Dear colleagues,


In this week’s update:


Better Care Fund 2016/17 planning updates

  • Information-sharing workshops review webinar
  • Q2 data to be published shortly
  • Quick Guide published: Supporting patients' choices to avoid long hospital stays
  • Engaging people in service change event – presentations now published
  • Upcoming events
  • BCF featured in Homecarer magazine

Better Care Fund 2016/17 planning

Thank you to all areas for submitting your updated BCF plans for 2016-17. The regionally led assurance processes for each region are now underway, and you’ll all be receiving feedback on the plans shortly.

Just to remind you that the date for the final submission for 2016/17 plans, once formally signed off by your Health and Wellbeing Board, is Monday 25 April.

Also to remind you that we have recently launched two useful new planning support materials:

  • DTOC signposting resource and webinar
  • risk-sharing quick guide webinar

If you haven’t done so already, please do check them out. They are both available on the Social Care Institute for Excellence website at:

Information-sharing workshops review webinar

On Monday 21 March, we held a final webinar to consider and review the data sharing workshops that we ran with North of England Commissioning Support (NECS) around the country earlier in the year. Our next step will be to produce and circulate a report looking at the key themes arising, and our recommendations for future workstreams.


The report will present delegate feedback, observations and reflections which will be used to inform our future service delivery planning around information sharing to support integrated care.  Finally, the report will recommend ways in which to progress working in partnership with other national and regional organisations also working in the integrated care arena.


The final version of the report is due to be finalised by the end of March – and I will be providing more detailed information in the next issue of the BCF Bulletin.


Q2 data to be published shortly


The data will shortly be available on the BCF web page at:


Quick Guide published: Supporting patients' choices to avoid long hospital stays

NHS England has recently published a Quick Guide on Supporting patients' choices to avoid long hospital stays. It has been produced with the aim of supporting local health and social care systems working on reducing the time people spend in hospital, when they are ready to depart and no longer need acute care, but are delayed whilst making decisions about or making arrangements for their ongoing care.

The new guide is intended to be read alongside the 2015 NICE guidance Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs.

The new guide, plus a patient leaflet and all related policy templates can be found at:


Healthwatch conference – presentations now published

Healthwatch have now published the presentations (mine included) that were given at their Birmingham event on 7 March 2016 called Engaging people in service change.  The aim of the event was to demonstrate how good public engagement leads to better health care services and how communities can get more involved in the current reform programme.

To download the presentations, see:

To read conversations from the day see Twitter #PeopleAsPartners 


BCF featured in Homecarer magazine

Homecarer magazine is UKHCA's bi-monthly digest of policy and practice information for the domiciliary care sector. We were recently approached to produce an update on our work and to signpost people how to keep up to date with future developments. This has now been published in the March issue (page 14) – see:


Upcoming events

Date:                           12 April 2016

Title:                            School for Social Care Research (SSCR) Annual Conference 2016

Venue:                         LSE, London

Further details:  


Date:                           04 May 2016

Title:                            Effective Discharge Planning and Practice

Venue:                         Central London

Further details:  


Date:                           10 – 11 May 2016

Title:                            Community Care Live Birmingham 2016

Venue:                         Birmingham

Further details:  


Anthony Kealy

Better Care Support Team Programme Director