Better Care Fund

The £5.3bn Better Care 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 programmes across the NHS and local government to date. It creates a local single pooled budget to incentivise the NHS and local government to work more closely together around people, placing their wellbeing as the focus of health and care services, and shifting resources into social care and community services for the benefit of the people, communities and health and care systems

For more detail about the background to the BCF, please visit About the BCF.

For the latest news and announcements about BCF, please sign up to BCF programme director Anthony Kealy's weekly note by contacting You should also sign up to the Better Care Exchange.

BCF support and how to access it

The Better Care Support Team is providing a range of national and regional support throughout 2015/16. This responds to the survey of local systems about their support needs. It includes:

  • a peer support programme across health and social care to build awareness and shared learning
  • a programme of guidance, case studies and insight bulletins on workforce, information sharing and risk sharing
  • a series of regional events to share learning and successes
  • a pool of Better Care advisers to support resolution of intractable issues
  • Better Care Exchange – an online platform to share learning across the system
  • new regional Better Care managers to coordinate and commission support regionally.

Signposting tool to available support

The Better Care Support Team has produced a tool to signpost available support to address the biggest barriers to integrated care.

Support for integrated care (PDF, 14 pages, 472KB)

How to guides

A series of how to guides were produced to help areas with the implementation of their BCF plan. These documents are working drafts based on the best evidence available. If you have any feedback please email

Other useful tools and documents

Reporting and guidance

The Better Care Support Team has published a revised quarterly reporting template that are distributed via local government and NHS regional networks and directly to local systems. The reporting template has been streamlined and minimises the reporting burden on local authorities and clinical commissioning groups by using existing data collections where possible. Further details can be found on Anthony Kealy's weekly notes and on the Better Care Exchange. If you have any queries regarding the template or guidance, email

Guidance for the Operationalisation of the BCF in 2015-16


If you have any questions please contact:

For local government specific queries, please email or

23 November 2015

Better Care Exchange

The Better Care Exchange brings together all key documents related to integrated care and  provides a platform for collaboration and shared learning. We would encourage you to register and get involved with others across the country to highlight best practices, share your successes and support one another's progress.

NHS England

BCF planning

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