The Better Care Fund (BCF) is a programme spanning both the NHS and local government which seeks to join-up health and care services, so that people can manage their own health and wellbeing, and live independently in their communities for as long as possible.
The BCF has been created to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society, placing them at the centre of their care and support, and providing them integrated health and social care services, resulting in an improved experience and better quality of life.
A committed, cross-cutting partnership
The BCF represents a unique collaboration between NHS England, Department for Communities and Local Government, Department of Health and the Local Government Association (LGA). The four partners work closely together to help local areas plan and implement integrated health and social care services across England, in line with the vision outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View.
One of the most ambitious programmes ever introduced across the NHS and local government, the BCF encourages integration by requiring CCGs and local authorities to enter into pooled budgets arrangements and agree an integrated spending plan. In 2016/17, £5.9 billion was pooled in the BCF.
Various initiatives are in place around the country. They are already starting to deliver real improvements in the integration of local health and social care systems, including information sharing, where appropriate.
Better Care Fund planning
The Department of Health (DH) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published the 2017 -19 Integration and Better Care Fund Policy Framework for the implementation of the Better Care Fund in 2017-18 and 2018-19. The Better Care Fund Planning Requirements will be published shortly afterwards.
Better Care Fund planning 2017-18
Better Care Fund policy framework
The DH and the DCLG published a detailed policy framework for the implementation of the BCF in 2017-19.
Better Care Fund planning requirements
The planning requirements for 2017-19 will be published shortly.
The Better Care Support team is committed to ensuring that local areas have the relevant support available to them, as they work towards delivering their Better Care Fund plans in 2016/17 and beyond.
The Better Care support offer for 2016/17 is delivered through two streams; the centrally-led national support programme and the regionally-led support offer.
- Better Care Advisers
- Multi-disciplinary Consultancy Support
- Thematic Masterclasses
- Regional Networking
- Programme of case studies, guidance and insight bulletins
Better Care Managers have been recruited in each region to gather learning and coordinate support to local areas. Regions can commission bespoke packages of support to respond to regionally identified needs, generate shared solutions at a regional level and tailor national resources and products to regional needs.
Regional Better Care Managers (BCMs)
Regions, names and contact details are outlined below. A more detailed list of areas managed by the better care managers is available.
|Region||Area(s)||Better Care Manager|
|London||All boroughs||Jane Hannonemail@example.com|
|London||All boroughs||Nicole Valenzuela-Sotomayorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|North||North East||Bernard Groenemail@example.com|
|North||North West||Justine Howefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|North||Yorkshire & Humber||Jenny Sleight||Jenny.Sleight@nhs.net|
|South||South West (North)||Ian Phillipsemail@example.com|
|South||South (Wessex)||Judith Mayfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|South||South East||Mary Hillemail@example.com|
|South||South Central||Kevin Johnsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|South||South West (South)||Johnathan Brookemail@example.com|
|Midlands and East||West Midlands||Steve Cortonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Midlands and East||East Midlands||Wendy Houltemail@example.com|
|Midlands and East||East||Jonathan Matthewsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
The Better Care Support team has published BCF data collection and performance reports for each quarter in 2015/16 (covering 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016) and quarter 4, 2014-15 (January – March 2015).
- Quarter 4, 2015-16 to be published shortly
- Quarter 3, 2015-16
- Quarter 2, 2015-16
- Quarter 1, 2015-16
- Quarter 4, 2014-15
If you have any questions about the Better Care Fund please email us at: email@example.com