Sharing Practice Network

Shared Care Scotland facilitates a network of local authority and health board officers who have a strategic responsibility for the planning, commissioning and development of short break and respite services.  The Sharing Practice Network normally meets twice a year in conference but smaller task groups or learning sets meet throughout the year on specific project related work.  The network also communicates via an online discussion forum.

The full terms of reference for the group can be downloaded by clicking here.

Anyone interested in joining this network should contact Don Williamson at the Shared Care Scotland office or by email at:

Feedback from previous Sharing Practice Network events

Dementia Friendly Short Breaks - Livingston, September 2013

Please find below links to various resources from the event:


Self-directed Short Breaks - Dundee, October 2012

What we discussed

On this occasion the main topic for the day was the development of self directed support and how it will impact on respite care services in the future, and how they are planned.  We heard from our hosts, Dundee City Council, about recent short break developments in the city and future plans, and from a range of service providers already exploring more flexible models of provision. 


Please find below links to various resources from the event:

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It's About Time: Findings from our research into short breaks planning and commissioning - Alloa, November 2010

Please find below links to various resources from the event:


Next Event

Our next event takes place in Edinburgh on Monday 24th March 2014.  
On this occassion we will be looking at the use of Public Social Partnerships as a model for commissioning short breaks.  In addition, we will also have an input from the Scottish Government on the Carers Legislation consultation and the Short Breaks Duty - one of the options being considered.  Chris Whelan, Contracts Manager, Dept. Health and Social Care, City of Edinburgh Council will also be joining us to talk about the Council's strategy for shaping the future market for Edinburgh's adult health and social care services.

For further information and to register please click on the button below:

Eventbrite - Public Social Partnership – A New Way to Commission Short Breaks

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Sharing Practice Event – 24 March 2014
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