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Gateshead Better Care Fund

What is the Better Care Fund?

This is a budget set up by the Government to improve the ways adult social care and health services work together, starting with services for older people and people with long term conditions.

In the main it is not new money, this is funding we already receive from Government, but we are going to pool our budgets to join up and reduce duplication of services and focus our efforts on improving our social care and health services for local people.

Main aims of the Better Care Fund

  • Improve services even though there are more people needing it and less money
  • Care for people in their own homes and reduce time spent in hospitals
  • Help people to better manage their own health and wellbeing

What we are doing in Gateshead

Gateshead Council and NHS North East Integrated Care Board (ICB) have written a joint plan.

The plan has been informed by the views of patients, carers, service users and the people who work with them. It sets out a clear vision of how we will improve services by the better coordination of information, staff and money on the priority areas for Gateshead.

How to find out more

If you would like further information on the Gateshead plan please email:


2021/22 Better Care Fund submission

Gateshead BCF Narrative Plan 2021-22 (PDF) [385KB] (opens new window)

Gateshead BCF Planning Template 2021-22 (PDF) [338KB] (opens new window)

2019/20 Better Care Fund submission

Gateshead BCF Planning Template 2019-20 v14 (PDF) [605KB] (opens new window)

Strategic narrative Gateshead (PDF) [128KB] (opens new window)

Document 1 Item 6 - HWB Integration Update (PDF) [323KB] (opens new window)

Document 2 Item 6 - Appendix 2 - GCP planning framework (PDF) [2MB] (opens new window)

Document 3 MoU for GHD Place System (PDF) [173KB] (opens new window)

Document 4 GHC System ToR (PDF) [182KB] (opens new window)

Document 5 HICM narrative (PDF) [78KB] (opens new window)

2017/19 Better Care Fund submission 

Gateshead BCF Narrative Plan 2017/19 (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)

Gateshead BCF Planning Template 2017-19 (PDF) [534KB] (opens new window)

2016/17 Better Care Fund submission

Gateshead BCF Narrative submission (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)

Appendix 1 Risk Share Agreement from 2015/16 Section 75 (PDF) [148KB] (opens new window)

Appendix 2 Gateshead DTOC Action Plan (PDF) [202KB] (opens new window)

Appendix 3 DTOC Plan Trajectory (PDF) [595KB] (opens new window)

Appendix 4 Composite BCF Scheme Review (PDF) [344KB] (opens new window)

Appendix 5 GP Strategy (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)

Gateshead Better Care Fund 2016-17 - Submission 4 v2 (PDF) [548KB] (opens new window)

External links

Health Watch Gateshead


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