Better Care Fund

Department of Health written question – answered on 4th December 2015.

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Photo of Peter Kyle Peter Kyle Labour, Hove

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Better Care Fund in reducing delayed discharges from hospitals.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Better Care Fund (BCF) aims to incentivise the National Health Service and local government to work more closely together at a local level to provide a joined up health and care service for their local population. Integrating health and social care will take time. Delayed transfers of care per 100,000 (DTOC) is included as a metric for the BCF as it is one of a number of ways to measure the effectiveness of joint working among local partners.

The results for Q4 2014-15 and Q1 2015-16 data collections can be found on the NHS England website at:

The latest data was published on 26 November 2015.

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