In this week’s update:

  • Capacity, Capability and Confidence
  • Secondment opportunities
  • Peer Led Review Programme
  • Better Care Exchange
  • Meet the Team
Capacity, Capability and Confidence

As you will all know, the primary focus of the Support Team is to support you in meeting your ambitions and goals set out in your Better Care Fund plans and as such we have developed a support package for the year. 

Part of this support package includes establishing Better Care Managers in each of the NHS England regions, working with local government. The Better Care Fund manager will be your everyday contact, working with you to understand the type of support you want and put you in touch with those local areas that have successfully broken down the barriers to integration.

We hope to have the Better Care Fund Managers in post very soon – see the secondments opportunities in NHS England North below. If you have any queries regarding these roles please contact the Better Care Support Team or your regional NHS England representative.

Secondment opportunities: 2x Better Care Managers (North Region)

NHS England’s north regional team are offering two Better Care Manager secondments to help support the implementation of Better Care Fund plans in the region.

The roles will work alongside regional and local health and social care leads to develop a detailed understanding of the progress being made to implement Better Care Fund plans, to identify the barriers and issues being faced and help to coordinate the appropriate packages of support. Skills required include a good understanding of health and social care systems, analytical and data handling skills, and credibility working with senior leaders.

Working closely with local NHS England teams and local government leads, one role will cover the localities to the west of the Pennines, with the other role covering the localities to the east of the Pennines.


The roles would be secondments until 31 March 2016, at circa NHS AfC grade 8a (with some flexibility possible dependent on experience); location is likely to be across a number of offices in the region with regular travel between sites. Interest in the roles is welcomed from colleagues currently working across the local government and health sectors. For an initial conversation please contact

Peer Led Review Programme (Support Offer)

The peer led review and improvement programme for Better Care is a pilot programme of peer reviews to support Better Care.  It forms part of the support offer being delivered by the Better Care Support Team to enable the successful delivery of Better Care Fund plans in the short term, and to improve capacity, capability, and confidence for the delivery of integrated care in the longer term.

The peer led review aims to build awareness and understanding of what are the priority issues to address within health and care systems to drive forward implementation of Better care Fund plans:  Amongst senior stakeholders across CCGs, LAs and providers - within individual localities to drive forward implementation of Better care Fund plans and to support longer term integration of health and social care.  It is intended that the peer led review and improvement process will provide teams with an assessment of the progress that is being made in their locality across all aspects of Better Care Implementation and will enable areas to identify challenges, priorities, opportunities and assets. 

The programme will initially involve 6 pilots delivered across 6 localities across England.  Subsequent to receipt of the evaluation of the pilot programme, the Better Care Support team will review options for commissioning a continuation of the programme in order to reach a greater number of localities.

We are looking for areas who would like to receive the benefits of this support offer.

If you would like to participate in the Peer Review programme or would like to make suggestions regarding possible pilot sites, please contact Adiba Enwonwu by Friday 21st August 2015 -

Better Care Exchange – Request for feedback


We are really pleased with the progress that the Better Care Exchange is making. Launched just ten weeks ago, it currently has close to 1000 registered users and is proving to be helpful in highlighting events, good practice and recently launched resources. That said we are also dedicated to improving the product, and for this we need your feedback.

1.Have you registered for the Better Care Exchange?

2.If not, why not? 

3.If so, how useful have you found it? 

4.Do you have any improvement suggestions?

Please send any comments you have to Jo would also be delighted to speak or meet with anyone regarding the Better Care Exchange. A chocolate bar will be awarded to the person with the most innovative improvement suggestion!

Meet the Team

In this week’s ‘Meet the Team’ we meet Jo Reilly.

Jo Reilly – Better Care Curator

Jo Reilly

Jo has been a part of the Better Care Support Team since March. She is a graduate trainee on the Civil Service Fast Stream, and currently moves between different departments for six month placements. Jo is the Better Care Exchange Curator, and is working hard to ensure that the site is as useful as it can possibly be. If you have integration successes you would like highlighting, or suggestions as to where more resources might be helpful, please do not hesitate to get in touch with her by emailing

Prior to joining the Civil Service Fast Stream, Jo did a two year Master’s degree in Religion and Politics at Harvard as a Frank Knox Fellow, primarily studying the Middle East. She grew up in a pub in Bermondsey, and can often be found enthusiastically watching the horse racing or football. She is a keen backpacker and has explored Russia, Mongolia, China, Israel and Jordan.


Ann Radmore

Better Care Support Team Programme Director