Better Care Fund support
SCIE provides support to develop and implement Better Care Fund plans including access to experienced consultants on integrating social care and health systems and practical resources.
We are currently working in partnership with KPMG and PPL on support to develop Better Care Fund plans for 2016/17.
Delayed transfers of care: signposting resource
The transfer of care – from hospital to home, or between any other part of the system – represents major pinch points where services and processes often struggle to be truly integrated around the needs of individuals.
The Better Care Fund is being used to leverage system-wide integration, including improving local areas’ approaches to managing delayed transfers of care (DTOC).
The Better Care Fund framework and guidance now includes a new national condition which requires local areas to:
- fund NHS commissioned out-of-hospital services
- develop a clear, focused action plan for managing delayed transfers of care, including locally agreed targets.
A new resource signposts BCF leads to useful resources to support the development of the delayed transfers of care plans within the BCF plans for 2016/17.
It takes a person-centred, whole-systems approach and includes:
- signposting to the most up-to-date guidance, tools and practice examples
- a checklist of issues to consider when developing DTOC plans
- sources of additional support on DTOC planning and delivery.
Delayed transfers of care: signposting resource (March 2016)
This forms part of the work commissioned by the Better Care Support Team from KPMG, SCIE and PPL.
If BCF leads have any questions or further support needs related to DTOC or BCF, they should contact their Better Care Manager (BCM).
Risk sharing: Quick guide
Risk sharing is a management method of sharing risks and rewards between members of a group by distributing gains and losses on a pre-determined basis.
A new guide has been produced to supplement information in the 2016/17 Better Care Fund Policy Framework and Technical Guidance Annex 4. It provides practical guidance that can be applied immediately.
This guide provides advice on how to meet the risk-sharing requirements of the Better Care Fund. It covers the specific risk shares associated with improving out-of-hospital services, reducing non-elective admissions and delayed transfers of care. It highlights that these risks are best mitigated and shared in the context of a system-wide approach to risk management.
Key changes in 2016/17
A short guide to the key changes to the Better Care Fund in 2016/17, including:
- a simplified planning and assurance process
- payment for performance replaced by two new national conditions
- updates to the national condition regarding seven-day services
- updates to the BCF planning template.
Better Care Fund – What has changed in 2016/17 ( March 2016)
- Better Care Fund planning guidance 2016/17: policy framework, planning requirements, template and deadlines
- How to guides and webinars created as part of the Better Care Implementation Support Programme 2015/16
- The Better Care Exchange: a single, accessible, place for sharing learning, information and good practice on delivering better, integrated health and social care and supporting the implementation of BCF plans.