Dear colleagues

 I am pleased to attach here the final annex of the CCG planning guidance for 2016-17. This annex sets out the expectations for planning for the Better Care Fund in 2016-17. A copy is attached here, and will also shortly be published via the NHS England website:

 The Better Care Fund Planning Return template will also be published here in the next day.

 The high level timetable for returns for local Better Care Fund plans is as follows:

 2 March:         Local areas to submit only the completed BCF Planning Return template to your local DCO team copied to the Better Care Support Team (, detailing the technical elements of the planning requirements, including funding contributions, a scheme level spending plan, national metric plans, and any local risk sharing agreement.

 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.

 Further information about the timeline for planning is set out in the guidance.

 Many thanks for your patience with this.

Anthony Kealy

Anthony Kealy

Head of Delivery Support

(Better Care Fund, Out-of-Hospital and Elective Care Programmes)