Dear colleagues,

 

In this week’s update:

 
  • Q2 reporting template released – returns due by 27 November
  • New Better Care Fund self-assessment toolkit published
  • Regional learning and success sharing events – examples needed!
  • Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing: the inaugural Health and Social Care Integration Month
 

Q2 reporting template released – returns due by 27 November

 

Further to the trailer in last week’s note we are now able to issue the Quarter 2 Reporting Template. The return deadline for this will be 27th November 2015.

 

Following confirmation from Ministers that the BCF will continue into 2016-17 we have added a few additional questions on preparations that local areas are making for planning for the BCF next year.

 

Please read the guidance tab before completing and direct any queries to england.bettercaresupport@nhs.net as usual.

New Better Care Fund self-assessment toolkit

 

Today we’ve published a new Better Care Fund self-assessment toolkit. This aims to:

  • support areas to reflect on their system’s progress in integrating care, and
  • help areas to evaluate whether their current BCF schemes should be continued, adapted, or discontinued into 2016/17.
 

It has been designed as a facilitative aid that supports conversations in local systems through a number of exercises, prompts and questions. In response to feedback from local areas, we have also drawn up some typical characteristics that tend to be visible in the leading local areas, in order that those using the tool can discuss the extent to which they are making progress against these.

 

We have tested it over the past couple of weeks with a small number of local areas and national partners, who have helped develop this into a helpful tool that you should feel able to adapt to suit your local area needs and context.

 

The toolkit is attached here, and can also be found on the Better Care Exchange. The tool is not mandatory, but local areas may find it helpful to use in starting to plan for 2016/17. We’re really interested to hear how local areas are adapting and making use of the tool, so if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please let us know at england.bettercaresupport@nhs.net

Regional learning and success sharing events on Better Care

 

We have recently commissioned Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) to run a series of learning and success sharing events on the integration of health and care. These events will be an opportunity to share your own learning and successes, including any challenges you’ve overcome, and to learn from others.

 

The aim is for these events to be based around real local examples, with attendees learning directly from each other and further building relationships and networks in their area. For this to happen, PCC need examples from across the country of success, good practice and challenges that have been overcome in relation to integration of health and care.

 

Please let PCC know about any examples you have of something that’s going well in your local area. You can contact them directly: sean.fenelon@pcc.nhs.uk or charlotte.goodson@pcc.nhs.uk, or via the Better Care Support Team on england.bettercaresupport@nhs.net.

 

Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing: inaugural Health and Social Care Integration Month

 

The Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing will be launching their inaugural Health & Social Care Integration Month in November. You’ll be able to learn more about a range of information sharing initiatives and what is happening across a range of local places - there will be case studies on citizen engagement and integrated digital care records.

 

Keep an eye out for more information on their website - http://informationsharing.org.uk/ and follow the Centre on twitter @InfoShareCoE.

Anthony Kealy

Better Care Programme Director