The Rutland Better Care Fund programme aims to shape more integrated, efficient and effective health and care services which work well for the people of Rutland. This is so that people receive the right care and support at the right time to maintain their health and wellbeing, staying well for as long as possible then preventing, delaying or reducing their need for care. Specifically, the aim is that:
"…by 2018 there will be an integrated social and health care service in Rutland that is well understood by users and providers and used appropriately, has reduced the demand for hospital services and puts prevention and self-management at its heart, including by building on existing community assets."
The programme is run jointly by Rutland County Council and East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group, and overseen by the Rutland Health and Wellbeing Board, and is one of the tools used to deliver the aims of the Rutland Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
As a result of the programme, Rutland performed well last year (2016-17) against key national Better Care indicators, reducing the number of people permanently going into residential care, successfully reabling people after a hospital stay, reducing the number of emergency hospital admissions and injuries due to falls, and driving down the number of hospital discharge delays.