The Better Care Fund (BCF) creates a local single pooled budget to incentivise the NHS and local government to work more closely together around people, placing their well-being as the focus of health and care services. The BCF is a critical part of the NHS 2 year operational plans and the 5 year strategic plans as well as local government planning.
The draft Better Care Atlas includes the core BCF metrics as well as some additional metrics that relate to more effective use of resources. Please note that the indicators in the Better Care Atlas are crude rates and have not been standardised for age, sex or other unavoidable causes of variation. When comparing Local Authorities, users should consider whether some of the difference may be influenced by these factors rather than variation in performance.