Policy paper

Better Care Fund: how it will work in 2016 to 2017

The Better Care Fund (BCF) will provide financial support for councils and NHS organisations to jointly plan and deliver local services.


Better Care Fund: policy framework


This document sets out the agreed way in which the Better Care Fund (BCF) will be implemented in financial year 2016 to 2017.

It covers such issues as:

  • the legal and financial basis of the fund
  • conditions of access to the fund
  • national performance metrics
  • the assurance and approval process

The document needs to be read alongside the NHS Mandate and BCF planning guidance.

29 February 2016

Added link to the Better Care Fund Planning guidance on the NHS England website.

Published 8 January 2016