This is an update on the BCF implementation support programme. Please also feel free to share this information more widely with those you think might be interested:

Covered in this update:-
  • 1.Release of the beta version of the second ‘how to guide’ on pooling budgets (below)
  • 2.Developments on the 3rd and 4th how to guides (on joint working and measuring impact)
  • 3.Update on the Better Care Exchange website
  • 4.Details on local support
1. How to… bring budgets together and use them to develop coordinated care provision 

Attached is a ‘beta’ version of the second how to guide in the BCF implementation support series. We will be improving this further based on the outputs from this initial sharing and we would welcome your views – please share with . There will also be a technical webinar covering s75 arrangements on 18th March, as set out below.

2. The 3rd and 4th ‘How to’ guides
The 3rd and 4th ‘how to’ guides are both now in production. The 3rd guide on joint working is due to be published by mid-March and the 4th guide on measuring impact is due to be published by the end of March.

3. ‘Better Care Exchange’ update
Thank you to all of those who submitted their responses to the Better Care Exchange support survey which closed on the 27th February - feedback will be incorporated into the ongoing design of the Exchange. The ‘beta’ version of the website is now in place and members of the Co-design User Group were introduced to the Better Care Exchange through WebEx sessions last week. Initial feedback has been positive and we are looking forward to receiving more detailed feedback once remote testing of the site begins this week.  If you would like more information about taking part in the User Group please let us know at

There is also an opportunity to take part in a national webex to get introduced to the Better Care Exchange towards the end of March – please contact to register your interest in this.

4. Details on regional and local support for BCF teams

Following the first set of Leadership regional workshops in February, the outline of the programme of support in March is set out below – including a national event at the end of March and 8 regional workshop/clinics to cover the major issues identified in each region. We are in the process of collating local area views to shape the content of the regional support sessions and further details will follow later on this week. Bespoke support is also being provided to areas on a case-by-case basis. 

Format Location Date Time Topic(s)
National Conference

KPMG London

KPMG Leeds

30/03/15 10:00 - 14:00 1 key note + 3 topics:
~ Data handling
~ Measuring impact
~ Resource management challenges for integration
National Technical webinar - 17/03/15 12:00 - 13:30 Joint Working
Technical webinar - 18/03/15 17:00 - 18:30 Section 75 arrangements - Pooled and non-pooled budgets
Technical webinar - 26/03/15 08:30 - 10:00 Use of Data
Regional Workshop/clinic KPMG Manchester 13/03/15 10:00 - 13:00 TBC
Workshop/clinic KPMG London 16/03/15 09:30 - 12:30 TBC
Workshop/clinic KPMG Cambridge 18/03/15 09:30 - 12:30 TBC
Workshop/clinic KPMG Leeds 20/03/15 09:30 - 12:30 TBC
Workshop/clinic KPMG Gatwick 20/03/15 09:30 - 12:30 TBC
Workshop/clinic KPMG Bristol 23/03/15 14:00 - 17:00 TBC
Workshop KPMG Nottingham 24/03/15 10:00 - 13:00 Data Sharing

Kind regards,



Catriona MacKean

Better Care Fund Task Force

Department of Communities & Local Government

Local Government Association

NHS England

Department of Health

T: 0113 25 45879

M: 07824 384 001