In this week’s update:

  • Regional implementation support workshops
  • Co-design the online support tool
  • Implementation support virtual ‘drop-in clinics’
  • Operationalisation

Regional implementation support workshops

Our first set of regional workshops, focusing on effective leadership to support successful implementation, will be held in the weeks commencing 16 and 23 February.  These interactive workshops are designed to give participants practical advice, best practice and shared learning from across the national network and will be facilitated by subject matter experts.

Please see the table below for the dates of upcoming workshops. If you would like to find out more about workshops in your area, please email

Region Location Date Time Workshop Leads
East of England KPMG office, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge 18th February 09:30 – 12:30 Paul Corrigan & Gary Belfield
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,


24th February 13:00 – 16:00 Sir John Oldham & Gary Belfield
North West Memorial Hall at the Albert Square Chop House, Albert Square, Manchester 25th February 09:30 – 12:30 Dr Stephen Richards & Tom Keohane

Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, Russell Sq,


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 Dr Stephen Richards & Gary Belfield
South KPMG office, 100 Temple Street, Bristol 26th February 10:00 – 13:00 Dr Nick Goodwin & Gary Belfield

Co-design the online support tool

Please help to co-design the online support tool, which will help facilitate the sharing of good practice and build online networks to support better care implementation, by completing the brief survey linked to below.  The survey follows on from the one circulated through this update in mid-January and should take no more than ten minutes to complete.  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.

Please click this link to input your ideas.


Implementation support virtual ‘drop-in clinics’

To provide additional implementation support, we will be running virtual ‘drop-in clinics’ over the next 2 weeks.  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.  The full list of experts with their biographies and availability is attached to this email.  If you are interested in booking a session with one of the experts, please email



Finally, work on the development of guidance for the operationalisation of the BCF is coming to a close, and we are hoping to publish it in the next two weeks.  The areas covered in the document include:

  •         financial accountability and governance for implementation of the BCF;
  •          ongoing monitoring of performance;
  •          alignment with 15/16 planning, including the process for areas to review non-elective target; and
  •          how the P4P mechanism will operate in practice.
There will be more details in future weekly notes as soon as it is available.

Many thanks,

John Wardell, Better Care Fund Deputy Programme Director