Better Care Fund: 2019-20 Funding Renewed

The Government has announced that The Better Care Fund has made good progress towards its goals and its funding has been renewed for 2019/20.

Ministers have renewed funding for the Better Care Fund (BCF), which aims to instil a person-centred approach to integrated care through cohesion of health and social care services.

The government’s fresh financial commitments will bring overall funding to £6.4 billion for 2019/20.

Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage, commented that:

“Thanks to this government’s multi-billion pound investment the fund has significantly reduced delays to discharging patients. We must continue to work together to improve services and give people the best possible experiences of care, a crucial part of the NHS Long Term Plan.”

In 2019-20 the BCF will retain the same National Conditions as 2018-19, however it is hoped that reduced reporting requirements will increase effectiveness and measurements.

‘2019-20 is to be a year of minimal change for the Better Care Fund. Any major changes from the BCF Review will be from 2020 onwards’

Key performance metrics from the 2018-19 year are:

  • 93% of local areas agreed that delivery of the BCF had improved joint working between health and social care in their locality, in 2017/18
  • 91% of local areas agreed that delivery of BCF plans had a positive impact on the integration of health and social care, in 2017/18
  • 2,280 fewer people remained unnecessarily in an NHS bed per day, between February 2017-January 2019

Local Government Minister, Rishi Sunak MP, commented that:

“The Better Care Fund has made a real difference by enabling more people to be cared for at home sooner after treatment, freeing up much-needed hospital beds. This is testament to the hard work of local authorities, the NHS and social care providers working together.”

For further information, see the newly published Better Care Fund Policy Framework, and the associated Policy Framework released in April 2019.

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Published on 6. August 2019 in News, News EU, News International