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.”