Dudley has a long-standing commitment to integrated health and social care provision and has been developing its approach over a number of years. The Better Care Fund, established to facilitate integrated commissioning, has become a key part of our joint working arrangements by pooling council and CCG funding for vital community based services and to encourage innovative and integrated ways of working.
Our Integration and Better Care Fund Plan for 2017-19, which creates a £148m pooled commissioning budget over the 2 years of the plan, has now received the highest level of assurance from NHS England and the Local Government Association. The plan describes how health and social care integration will support the transition to a new model of care in Dudley and is fully aligned to our shared plans for a Multispecialty Community Provider during 2018/19.
Delivery of the plan is overseen by the Integrated Commissioning Executive on behalf of the Dudley Health & Wellbeing Board. For more information, please download the plan here.