The £3.8 billion Better Care Fund (BCF), known locally as Warwickshire Cares – Better Together, was announced by the Government in the June 2013 Spending Round, to support the transformation and integration of health and social care services to ensure local people receive better care. The BCF is a pooled budget that allows health and social care commissioning services that are more joined up.
In June 2014, an additional £1 billion of NHS funding was added to the BCF across England to be used to commission out of hospital services and reduce emergency admissions. Together with Warwickshire County Council and our local CCG colleagues we have submitted our proposal, which is all about a shared vision for working
collaboratively across Warwickshire’s health and social care system and looks forward to 2019/20
and beyond. The agreed aims are:
• People are helped to remain healthy and independent;
• People are empowered to play an active role in managing their own care and the care they receive;
• People get the right service at the right time and in the right place – (this means services will envelop individuals close to their home).
It really is early days and despite the Better Together programme officially going live on 1 April 2015 with much having already been achieved there is still a great deal to be done.
The Better Care Fund (BCF) continues for 2016/17 and it is anticipated that it will be subsumed into the Sustainability and Transformation Plan in 2017/18.
The budget for the BCF is set nationally and for 2016/17 in Warwickshire is £38m. The South Warwickshire CCG BCF budget has been agreed at £15,812k (which is the same as 2015/16 plus a 2% inflationary uplift). The 2016/17 Warwickshire Cares - Better Together programme will mainly focus on projects that deliver a reduction in unplanned admissions and reducing ‘Delayed Transfers of Care’.
For further infromation visit the Warwickshire Cares - Better Together website.