Consultancy calls for more effective use of Better Care Fund

Consultancy iMPOWER has called for better handling of the additional £2bn social care funding announced by the Chancellor in March last year.

The iMPOWER report called for the additional funding to be used for managing demand and not just crisis management.

The report states: “Whilst the funding has helped to meet demand within the system through reduced delayed transfers of care (DTOC), sustainable change is only possible if more of the £2bn is used to manage demand, not just meet it.”

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On a positive note, iMPOWER found the funding, almost half of which has been spent, had encouraged the NHS and local authorities to work closer together and helped reduce DTOCs by more than a quarter between February 2017 and January 2018.

The analysis also shows that three-quarters of money used so far had been spent on existing services with only 8.5% being used to address demand issues.

The report’s authors make a number recommendations, including increased co-operation between local authorities and health partners, the joint development of community services to avoid admissions and the development of strategic workforce plans, including a career framework across the health and social care sectors to boost recruitment and training.

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