In this issue:

  • New resources from the Better Care Support team – available on the Better Care Exchange
    • Tool for financial modelling
    • Workforce related case studies
  • How important is it to have an online platform for integrated care? We need your views!
  • New Integrated approach to assessing carers’ health and wellbeing

 

New resources from the Better Care Support team

Tool for financial modelling

We are pleased to announce a new tool to support financial modelling, developed on  behalf of the Better Care Support Team by Optimity Advisors, is also now available on the Better Care Exchange.

The tool illustrates the required reduction in a series of activity based metrics in order for any integrated care to be cost-effective. This tool was conceived as a response to the fact that there is relatively limited empirical evidence on the effectiveness of specific integrated care interventions, on which commissioners and programmes leads could base a decision about whether to invest.

You’ll be able to find the tool on the Better Care Exchange if you search under #finance or #modelling .  If you have comments or queries on the tool, please email england.bettercaresupport@nhs.net.  We hope to be able to offer you an interactive webinar or podcast to provide a more accessible introduction to this tool, and will update you as soon as possible on the timing of this.  

Workforce related case studies

We are also pleased to announce that a new suite of case studies, developed on behalf of the Better Care Support Team by Optimity Advisors, is now available on the Better Care Exchange.

These case studies set out, how local areas have addressed a series of workforce related challenges associated with delivering integrated care, ranging from the need to address cultural and behavioural change to the need to develop new forms of systems leadership across integrated care systems. We are very grateful to the case study sites for their input into this work.

You’ll be able to find the case studies on the Better Care Exchange, if you search under #workforcedevelopment.  If you have any comments or queries, please email england.bettercaresupport@nhs.net

 

How important is it to have an online platform for integrated care? We need your views!

A reminder that the Better Care Support Team are holding four regional telephone focus groups next week to get views on the future of our online platform for integrated care, the Better Care Exchange. We want to hear from you!

These one-hour sessions are aimed at integrated care professionals working in local areas. Learning from the focus groups will enable us to better understand your online collaboration and support needs and will inform development of our future plans for the Better Care Exchange.

 Please get in touch with james.tyler@nelcsu.nhs.uk to book a place. Dates by region are as follows:

  • North - 7 June, 16:00 – 17:00
  • South - 7 June, 14:30 – 15:30
  • Midlands & East - 9 June, 14:30 –15:30
  • London - 9 June 16:00 – 17:00

 

If you’re unable to join any of the above discussions, you can also contribute your views via our  online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/76KTT3Q

Your input really is valued and will help to shape our future online support offer – so please do get in touch.

New Integrated approach to assessing carers’ health and wellbeing

NHS England has published an “Integrated approach to identifying and assessing Carer health and wellbeing”. The toolkit:

  • clarifies the new duties on NHS organisations under the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014
  • provides a template Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support joined up working locally, and
  • Includes numerous examples of positive practice of work that have proven successful in supporting carers and their families.

The toolkit will be invaluable in supporting the commissioning of Carer support services within new models of care. Copies of the toolkit can be accessed online at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/pe/commitment-to-carers/carers-toolkit/

Hard copies of the toolkit are shortly to be sent to CCGs, Directors of Adult Social Services, Health and Wellbeing Board Chairs, local authority Carers leads and local Carer support organisations. For more information contact Dave Ross, dave.ross@nhs.net .

 

BCF Programme Director