The Better Care Fund (formerly the Integration Transformation Fund) was announced by the Government in June 2013, to ensure a transformation in integrated health and social care. This is one of the most ambitious ever programmes across the NHS and local government.
Nationally, the government will introduce a £3.8 billion budget, which will be shared between the NHS and local authorities to encourage the NHS and local government to:
- improve outcomes for the public
- provide better value for money
- be more sustainable
Health and social care services must work together to meet individuals' needs, by placing their well-being as the focus of these services. They must also deliver better outcomes and greater efficiencies through more integrated services, particularly for older and disabled people.
Better Care Fund (BCF) plan
South Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group have published a joint Better Care Fund (BCF) plan which describes how health and social care services will work together in using the pooled funding from April 2015 onwards.
The plan has initially been 'approved with support' and was described by assessors as an 'exemplar plan; a testament to the strength of our local partnerships'.
We have described four key work streams in our BCF plan, all of which are now making considerable progress.
Read the plan:
Better Care Fund Part 11.8MB
Better Care Fund Part 2110.92KB