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 one of the most ambitious ever programmes across the NHS and Local Government. It creates a local single pooled budget to incentivise the NHS and local government to work more closely together around people, placing their well-being as the focus of health and care services.
The BCF is a critical part of the NHS 2 year operational plans and the 5 year strategic plans as well as local government planning.
Following submission of BCF Plans in April, updated guidance has now been issued. This replaces and supersedes the guidance that was issued in December 2013.
Please see the cover letter from Andrew Ridley, Better Care Fund Programme Director, setting out the main changes to the Better Care Fund Programme.
The statistical significance tool can be used by areas to aid in developing robust levels of ambition around their supporting BCF metrics. To note, for the ‘pay for performance’ metric (non-elective admissions) although there is an expectation that areas should meet a specific % improvement, areas are able to set their own levels of ambition and take account of local considerations. Issues of statistical significance can therefore still be an important consideration for areas.
Both parts of the plans are to be submitted by 12 noon on 19th September 2014. Please send as attachments to: email@example.com as well as to:
For information, the mapping of CCGs to HWBs, and HWBs to Area Team and Local Government Region contacts can be found here.
If there are any queries about the resubmission process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
Please note that the information below is now out of date. We will be updating the website soon with more information about support and webinars. As it may be useful, information about support and webinars remains below.
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.