Event date: 12 March 2014

    Venue: Centre for Life

    Registration: 1.30pm

    Event: 2pm - 4pm

    Use this link for further information or to book

    What is Better Care?

    The Better Care Fund is a single pooled budget to support health and social care services to work more closely together in local areas. The government is changing the way that some existing NHS monies are allocated, to transform integrated services and systems. The aim is to avoid acute hospital care by using community based NHS and social care services. Following a draft plan that had to be submitted by February, the final proposals must be agreed by the local authority and the NHS through the Wellbeing for Life Board, and a bid submitted by April. The Better Care Fund in Newcastle is £21.8 million.


    There are national conditions for success, such as seven day working in health and social care, better information sharing between the NHS and social care, and a joint approach to assessments and care planning with a single professional for integrated packages. There are national measures, such as admission to residential and care homes, the effectiveness of re-ablement, avoidable emergency admissions, and the patient /service use perspective. Locally, dementia is proposed to be a measure.

    What is the event for?


    This event is to involve the voluntary and community sector in building success for Better Care in Newcastle.

    The voluntary sector will be affected by the Better Care Fund as it provides social care services, supports preventative activities for those ineligible for social care, and brings the voice of service users and patients to commissioners.



    The event is to help you find our more about the Better Care Fund for Newcastle and have your say.

    In the meantime, you can also look at this briefing note or this presentation.

    Are there other ways to have my say?

    You can respond to this on-line survey

    You can also contact Newcastle CVS through the link on the event booking page.

    Post event update

    Some resources for you:

    Powerpoint presentation: Better care fund - working together to deliver Better Care in Newcastle

    Better Care Fund short briefing

    Principles for Integrated Care

    King's Fund publication - Making best use of the Better Care Fund.

    If you have further comments or questions please contact

    Hilary Bellwood, Newcastle Gateshead Alliance at NNECCG.enquiries@nhs.net