BCF archive

Please note that the information below is now out of date. However, as some of the material may still be useful, it is displayed below for reference.

BCF Nationally Consistent Assurance Review Outcome

Revised BCF plans were submitted on 19 September and subsequently went through a Nationally Consistent Assurance Review (NCAR) process. The outcome of the NCAR has categorised plans into one of four assurance categories: approved, approved with support, approved subject to conditions, or not approved.

All areas will have received their assurance outcome letter detailing the reasons they are in the assurance category and what the next steps are.

It should be noted that for plans that have been categorised as ‘approved’, formal approval by NHS England will come into force once the 15/16 mandate has been published with the requirements regarding the BCF.

Updated Better Care Fund guidance and templates (July 2014)

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.

Updated Better Care Fund templates (18 August 2014)

*UPDATE 18 AUGUST* Please note that a number of technical amendments have been made to the Part 2 plan template. The new template is available below, and any old versions should be discarded. A macro is also available for download for areas who have already started their Part 2 plans to avoid having to start again. A summary of what has changed is contained within the spreadsheet.

Better Care Fund resubmission process

Both parts of the plans are to be submitted by 12 noon on 19th September 2014. Please send as attachments to: bettercarefund@dh.gsi.gov.uk as well as to:

  • the relevant NHS England Area Team; and
  • the relevant local government representative.

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 bettercarefund@dh.gsi.gov.uk.

The methodology for the National Consistent Assurance Review is now available, so that areas are able to understand how their BCF plans will be assessed after they have been submitted on or before 19 September” (August 20th 2014)

BCF Nationally Consistent Assurance Review outcome

Revised BCF plans were submitted on 19 September and subsequently went through a Nationally Consistent Assurance Review (NCAR) process. The outcome of the NCAR has categorised plans into one of four assurance categories: approved, approved with support, approved subject to conditions, or not approved.

All areas will have received their assurance outcome letter detailing the reasons they are in the assurance category and what the next steps are.

It should be noted that for plans that have been categorised as ‘approved’, formal approval by NHS England will come into force once the 15/16 mandate has been published with the requirements regarding the BCF.

Making it Better – A guide to resources for improving Better Care Fund plans

To help local areas achieve the excellent plans to which they aspire, we have developed a robust programme of support. This slide pack, entitled “Making it Better – A guide to resources for improving Better Care Fund plans” provides more detail on what support will be available and how to go about accessing it.  It also brings together a selection of resources that you can access immediately that will help you in developing a robust plan and roadmap for delivering integrated care. Over the coming weeks, as and when new resources are developed, we will add those into the “Making it Better” guide and highlight new content in theis weekly BCF bulletin email from Andrew Ridley.

Update at 1 September – the Making it Better pack now includes links to the ‘How to’ Guide: The BCF Technical Toolkit. The ‘how to’ guide comprises an overview document and four chapters that provide advice and tips for completing the technical sections of the BCF planning templates. They were developed in response to questions and support requests from HWBBs developing their BCF submission, and are intended to complement the national and regional support offers including webinars and clinics.

Also included in the pack are links to some further support on risk sharing, following requests from local areas. This includes some additional background and suggestions for what to cover in the risk sharing elements of the template: this has been prepared by the BCF Task Force in consultation with NHS England, other health ALBs and professional bodies. As part of the wider support package, Bevan Brittan has also prepared a template S.75 agreement with an explanatory note. This will need to be adjusted to reflect the local situation, but gives a solid place to start.

Update at 8 September – Five fast-track areas submitted their BCF plans on 29 August and are going through the assurance process. The fast-track plans can be found here. As part of this work, case studies were developed to share with the wider system to help disseminate the learning. See here to view or download the case studies.

Contact details for NHS regional and local area teams, and LG regional leads

“The Making it Better guide” provides details on how to access targeted and bespoke support. It will be necessary to go via your relevant NHS England regional team, cc’ing in your Area Team and local government regional lead. The email addresses you need can be found in this document.

BCF webinars

Please see here for details about forthcoming BCF webinars, as well as archived webinars for reference.

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 (updated 29 August 2014) which also includes questions that have been raised in the webinars held to date.

BCF regional clinics

The Task Force are running some regional clinics to support BCF planning. Your regional contact will have been, or will be, in touch with teams across each HWB area to ensure representation at a clinic session. If you have not yet been in contacted, feel free to get in touch with the relevant contact for your region as set out below:

Previous joint letters

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.

Previous guidance