The £3.8bn Better Care Fund (formerly the Integration Transformation Fund) was announced by the Government in the June 2013 spending round, to ensure a transformation in integrated health and social care. The Better Care Fund (BCF) is a single pooled budget to support health and social care services to work more closely together in local areas.
NHS England, alongside the Local Government Association (LGA), published a series of joint letters to the NHS and local government, with details of the BCF and its requirements.
The BCF is a critical part of, and aligned to, the NHS 2 year operational plans and the 5 year strategic plans as well as local government planning.
Following the initial submission of draft BCF plans, a number of common issues arose that we wanted to address and/or clarify – see here for further information. We have updated a number of documents to help clarify these issues, including:
A revised spreadsheet providing a breakdown by council of the £185m contained within the BCF to spend against the Care Bill reforms in 2015/16 has been released by the LGA.
These revised documents have also replaced the original documents in the sections below
The Planning template for the BCF has been split into two parts (however, please note that the content is not substantially different from the previous draft template)– a word document and an excel spreadsheet.
For all metrics (other than patient experience and local metrics) this workbook provides the data required to allow Health and Wellbeing boards to establish their BCF baselines and targets.
The BCF plans (parts one and two) will need to be submitted to the relevant Area Team/Local Authority pairs (a spreadsheet with this information will be available in January), with a copy sent to the NHS England central email address: NHSCB.firstname.lastname@example.org
For information, the mapping of CCGs to HWBs, and HWBs to Area Team and Local Government Region contacts can be found here.
A short support pack has been prepared to aid CCGs and local authorities with their BCF planning – this includes an example template from North West London, links to the LGA Integrated Care Value Case Toolkit, short summaries and links to case studies on related topics including: contracting, data-sharing, pricing, etc. Relevant contact details are also provided within the pack. This is a live document and we plan to add to it as more support and resources becomes available. This document is also available on ICASE (the Integrated Care and Support Exchange) and we would encourage local areas to use the forum functionality there to share learning locally.
A series of webinars will be offered, the first four will cover the BCF generally and are listed below. We are also planning other webinars on specific topics such as pricing, choice and competition and information governance. See here for a full list of webinars and how to register. If you can’t participate in the Webinars, these will be recorded and you will be able to view them here once they have been uploaded.
If you have any queries around the Better Care Fund Plan, please post a question in the comments section below. However, before posting a question below, please check the BCF Frequently Asked Questions document which also includes questions that have been raised in the webinars held to date.