Implementation support

Following last week’s news of the appointment of the KPMG-led consortium to provide the national programme of implementation support, we can share further details.
1. Your opportunity to shape the package of support
To begin co-designing the way in which information, knowledge and good practice can be shared, a co-design workshop is being held in London at the Social Care Institute for Excellence on Friday 23rd January from 10-12 noon.  We need your input to understand what information would be most useful to support the implementation of Better Care and how best to connect communities and peers in a way that enables this.
If you are interested in attending the workshop or getting involved in future co-design opportunities, please contact
We are looking to you to help shape the support that will be provided in the coming months.  A survey is attached with this email update to get your thoughts on the areas of support that would be most helpful to you and your area.  We are looking to gather a wide range of views to ensure that we shape this support in the most helpful way possible.  Your input will be vital in getting the support approach right, and we would greatly value your feedback on those areas where you feel that support would be most helpful to you. Responses need to be returned by Friday 23rd January to 
2. Practical support workshops in your local area
A series of regional workshops, to be scheduled from the week commencing 2nd February 2015, will focus on how to lead and manage the successful implementation of Better Care.  This is a great opportunity to access advice and guidance about what this might look like, address any barriers you are facing in your local area, hear about what others are doing and seek practical advice from senior figures.  Venues and dates are being finalised for these workshops and invitations will be issued this week. 
Pooled budget arrangements for the BCF
Further to a recent HFMA survey, we understand there are some areas that would benefit from further clarity on the legal requirements around pooling the BCF monies.  As referred to in the BCF planning guidance, the minimum BCF funding is conditional upon pooling the money via a section 75 pooled budget arrangement.  The assurance outcome letters, following the submission of plans in September and the nationally consistent assurance review (NCAR) process that followed, made clear that all approved plans will be subject to a number of standard conditions – one of them being that the funds must be pooled via a section 75 pooled budget arrangement.  This condition is in line with the legislation contained within s.223G and s.223GA of the NHS Act 2006 (as amended most recently by the Care Act 2014). Guidance on developing an s.75 agreement and a template agreement can be found here.
Many thanks,
John Wardell
Better Care Fund Deputy Programme Director
Better Care Fund Task Force
Department of Health
Local Government Association
NHS England
Department of Communities & Local Government