The government’s Better Care Fund (BCF) has been increased to £5.3 billion, in a bid to improve the level of care integration in the community, and prepare for the expected pressures of Winter demand for services. This funding is expected to help reduce A&E admissions, and to cut the length of stay in hospital for people who could more beneficially receive care closer to home. The BCF was originally set at £3.8 billion.
“NHS England estimates that, based on local plans, the Fund will be supporting at least 18,000 individuals in roles providing care out in the community. This will be a range of social workers, occupational therapists, care navigators, doctors and nurses, deployed based on local needs and delivering care outside of hospital”.
Better care plans to help elderly and reduce hospital visits. London: Department of Health / Department for Communities and Local Government, October 30th 2014.
Related press comment:
Triggle, N. (2014). Care plan ‘to ease hospital pressure’ in England. London: BBC Health News, October 30th 2014.
A related BBC News analysis:
Triggle, N. (2014). Joined-up care: the elephant in the room. London: BBC Health News, October 30th 2014.