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As part of the continuing drive from Government to encourage integration between Health and Social Care, a key move over the next few years will be the delivery of integrated Health and Social Care Services in the Community funded by what is now known as the Better Care Fund formally the Integration Transformation Fund.
Nationally, the minimum value in these funds will be £3.8 billion in 2015/16 which is coming from the health budget and will be managed through pooled fund arrangements at individual upper tier or unitary Local Authorities. These are special statutory schemes which enable health and social care allocations to be used across the health and social care boundary.
The intention is that the fund is used to transform the way in which care is provided to those with long-term conditions and the elderly, so as to support more independent living and reduce the call on more interventionist resources. There are national criteria which schemes must meet including the reduction of unnecessary admissions to hospital and also the reduction of long-term placement in care homes. As a result, there are two potential areas of opportunity for housing providers.
Whilst we appreciate that the housing sector has in many
instances found it difficult to engage with Local Health and
Wellbeing Boards, these are expected to be the key bodies driving
the strategic plans behind the Better Care Fund and housing
providers may want to renew pressure for access to the Boards, or
at least to work with other organisations such as Clinical
Commissioning Groups who are represented on the Boards. Individual
plans should be published shortly and again housing providers may
want to see what the Local Schemes are aiming at. Depending on the
scale of change planned locally there may well be opportunities to
bid for domiciliary type care, or to provide part of larger schemes
providing a range of care and support for individuals in