Better Care Fund

The Better Care Fund (BCF) is a programme spanning both the NHS and local government. It 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 with ‘wraparound’ fully integrated health and social care, resulting in an improved experience and better quality of life.

A committed, cross-cutting partnership

BCF represents a unique collaboration between NHS England, Department for Communities and Local Government, Department of Health and the Local Government Association. The four partners work closely together to help local areas to plan and implement seamless 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 takes the form of a local, single pooled £5.3bn budget that aims to fund ways that the NHS and local government throughout England can work more closely together.

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. We will shortly be publishing examples of the work taking place and the difference it is making to people’s lives.

Please direct any queries about the BCF to: england.bettercaresupport@nhs.net

The Better Care Exchange

The Better Care Exchange (BCE) is a collaborative online community workspace designed for everyone involved or interested in working to integrate health and social care services.

Designed to be a constantly evolving learning hub allowing members to share queries, concerns, knowledge and experience around BCF implementation good practice, the BCE has a similar look and feel to Facebook and provides a vital virtual  networking tool.

BCE membership is free – for more details, see http://bettercare.tibbr.com

Recent developments

Over 20 people took part in a webinar on Friday 12 March called, BCF – What Has Changed in 2016/7. See the slide presentation here. An updated FAQ document will be published shortly.

The BCF data collection and performance report for quarter 2, 2015-16 is now available.

Better Care Fund Planning 2016/17

The second submission of BCF plans for 2016-17 should be made to regional DCO teams and the national Better Care Support Team on 21 March 2016. If you have any queries about the 2016-17 planning process, please contact england.bettercaresupport@nhs.net.

Regional assurance of BCF plans

The Better Care Support Team has just produced a document called: BCF Planning 2016/17 – Approach to regional assurance of Better Care Fund plans.

Outlining the assurance process and suggesting key lines of enquiry to support local government and NHS regional leads in the assurance of BCF plans, the document is intended to be a helpful guide setting out the minimum a plan should include.

Support on BCF planning

Two new guides have been produced to help local areas develop their BCF plans for 2016-17. These signposting guides cover

  • Delayed Transfers of Care
  • Risk sharing

They can be found on the Better Care Exchange and on the SCIE website.

Better Care Fund allocations 2016/17

Better Care Operating Guidance 2016-17

This document provides guidance to partners for local Better Care Fund plans – Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities, and Health and Wellbeing Boards – on the operational requirements for these plans in 2016-17.

Regional Better Care Managers (BCMs)

As part of the support offering for 2016/17,  the Better Care Fund has recently recruited a team of highly experienced managers to coordinate and commission support regionally. Regions, names and contact details are as follows:

Region Name Contact
London Jane Hannon janehannon@nhs.net
South Central Hilary Turner hilary.turner2@nhs.net
South Liane Jennings lianejennings@nhs.net
South West Molly Holmes mollyholmes@nhs.net
South (Wessex) Judith May judithmay@nhs.net
South East Joy Churcher
Mary Hill
j.churcher@nhs.net
mary.hill11@nhs.net
North West: Cheshire and Merseyside, Lancs plus Greater Manchester Justine Howe justinehowe@nhs.net
Yorkshire & Humber, North East Jenny Sleight Jenny.sleight@nhs.net
West Midlands Steve Corton steve.corton@nhs.net
East Midlands Wendy Hoult wendy.hoult@nhs.net
East of England Jonathan Matthews Jonathan.matthews2@nhs.net

Quarterly Reporting

Quarter 3 2015-16

The Better Care Support Team have issued the latest reporting template for Q3 2015-16. This should be used to report BCF performance for the period 1 October to 31 December 2015.

The completed return should be submitted to the national Better Care Support Team mailbox by midday on 26 February 2016.

If you have any queries regarding the new template please contact the Better Care Support Team at: england.bettercaresupport@nhs.net.

Quarter 2 2015-16

Quarter 4 2014-15 and Quarter 1 2015-16

The Better Care Support Team have published the BCF Data Collection and Performance Reports for Quarter 4 2014-15 and Quarter 1 2015-16. The reports should be read in conjunction with the explanatory note that explains how the data has been collected and what it relates to.