In this week’s update:
- Regional implementation support workshops (leadership)
- Implementation support virtual ‘drop-in clinics’
- Reminder - co-design the Better Care Exchange
- Consultation on s.75 partnership arrangements
Our agenda is your agenda
We understand that as leaders, your time is extremely precious, the challenges that you face in leading your organisations to implement Better Care are vast, and can even seem insurmountable.The consortium responsible for the national programme of implementation support has listened to your feedback and has designed these workshops with your requirements in mind. Using the results of the BCF Implementation Support survey, the consortium has built the agenda around the topics you want to talk about. Over the course of 3 hours we will help you to develop practical solutions and actions to overcome the challenges you are facing, particularly around:
- Transition planning
- Engaging and communicating effectively across the system
- Leading and managing effectively
An expert panel, which includes national figures, renowned experts, and other BCF leads, are here to listen to your problems, and share their experience and advice to help you lead successful change.A schedule of the workshops is provided below. If you have not received an invitation, but wish to attend, please contact email@example.com to register. Similarly, if you are unable to attend the workshop in your region but wish to attend another, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your place at your preferred alternate location.
|East of England||KPMG office, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge||18th February||09:30 – 12:30||Paul Corrigan & David Reeson|
|West Midlands||KPMG office, One Snowhill, Snow Hill, Queensway, Birmingham||19th February||10:00 – 13:00||Hannah Miller & Gary Belfield|
|East Midlands||KPMG office, 31 Park Row, City Centre, Nottingham||20th February||10:00 – 13:00||Dr Stephen Richards & Gary Belfield|
|North East||KPMG office, Neville St, 1 The Embankment, Leeds||25th February||09:30 - 12:30||Dr Stephen Richards & Tom Keohane|
|North West||Memorial Hall at the Albert Square Chop House, Albert Square, Manchester||24th February||09:30 – 12:30||Gary Belfield & John Oldham|
|London||Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, Russell Sq, London||26th February||09:30 – 12:30||Hannah Miller & Tom Keohane|
|South East||KPMG office, 1 Forest Gate, Brighton Road, Crawley||18th February||10:00 – 13:00||Gary Belfield & TBC|
|South||KPMG office, 100 Temple Street, Bristol||26th February||10:00 – 13:00||Dr Nick Goodwin & Gary Belfield|
Please note the workshop in Manchester will be taking place on 24th February and the workshop in Leeds on 25th February.Implementation support virtual ‘drop-in clinics’
In addition to the regional workshops the consortium is running a series of virtual ‘drop-in clinics’ for the rest of this week. These are one-on-one telephone calls with national experts for individual sites to discuss the particular challenges and issues they are facing in their local area. The experts will offer their wide range of experience and expertise and provide guidance and practical tips to address your priority needs. If you are interested in booking a session with one of the experts, please email email@example.com.Reminder - co-design the Better Care Exchange
We want your views and insight to help co-design the Better Care Exchange, an online support tool which will help facilitate the sharing of good practice and build online networks to support better care implementation.Thanks to those of you who have already submitted your responses. If you haven’t already done so, please complete the brief survey below. There is a prize of £50 retail vouchers for one participant, and we are looking for responses before Friday 13th February 2015. The support tool will then be tested with a small user group before going live at the end of March 2015.
To access the survey please use the following link: BCF Implementation Support.Consultation on s.75 partnership arrangements
On 6 February 2015, the Department of Health launched a consultation seeking views on the Government’s proposal to amend the existing regulations that underpin ‘Section 75’ partnership arrangements, to provide greater flexibility in the future around the inclusion of primary care in pooled budget arrangements. The proposed change to the NHS Bodies and Local Authorities Partnership Arrangements Regulations 2000, would bring primary medical care functions within the permitted scope of partnership arrangements between local authorities and health bodies. The deadline for responses is 9 March 2015. Please see the full consultation document.The proposal would create additional flexibilities but does not impose any new requirements on areas or NHS England to make use of these. If you’d like to contribute your views, or those of your organisation, you can do so online here.
Please note that the advice provided in the summer regarding spending the BCF on primary care under the current framework remains correct. The BCF can already be used to pay for additional services commissioned from general practice (or other primary care providers) - that is, services that do not duplicate services already being commissioned under relevant primary care contracts in your area.
Finally, a quick reminder that anyone with a BCF policy query should contact firstname.lastname@example.org, while any queries specifically related to the national programme of implementation support should be addressed to email@example.com.
Many thanks,John Wardell, Better Care Fund Deputy Programme Director