Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) and local authorities have been given just over two months to agree and submit their Better Care Fund (BCF) plans for 2022/23.
The updated planning requirements, released yesterday (19 July), set out a number of updated objectives intended to address wider system and prevention outcomes through co-ordination of services.
- Enabling people to stay well, safe and independent at home for longer
- Providing the right care in the right place at the right time.
ICBs and local authorities must jointly agree and submit their plans to deliver on these objectives by 26 September 2022.
NHS England said that areas will be expected to describe their approach to integrating care to deliver these outcomes, including an outline as to how collaborative commissioning will support them.
They will also be required to detail how primary, intermediate, community and social care services are being delivered to support people to remain at home, or return home following inpatient hospital care.
The guidance said: ‘A system-wide understanding of demand and capacity across intermediate care is critical to enabling areas to maximise both people’s health, wellbeing and independence, and utilisation of system resources.
‘It enables areas to understand trends and variation, and so agree joint actions to anticipate demand more accurately across health and care in the medium and long term, and respond more effectively to shorter term or unpredicted demand or challenges.’