sarah Gray
  • Tiffany Burnett
  • Yvonne Bartlett

All the people who use our service will have a named Shared Lives social worker

All the Shared Lives Carers approved by the Scheme will have a named Shared Lives social worker.

The role of the Shared Lives social worker for carers

Your Social worker may be the same person who worked with you on your assessment and approval or it may be another member of the team.

The link social worker will:

  • see you at least four times a year for 'Support and Monitoring' sessions
  • see you for an Annual Review to discuss your progress, objectives for the next year, how you have been meeting the people you supports needs, and give you feedback from other social workers, families and people who have been supported by you. You might wish to change your approval to provide more or less care or a different type of care and this might also be discussed at the Annual review
  • help you identify any training you need
  • check you have all the paperwork, forms and documents you need
  • discuss matters to do with people you support, over the phone
  • support you and visit between the scheduled visits if there is a particular issue to be resolved

The role of the Shared Lives social worker for the person who uses the service

The Social Worker for the person using the service will:

  • assess their needs in conjunction with information provided by their care manager, themselves and their families or carers
  • write a support plan and risk assessment for the person to give to carers who wish to support them
  • look for a suitable Carer who can provide support for the person
  • make introductions and set up placements
  • arrange respite breaks for people in long-term placements
  • work in conjunction with the care manager or other professional as well as the Shared Lives carer they live with or visit.

All carers have a carer agreement which also details the role of the scheme and the carers which we all sign when the carers are approved to work for the scheme.

Last reviewed
13 December 2017
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