Dear colleagues,

This week’s note is real *sparkler* [I’ll try to make that the only bonfire night quip in the note]:
  • FAQs on Q2 reporting
  • Local Integration Support Fund: first deadline for bids TOMORROW
  • Update on Peer Support Programme
  • Better Care Exchange
  • Meet the Team

FAQs on Q2 reporting template  

Attached is a document setting out some of the frequently asked questions we’ve been receiving in the Better Care Support Team mailbox ( We hope these are useful for other local areas. We’re still trying to reply to each question as they come in, so do keep contacting us directly with specific queries.


Local integration support funding: first deadline for bids TOMORROW  

As advertised a few weeks ago, the national Better Care Support Team have set aside an initial national pot of £500,000 for local areas to bid against to develop local integration support. There are two traches of funding to bid for – the first deadline for bids is today, 6 November 2016. The second tranche of funding is open for bids until 11 December 2016.  

This fund allows local areas to bid for money for bespoke, tailored support which more closely aligns with their support needs, for example, hands on support to help with the delivery of strategic objectives and planning for integration across health and social care locally, or technical support on information governance challenges.  

To submit a bid, please complete and submit the attached bid template to your Better Care Manager, or if not yet appointed, your regional NHS England lead. Attached is a short note with further detail about the fund and how to access it. Please do pass this message on to other colleagues in your region.


Update on Peer Support Programme  

The Peer Support Programme is underway, with Warrington and Southend agreeing to take part in the first phase of the Programme before Christmas.  

The key objectives of the Peer Support Programme remain:

  • To help localities to better understand what they need to stop, start and continue to accelerate progress towards integrated care.
  • To use the peer review process to build lasting capability in localities.  

However, the methodology of the Programme has been revised following feedback. It is now a more flexible offer to accommodate the different time commitments and requirements of localities and potential sites now have the option of: taking part as panel members, being reviewed, or participating in the peer support process in both capacities. Their input regarding what they want to get out of the process will form part of their review.  

Areas are therefore invited to consider participating in the Peer Support process in either or both of these capacities.  An interactive webex to discuss the methodology of the Programme will be held on:

  • Thursday 12th November: 3.30- 4.30pm
  • Monday 16th November: 3.30- 4.30pm
If you wish to take part in the webex, please contact Maria Heard:

T: 07788 444997  E:

If you wish to participate in the Programme or would like further information on the Peer Support Offer, please contact Adiba Enwonwu: 

T: 07767 005355  E:


Better Care Exchange  

It’s great to see so many of you using the Better Care Exchange to ask questions of other local areas and to share some interesting examples and tools. Don’t forget you can access the Exchange here - Anyone with an or email address can sign up automatically, and others can request to be added.  

Amongst other resources, you’ll find six recently published ‘Quick guides to get ready for winter’ on the Exchange, published by NHS England and partners, covering topics such as ‘Better Use of Care at Home’ and ‘Information Sharing’. These can also be accessed at


Meet the Team  

In this week’s Meet the Team section, we meet Evelyn Oyebanjo.


Evelyn is contracted into the Better Care Support Team from North East London Commissioning Support Unit (NEL CSU), and joined us in April this year. She currently leads the Programme Management Office for the team, as well as providing general programme support. She has a particular focus on the support element of the programme, and is our go-to person on planning and commissioning processes.  

Evelyn also continues to work part-time for NEL CSU, and is currently developing a pre-consultation business case to improve stroke rehabilitation services for CCGs in outer north east London.  

Previously, Evelyn was working an Integrated Care Project Manager at Bromley CCG and managed a portfolio of projects to facilitate the development of integrated services to support patients in the community, and reduce reliance on hospital based treatment. This included leading the delivery of a self-management programme, funded by the Better Care Fund!  

Outside work, Evelyn plays competitive basketball – she’s currently Vice-Captain for a team in Camden, playing in the London Metropolitan League. We hear she’s a real firework on the court…

Anthony Kealy

Anthony Kealy

Better Care Support Team Programme Director