Better Care Fund

Making health and care better for our residents.

The NHS provides healthcare in England. It is paid for from your taxes and is generally free as people need it. 

Social care, such as home care or care home places, is provided by local councils and is means tested, which means some people may need to make a contribution towards their care.

What is the Better Care Fund (BCF)? 

The BCF is a national scheme that encourages health and social care services to work together more closely to provide a better experience of care to residents.

The Better Care Fund for 2019/20 focusses on  spending existing funds more effectively by much closer working. 

Our 2019/20 BCF plan concentrates on meeting the needs of older people in Hillingdon, providing support for people with learning disabilities and integrating therapy services for children and young people.

View the Health and Wellbeing Board agenda and draft minutes from Tuesday 24 September 2019; these include the 2019/20 BCF plan documents.

What we are doing now

In Hillingdon, we have a good track record of health care and social care services working together and, under the BCF scheme, we are working with the NHS to find even more ways to improve the way we work together.

Our priorities in Hillingdon are to:

  • provide better services in communities 
  • help prevent admissions to hospital
  • get people home quicker when they've been in hospital 

Our 2020/21 BCF plan

We are working with NHS partners on the 2020/21 plan, which will be influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic. Once the national requirements for the 2020/21 plan are known, this will be finalised. 

The draft 2020/21 BCF documents can be downloaded below:

National guidance on the development of a 3-year plan to take effect from April 2021 is due to be published in the autumn. More information about this will be published in due course.

Page last updated: 08 Oct 2020