Integrating health and social care through the Better Care Fund

Updated on 18 Apr, 2017

The Better Care Fund was announced by the government in June 2013 to support transformation in integrated health and social care.

It creates a local, single pooled budget to encourage the NHS and local government to work more closely and focus on the health and wellbeing of the local population together. The fund is made up of existing health and social care budgets; it is not new money.

Health and wellbeing means more than overcoming illness and receiving treatment. It is about being well physically, mentally and socially, feeling good and being able to live a healthy and fulfilled life.

The Better Care Fund is overseen by health and wellbeing boards which reflect local council boundaries – the CCG’s population crosses three of these. This means that there are three plans in place for the whole of the Vale of York.

Our collaboration with partners at City of York Council, North Yorkshire County Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, North Yorkshire Police, acute trusts, member practices and other care providers has led to the provision of better support at home and earlier treatment in the community so people can remain healthy and independent in their own home without the need for urgent hospital care.

All of our BCF plans are aimed at improving the physical and mental health and wellbeing through a range of schemes that:

  • wrap around the individual;
  • provide care outside of hospital settings to deliver reduced hospital admissions and rapid discharge after admission to hospital; and
  • support better end of life care

The success of this work is measured by the impact it has on individuals, how it contributes to the sustainability of health and social care provision and the positive outcomes it creates. The Better Care Fund submission documents for the Vale of York are available below.

North Yorkshire Better Care Fund submission
East Riding of Yorkshire Better Care Fund submission
City of York Better Care Fund submission
2017-19 Integration and Better Care Fund

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