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The Better Care Fund: North Regional Event - Pooled Budgets

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This event (agenda designed with BCF local leads) was initially raised as an area requiring clarity on the national expectations regarding the operation of Pooled Budgets pertaining to Better Care Funds. At the event, the National Better Care Support Team will outline the requirements of a Pooled Budget and a number of local areas will be sharing their experience of operating pooled budgets and the benefits/challenges this brings. The workshop discussions aims to provide an opportunity for BCF local leads to talk through the issues regarding the operation of pooled budgets and find common solutions to operating problems/challenges.

Please see beneath the agenda for more information about workshops and the roundtable discussion.

For any booking queries please contact Jonathan.Williams@scie.org.uk


Agenda

10:00 am Arrival, networking, tea and coffee

10.30 am Introduction – aims of the day

10.45am Pooled Budgets:

Setting up a Pooled Budget – national expectations and how a Pooled Budget operates in practice

Key differences between a Pooled Budget and an Aligned Budget

11.30am Tea and coffee break

11.45 am Workshop 1 (two groups) - The governance/financial arrangements of a Pooled Budget

(NHS and LA) – can they be complementary?

12:45 Lunch

13.30 Workshop 2 (two groups) - The journey to a true Pooled Budget, setting up and overcoming barriers

14.30 Round table discussion:

Mags Walsh (BCST), Matthew West (BCST), Cliff Dalton (FCPFA, Head of Local Government)

15.30 Close

*Workshop One - 'The governance/financial arrangements of a Pooled Budget (NHS and LA) - can they be complimentary?'

  • Different financial reporting requirements and how this can be overcome in a true pooled budget, including accounting principles, audit requirements, carrying forward funds, applying budget savings, implications and overcoming LA and NHS different VAT regiemes
  • Examples of good practice; "pooled budgets in action", e.g. where governence is working well.

Workshop Two - 'The journey to a true Pooled Budget, setting up and overcoming barriers

  • How to decide which organisation should host the Pooled Budget - criteria to be taken into account
  • Legal issues to consider - disputes and termination of the Pooled Budget
  • Risk sharing - e.g. what happens when there's an overspend
  • How organisations can assure themselves of good financial managements
  • Examples of good practice; "pooled budgets in action", e.g. where disputes have been resolved

Roundtable

  • Financial Reporting Requirements - LA and NHS have different requirements, and therefore it is wasier to report if organisations look after different pots. How can partners manage the difference in reporting requirements and maintain joined up delivery?
  • Implications and overcoming different LA and NHS VAT regimes
  • How do you decide who the host of the Pooled Budget should be? Which is the best organisation to hold it? What are the criteria/topics to be taken into account to make the decision on who leads?
  • Accounting principles, carrying forward funds, applying budget savings
  • Risk sharing, e.g. what happens when there's an overspend?
  • Audit requirements: how should performance be reported when each organisation has its own audit requirements?
  • What happens if things go wrong and you want to terminate the pooled budget?
  • How does each organisationa ssure themselves of good financial anagements?
  • Should areas get legal advice when setting up a pooled budget? What happens when there's a dispute? What are the legal issues to take into account?
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