Government ministers have confirmed the renewal of the Better Care Fund for 2019 to 2020, bringing the available pooled funding to £6.4bn.
The fund provides financial support for councils and NHS organisations to jointly plan and deliver local services. It enables people to leave hospital sooner to get the care they need at home.
Government figures state that social care-related delays to patients being sent from hospital have been nearly halved since February 2017, as a result of investment in integrating social and health care.
Full story in National Health Executive, 22 July 2019