The Better Care Fund was first announced in June 2013. It originally went under another name but the focus of the fund is to ensure every locality has just one large budget to work with, rather than it being split into different services.
The hope is that this will ensure those working in the NHS and in local government will come together to work for a better solution in every situation. Rather than spending out of their own individual budgets, different care providers from different areas will be encouraged to assess a particular case and to offer more common-sense services that will be focused primarily on the people who deserve them. In the long run this should be far better for the people who want to use those services, as well as offering the opportunity to spend less because the budget will be centralised rather than localised.
The plan provides plenty of support, advice and notes to those who will need to bring in the plans in their local areas. It is hoped that once the plans are underway the people who live in each area will be able to start benefiting from them very soon.
How can the Better Care Fund help you?
The Better Care Fund has been designed to bring together the many services currently available under NHS England. As such it is hoped that many individual local services will work more closely together to provide better care for everyone who needs it. If you should fall ill or be injured in the future and require treatment in more than one way, it is hoped this fund will enable that treatment and care to be given in a more streamlined manner. It may transform the way people are cared for in England today.
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