Dear colleagues,

In this week’s update:

  • ‘How to’ Guides – feedback and forthcoming publication
  • Programme of support for March
  • Better Care Exchange
  • Reminder – National Audit of Intermediate Care
  • NICE guidelines on death and illness associated with cold homes

‘How to’ Guides – feedback and forthcoming publication

We have now published draft versions of three guides on:

  • How to … lead and manage better care
  • How to … bring budgets together and use them to develop coordinated care
  • How to … work together across health, care and beyond

These guides are all available on the Better Care pages on the SCIE website.  Please use this link to share the information with colleagues through your website, intranet, networks and social media. You can also take part in the Twitter discussions about the publications using #BetterCareFund.

All the guides are working drafts and to ensure they are as relevant and helpful to you as possible, we would like for views and feedback on them. Specifically we are interested in:  

  • 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?

Please email your feedback on any of the ‘How to’ guides to:

The final guide which focused on How to … understand and measure impact is currently being developed and will be published before the end of the month.

Programme of support for March

As part of the March programme of implementation support, a range of events will be running over the next few weeks to give you the opportunity to get practical advice, best practice and sharing learning from across national and local networks:

        The Better Care Cascade, a national conference running in London and Leeds, will involve 4 masterclasses from subject matter experts and leading sites;

  •          The Technical webinars will focus on the practical steps you can take to overcome the technical challenges around Joint Working, Section 75 and Data Sharing;
  •          The Regional clinics will deep dive into the key issues that you have identified locally as barriers to successful implementation.

Please see the timetable below for more details. Invitations for the below events have been issued. If you are interested in attending any of these and haven’t received an invitation, please contact to register. 

  Location Date Time Topic(s)
Better Care Cascade   KPMG London 30/03/2015 10:00 - 14:00 Key note address + 4 topics:
KPMG Leeds ~ Data handling
~ Measuring impact
~ Resource management challenges for integration
~ Engagement and communication
Technical webinars - 26/03/2015 08:30 - 10:00 Data Sharing
- TBC TBC Aligning incentives and risk sharing
Regional clinics
KPMG Leeds 20/03/2015 09:30 - 12:30 Aligning incentives and risk sharing
KPMG Gatwick 20/03/2015 09:30 - 12:30 Aligning incentives and risk sharing
KPMG Bristol 23/03/2015 14:00 - 17:00 Aligning incentives and risk sharing
KPMG Nottingham 24/03/2015 10:00 - 13:00 Data Sharing


Better Care Exchange

Thank you to everybody who has logged on and tested the Better Care Exchange.  Your feedback has been invaluable in enhancing and developing the Exchange to ensure it is fit for purpose.

If you would like to provide feedback on the Better Care Exchange and haven’t yet been able to do so, we welcome your thoughts and ideas on how it can be developed before end of day Friday 20th March.  You can do this by remotely accessing the Exchange and providing feedback through the Exchange itself.  Even just 30mins – 1hr of testing would allow you to provide really helpful feedback to the team.  Please email to request a test user login.

We look forward to hearing your feedback! 

Reminder – National Audit of Intermediate Care

As mentioned a few weeks ago, the National Audit of Intermediate Care (NAIC) 2015 is currently open for registration, but will be closing on 27th March.  You must register by this date if you wish your provider services to take part in the service user element of the audit (last year over 12,000 service users told us about their experiences of intermediate care). 

To meet the challenge of an ageing population, we need to understand how best to support older people at vulnerable times; particularly when they are at risk of hospital admission or being discharged from hospital.  Intermediate Care provides alternative, community based services to better meet the needs of older people and enable more efficient patient flows through the health and social care system.  

Recent endorsements for the audit:

  • The new Care Act 2014 guidance states that the NAIC will assist Local Authorities with understanding their provision of, and progressing local strategies around, “Preventing, reducing or delaying needs”.
  • NHS England has recently endorsed the audit and is encouraging CCGs and Providers to take part in NAIC 2015. NHS England sees intermediate care as highly relevant to the integration agenda with NAIC providing a valuable resource for Better Care Fund planning.
  • The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership has announced that NAIC 2015 is to be included on the 2015/16 Quality Accounts list.

Please complete the NAIC 2015 registration pages at the following link:

For any further information about NAIC 2015, please contact Katherine McAloon of the NAIC Support Team on or by telephone on 0161 266 2132.

NICE guidelines on death and illness associated with cold homes

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recently published guidelines relating to excess winter deaths and illnesses associated with cold homes.  The document is aimed at commissioners, managers and health, social care and voluntary sector practitioners who deal with vulnerable people who may be at risk of deteriorating health as a result of living in a cold home.

The aim is to help:

Reduce preventable excess winter death rates;

  • Improve health and wellbeing among vulnerable groups;
  • Reduce pressure on health and social care services;
  • Reduce ‘fuel poverty’ and the risk of fuel debt or being disconnected from gas and electricity supplies; and
  • Improve the energy efficiency of homes.

More details and the guidelines themselves can be found at:

Many thanks,

Ann Radmore

Better Care Fund Programme Director


Better Care Fund Task Force

Department of Health

Local Government Association

NHS England

Department of Communities & Local Government