The Local Government Association (LGA) and NHS England have circulated a Statement on the health and social care Integration Transformation Fund (ITF). The £3.8 billion ITF was announced in the June 2013 spending round to ensure closer integration of health and social care.
The funding is described as: “a single pooled budget for health and social care services to work more closely together in local areas, based on a plan agreed between the NHS and local authorities”.
The joint statement provides a strategic ‘roadmap’ for local areas so that they can make plans in the run up to the ITF taking full effect from 2015/16.
To access the ITF local authorities and CCGs will be asked to develop plans jointly setting out how the pooled funding will be used in their locality for submission by March 2014. The plans must then be approved by their local Health and Wellbeing Board described as playing a key role in the assurance process.
Meanwhile, NHS England and the LGA and Adult Association of Directors of Adult Social Services will work with the Department of Health, Department for Communities and Local Government, CCGs and local authorities over the next few months on the following issues:
- Allocation of Funds
- Conditions, including definitions, metrics and application
- Risk-sharing arrangements
- Assurance arrangements for plans
- Analytical support e.g. shared financial planning tools and benchmarking data packs
For further information go to: NHS England: Local Government Association and NHS England publish vision for £3.8 billion integrated care fund (9 August 2013).