The Better Care Fund (BCF) is a Government Initiative to create a single joint budget to incentivise the NHS and local government to work more closely together around people, placing their well-being as the focus of health and care services. The fund does not in itself create any new money but bringing existing budgets under joint commissioning responsibility is expected to lead to better outcomes for patients.
Public sector commissioners in Rotherham already align their commissioning strategies as much as possible to achieve best outcomes for each Rotherham pound through the Health and Wellbeing Board.
The Rotherham BCF brings together 33 service areas into seven themes that are particularly important for joint working into a single jointly owned budget of £32,390 million in 2017/18 and £35.523 million in 2018/19. The documents below give a full understanding of Rotherham's Better Care Fund.