Dear colleagues, 

In this week’s update:

  • Better Care Fund 2016/7 planning updates
  • Q3 data returns – a thank you
  • Information sharing workshops webinar – 21 March
  • Final learning and sharing event takes place in Taunton
  • BCF combines forces with Healthwatch

Better Care Fund 2016/17 planning updates

Risk sharing quick guide

Risk sharing is an important and complex aspect of BCF 2016-17 planning. To help plan and implement risk share arrangements, we are running a webinar on Monday 14 March at 3pm.  Following the webinar we will be picking up on the key themes discussed and including them in a comprehensive guide in due course. To register for your place on the webinar, please email:

Updated template for second BCF planning submission

A huge thank you to everyone for meeting the deadline for the first submission of BCF plans. I know this required some hard work around the country, and we’re grateful to you for meeting the timetable.

On 10 March the Better Care Support Team circulated an updated version of the BCF planning template. This was sent to those identified as key contacts on the first return, as well as regional Better Care Managers. We do not plan to make this template widely available on our web page. This template reflects back information submitted through the first submission, updated NEL targets from the wider CCG operation plans, and corrections to some errors in the first template.

Almost 50 people took part in a webinar that I chaired earlier this afternoon called, BCF – What Has Changed in 2016/7. The slides will be available shortly at:

We will also be producing an updated FAQs document.

The second submission of BCF plans for 2016-17 should be made to regional DCO teams and the national Better Care Support Team on 21 March 2016. If you have any queries about the 2016-17 planning process, please contact


Delayed transfers of care (DTOC) webinar and signposting resource now available

This week we ran a webinar covering a new signposting resource on managing delayed transfers of care (DTOC). The webinar was produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), in conjunction with KPMG, following the publication of new BCF guidance that now includes a new national condition which requires local areas to

  • fund NHS commissioned out-of-hospital services
  • develop a clear, focused action plan for managing delayed transfers of care, including locally agreed targets

The signposting resource is available on the SCIE website at:

Assurance approach and key lines of enquiry

The Better Care Support Team has published a document setting out the assurance approach that will be taken to BCF plans this year. This sets out the key lines of enquiry that will be used in assurance of plans. You can access it here: BCF Planning 2016/17 – Approach to regional assurance of Better Care Fund plans.

Reminder of timetable

2 March:          Local areas to submit a first draft of the BCF planning return template only to national DCO teams, copied to the Better Care Support Team, detailing the technical elements of the planning requirements.

21 March:       First submission of full narrative plans for Better Care alongside a second submission of the BCF planning return template.

25 April:          Final submission, once formally signed off by the Health and Wellbeing Board.   

Q3 data returns - a thank you

A huge thank you to everyone who met the deadline for Better Care Fund Q3 data returns. These are now being collated and analysed, and the full data set will be published in due course. Please watch this space for publication of Q2 data, which is coming soon.


Information sharing workshop webinar - 21 March

During January and February, the Better Care Support Team in association with NECS (North of England Commissioning Support Unit) have been delivering a series of regional

workshops, focusing on different aspects of information sharing to support integrated care.

The summary webinar will be an opportunity to get feedback from the workshop speakers, gain an overview of some of the key messages, concerns and issues highlighted as part of the events, and hear more about how the Better Care Support Team will support future planning in this area. 
To register for the Information Sharing Summary Webinar click here  If you have any questions about booking onto this webinar please contact the project manager on

Last regional learning and sharing event for 2015-16 in Taunton

The last in our sharing and learning events for 2015-16 has now taken place in Taunton.  Hosted by Primary Care Commissioning, this series of events provided an opportunity for regional BCF teams to share their learning and successes - including any challenges they have overcome - and to learn from others.  

The Taunton agenda featured an update from Rosie Seymour, BCF’s Head of Delivery and Deputy Programme Director, plus presentations by Southampton CCG, NHS Kernow CCG, Skills for Health jointly with Skills for Care, South Gloucester Council with South Gloucestershire CCG and Somerset CCG. Many different aspects of what is working well were covered, and these will be written up as case studies in due course. In the meantime, a couple of useful links were shared with delegates illustrating the significant progress that has already been made in the west:

NHS Kernow CCG’s Living Well initiative – full details of which can be found at: 

Plus a ‘talking heads’ video exploration of the experience of multi-disciplinary team meetings produced by Sirona healthcare demonstrating what ‘wrap-around’ care looks like in action:


BCF combines forces with Healthwatch

Last but not least, On 7 March I spoke at ‘The Value of Engaging People in Service Change’, a conference arranged by Healthwatch England. It brought together around 100 colleagues from local Healthwatch teams, CCGs, Councils, and other organisations to hear a range of national and local speakers and to discuss their own experiences of involving patients, services users and citizens in redesigning health and care services. The day included a particular focus on the BCF and I was joined by Emma Cooper, CEO of Healthwatch Wiltshire, who talked about the key role her team played as a critical friend in Wiltshire’s BCF plans.  Some of the material presented at the conference will shortly be available on the Healthwatch website at:

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Anthony Kealy

Better Care Support Team Programme Director