In this week’s update:

  • New BCF Programme Director
  • Regional implementation support workshops
  • Regional support for March
  • Update on ‘How to’ guides
  • Reminder – co-design the Better Care Exchange
  • Reminder – consultation on s.75 partnership arrangements
New BCF Programme Director

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Ann Radmore to the Better Care Fund task force.  Ann has this week taken up post as the Better Care Fund Programme Director, with Andrew Ridley having now completed the transition to his new role as Director of NHS England, South.  Ann brings with her a wealth of experience, having in recent years been the Chief Executive both of NHS South West London and subsequently of the London Ambulance Service.  Ann’s leadership will be an invaluable asset as BCF plans become reality over the coming months.

Regional implementation support workshops

The regional implementation support workshops on leading and managing the successful implementation of better care kicked off last week and will continue to run this week.  These workshops present a fantastic opportunity for you to get practical advice on the leadership challenges that you face from our experts.  They will also allow to receive a wealth of support materials and develop meaningful action plans to overcome these challenges, as well as to network with your peers and share experiences as you seek to improve coordinated care for your service users.

These workshops have been well attended and warmly reviewed so far:

“I value the networking opportunity of meeting and discussing better care with others doing the same role”

“This workshop has been very helpful, sometimes it’s good to come together, share how hard it is and then move onto or refocus on the important thing – which is of course providing the very best care we can to our local community”

A schedule of the remaining workshops is provided below. If you have not received an invitation, but wish to attend, please contact to register. Similarly, if you are unable to attend the workshop in your region but wish to attend another, please contact to register your place at your preferred alternate location.

Region Location Date Time Workshop Leads
North East   KPMG office, Neville St, 1 The Embankment, Leeds 25th February 09:30 - 12:30 Stephen Dorrell, Dr Stephen Richards & Tony Hunter
North West Memorial Hall at the Albert Square Chop House, Albert Square, Manchester 24th February 09:30 – 12:30 Sir John Oldham & Gary Belfield
London Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, Russell Sq, London 26th February 09:30 – 12:30 Hannah Miller, Simon Morioka & Claire Kennedy
South KPMG office, 100 Temple Street, Bristol 26th February 10:00 – 13:00 Dr Nick Goodwin & Gary Belfield

Regional support for March

We would like your input to ensure the support offered to you in March is tailored to your specific and most pressing needs.  Our question to you is: what are the top 2 things that we could help you with in March in relation to implementation of your plans for integrated care, and how would you prefer to receive this support? 

Your responses will be fed into the programme of support currently being designed, and which will be delivered at a national and regional / local level throughout March.

Please email your response as soon as possible to  As soon as we are able to, we will provide more details on the finalised programme of support, now to include bespoke one-to-one offers for some areas as well as workshops on the themes that are most pressing for your region.

Update on ‘How to’ guides

In last week’s update we shared with you a working draft the guide How to… lead and manage Better Care.  Hannah Miller, former Executive Director of Adult Services, Health and Housing at Croydon council, and Ewan King, Director of Business Development and Delivery at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), have written an article for the Guardian Social Care Network examining the importance of communication in delivering better care, which you can read here.  The article references the guide, and picks up on a number of its themes.

The guide is a working draft, and we want to ensure that it is as relevant and helpful as possible, so please share your views with us.  Specifically, we would welcome your feedback on:

  •          What are the challenges you are facing that this Guide doesn't address?
  •          Are there any good examples, tools or suggestions that you think we could use in future versions of the Guide?
  •          What do you think about appropriateness of the language, tone and structure of the Guide?

The feedback will shape the content of the current and subsequent ‘How to’ Guides as well as the design and content of March regional support.

We will run the same process following the publication of each of the ‘How to’ Guides.  Look out for the second ‘How to’ Guide on the topic of bringing budgets together, coming soon.  Subsequent guides will cover joint working and measuring performance.

Please email your feedback to:

Reminder - co-design the Better Care Exchange

We are still looking for your views and insight to help co-design the Better Care Exchange online tool, which will help to support better care implementation by facilitating the sharing of good practice and the establishment of online networks. 

Please contribute your views by following this link: BCF Implementation Support.  It will take less than 10 minutes of your time, and there is a prize of £50 retail vouchers for one participant.  The closing date is Friday 27th February 2015. The Better Care Exchange will be tested and refined with a Co-design User Group before it is launched at the end of March 2015.

Reminder - consultation on s.75 partnership arrangements

On 6 February 2015, the Department of Health launched a consultation seeking views on the Government’s proposal to amend the existing regulations that underpin ‘Section 75’ partnership arrangements, to provide greater flexibility in the future around the potential inclusion of primary care in pooled budget arrangements.  The deadline for responses is 8 March 2015, and the full consultation document is available at: 


Many thanks,


John Wardell

Better Care Fund Deputy Programme Director


Better Care Fund Task Force

Department of Health

Local Government Association

NHS England

Department of Communities & Local Government