The government has confirmed that the Better Care Fund (BCF), which provides financial support for councils and NHS organisations to jointly plan and deliver local services, will be renewed for 2019 to 2020, bringing the pooled funding to over £6.4 billion. The Better Care Fund builds on the NHS Long Term Plan’s aims to create a more integrated and collaborative health and care system.
The Better Care Fund (BCF) is a programme spanning both the NHS and local government which seeks to join-up health and care services, so that people can manage their own health and wellbeing, and live independently in their communities for as long as possible.
The BCF has been created to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society, placing them at the centre of their care and support, and providing them integrated health and social care services, resulting in an improved experience and better quality of life.
The fund has been effective in:
o Helping to keep people living independently at home.
o Providing joined-up reablement services.
o Reducing delayed discharges across the system, and
o Achieving closer working between the NHS and social care services.