The Better Care Fund will provide financial support for councils and NHS organisations to jointly plan and work together to deliver local services.
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This document sets out the story of integration of health, social care and other public services, and provides an overview of related policy initiatives and legislation.
It is intended for use by those responsible for delivering the Better Care Fund at a local level (such as clinical commissioning groups, local authorities, health and wellbeing boards) and NHS England.
It includes the policy framework for the implementation of the statutory Better Care Fund in 2017 to 2019, which was first announced in the government’s Spending Review of 2013 and established in the Care Act 2014.
It also sets out our proposals for going beyond the Fund towards further integration by 2020.
While there will now be no separate process for integration plans, we will provide a set of resources, integration models and indicators for integration to help local areas towards our shared goal of person-centred, coordinated care.
The Social Care Institute for Excellence’s report, Integration 2020: Scoping research, has also been published.
The research, involving engagement with national stakeholders, local areas and people who use health and care services, was undertaken by the Social Care Institute for Excellence on behalf of the Department of Health.