In this week’s note:

  • Better Care learning and success-sharing events – dates for your diary!
  • Updated FAQs on Q2 reporting
  • Local Integration Support Fund: update on first tranche bids
  • Update on Peer Support Programme

Better Care events: learning and sharing success

The national Better Care Support Team has commissioned Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) to run a series of regional events to share learning and success across the country.

These events are an opportunity to share your own learning and successes, including any challenges you’ve overcome, and to learn from others. Through facilitated sessions, you will be provided with access to solutions and examples of what works to take away and apply in your local area. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to build your regional networks and relationships with others working on integrated care.


These events are free to attend, and open to all those involved in commissioning and delivering integrated services. A list of dates and locations for the events is below – please click on the links to book your place.

Tuesday 2nd February 2016, Birmingham
Wednesday 3rd February 2016, Leeds

Thursday 4th February 2016, Manchester
Tuesday 9th February 2016, Newcastle
Wednesday 10th February 2016, Cambridge
Thursday 11th February 2016, Leicester
Tuesday 23rd February 2016, London
Wednesday 24th February 2016, Gatwick
Thursday 25th February 2016, Reading
Wednesday 2nd March 2016, Wellington

If you have any questions regarding these events, please contact the PCC events team:

Updated FAQs on Q2 reporting for Better Care Fund

We have updated the FAQs document on Q2 reporting for the Better Care Fund and attached it to this email. Please continue to send any questions that aren’t answered by this to the Better Care Support Team at

The deadline for Q2 data returns is 27 November 2016.

Local Integration Support Fund update

In October, the Better Care Support Team invited local areas to bid for a share of £500,000 to support implementation of integrated care. The funding was offered in two tranches with deadlines of 6 November and 11 December. There was a lot of interest in the fund, and we received 35 bids in tranche 1, with a total value of over £1.6 million!

Given the clear demand for this kind of support, we’ve been able to secure some additional central funding, to increase the total size of the pot to £1 million – split roughly evenly over the two tranches.


Given the scale of interest in tranche 1, we’ve had to take some difficult decisions about funding, but will be able to let local areas know the outcome of bids under tranche 1 by Wednesday 18 November. We will also set out some guidelines about the types of bids that are most likely to be successful under tranche 2.


Update on Peer Support Programme

The first training for Peer Support  Panelists will be on 24 November. The first tranche of Panel members are from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council – who have identifed individuals to paricipate in support panels and will be a support panel for a peer review session with Warrinton Borough Council later this year.

Panel members will participate in a seminar day to:

  • understand how to (from a peer support perspective) listen, observe, comment and engage in discussion
  • provide feedback on a set of pre-determined and mutually agreed areas of practice
  • provide feedback which will help formulate analysis and identify key strategic steps to facilitate strategic change and better care

The peer support process facilitated by the trained panel members 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. 


Future training seminars and peer support sessions are being planned.  If you are interested in taking part in the Peer Support process – either as a panel member or the recipient of a support session – or both, contact Adiba Enwonwu on 07767  005355 or

  Anthony Kealy

Anthony Kealy

Better Care Support Team Programme Director