Better Care Fund

The £3.8 billion Better Care Fund (BCF) was announced by the Government in the June 2013 Spending Round, to support transformation and integration of health and social care services to ensure local people receive better care. The BCF is a pooled budget that shifts resources into social care and community services for the benefit of the NHS and local government.

Following agreement by Ministers in June 2014, £1 billion of the NHS additional contribution to the BCF will now either be commissioned by the NHS on out of hospital services or be linked to a corresponding reduction in total emergency admissions. Protection of social care remains a top priority, and the revised plans must reflect this clear policy intention.

Key information

BCF plan guidance and templates: issued 25 July 2014

Better Care Fund resubmission process

Both parts of the plans are to be submitted by 12pm on 19 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.
If there are any queries about the resubmission process, please contact bettercarefund@dh.gsi.gov.uk.

About the BCF

The August 2013 Spending Review established the £3.8 billion BCF "to deliver better outcomes and greater efficiencies through more integrated services for older and disabled people."

2013 Spending Review (PDF on .GOV website)

The development and implementation of this policy has been articulated through the following communications:

Support for completing the BCF plan

Making it Better

To help local areas achieve the excellent plans to which they aspire, we have developed a robust programme of support. This slide pack, titled 'Making it Better a guide to resources for improving Better Care Fund plans', provides more details 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 this weekly bulletin.

Making it Better – A guide to resources for improving Better Care Fund plan (Powerpoint, 53 slides, 622KB)

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 regional team, cc'ing in your Local Area Team and local government regional lead. The email addresses you need can be found in this document.

Contact details for NHS regional and local area teams, and LG regional leads (Excel, 23KB)

Integrated care toolkit

This LGA toolkit can be used to support the development of a joint vision, through reference to the 'value case' work, as well as modelling reconfiguration across your health and care system using the modelling tool.

Integrated care toolkit

BCF and the Care Act

A short summary of the Care Act and its relationship with the Better Care Fund for those who are unfamiliar with it.

Care Act overview for BCF toolkit (PDF, 2 pages, 100KB)

Other resources on the NHS England website

NHS England has provided a range of tools and support for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authorities, including:

  • a Q&A
  • information about BCF allocations
  • BCF statististical significance calculator

NHS England Better Care Fund page

BCF webinars page

BCF FAQs

Mapping of CCGs to HWBs, and HWBs to Area Team and Local Government Region contacts (Excel, 47KB)

Contact

The LGA and NHS England will continue to provide support to local areas to ensure all areas have a completed plan in place by February. If you have any questions please contact: Tom.Shakespeare@local.gov.uk

15 August 2014

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