Like all local areas, East Midlands local authorities and clinical commissioning groups have pooled budgets under the Better Care Fund (BCF) for the purposes of integrated care, and developed BCF plans according to their local needs.
The BCF has encouraged collaborative working in local areas. Many local areas in East Midlands voluntarily pooled more BCF funds than required. Their local health and care leaders also indicated that the overall delivery of the BCF has improved joint working and integration of health and social care in their area.
The Five Year Forward View set out a clear vision on how to close the gaps of the health and wellbeing of the population, the quality of care provided, and the finances and efficiencies of NHS services. Sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) and integrated care systems (ICSs) are the NHS’s chosen vehicle to deliver this vision. All local areas, including those in East Midlands, have already got their local plans and partnerships in place to achieve this. As STPs and ICSs continue to develop, we expect them to make more progress in integrating care across their area, bringing together organisations to provide more seamless and joined-up care for patients.