The Better Care Fund is a pot of money – £12.3 million in Blackburn with Darwen – which must be used to support health and social care services to work more closely in local areas.
In this area, a lot of work has already been done to integrate health and social care and we are 100 per cent committed to improving how we work together for the benefit of patients and their families and carers.
While the Better Care Fund is not new money, it does provide an opportunity to accelerate our work in the run up to and during 2015/16 to bring in the big changes needed to work in a more integrated way.
Working together to meet needs includes statutory organisations such as ourselves as the CCG , Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and voluntary sector organisations in planning and providing a co-ordinated mix of care for those who need it.
We are involving patients, carers and other stakeholders in the developing of our Better Care Fund plans and are keen to hear your views.
If you would like to tell us how we could improve services so that they meet your needs please email firstname.lastname@example.org Blackburn with Darwen integrated care in the subject line of the email.