The Better Care Fund is about joining up health and social care services so that they work together seamlessly for local people. Even through the focus of Better Care is on helping people avoid staying in hospital, - locally emergency admissions are planned to fall by 3% in the first year - at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust we have a key role in working with our partner organisations to achieve this.
By further improving NHS and social care support in the community, Better Care will help people leave hospital sooner or avoid hospital all together. The support will be around prevention, so people stay healthy, and recovery, so they can get back their independence following an illness or injury at home.
Better Care joins together part of the local budget for NHS and Social Care services from April 2015. Each NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local authority Health and Wellbeing Board has jointly agreed a Better Care Fund plan and these plans have been approved by NHS England. There is a plan for Hampshire and a plan for Portsmouth. Our partner websites will be updated with news about Better Care and how the public and patients can be involved.
The focus will initially be around services often used by older people and vulnerable adults. In future years it is planned that the Better Care Fund will be used to develop services for other groups, such as children and young people.