Oxfordshire County Council has an existing and long-standing agreement under Section 75 of the National Health Services Act 2006 with Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to pool resources and deliver shared objectives, often referred to as “pooled budgets”. Pooling budgets enable better integration of health and social care, leading to a better experience and outcomes for people and their carers.
Oxfordshire has the largest genuinely pooled budgets in the country that reflects our commitment to joining up our commissioning and using resources flexibly for the benefit of people who need care.
Our pooled budgets cover services for all adults, including older people, people with physical disabilities, people with learning disabilities, people with mental health needs, people with acquired brain injury, and people with autism. The County Council acts as the lead organisation for learning disabilities and acquired brain injury, and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group for the mental health and autism elements.
The pooled budgets are governed by Joint Management Groups. The Joint Management Groups provide oversight and management of spending and activity in improving outcomes and meeting needs.
Better Care Fund Joint Management Group
The Better Care Fund is a national programme spanning both the NHS and local government which seeks to join up health and care services. Government has allocated money from the Better Care Fund to local systems to encourage integration between local government and Clinical Commissioning Groups resulting in improved integration between services.
In Oxfordshire, the Better Care Fund Joint Management Group (Better Care Fund JMG) monitors strategy, governance, finance, performance and risk regarding the management of the Better Care Fund. This is structured around three key elements – care homes, community resilience and hospital avoidance, prevention and carer support.
The Better Care Fund JMG meets every two months in private and once a year in public.
It reports to the Health and Wellbeing Board, Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet and the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
The group is chaired by Councillor Lawrie Stratford (Cabinet member for Adult Social Care) and is made up of representatives from Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and from Oxfordshire County Council
Adults with Care and Support Needs Joint Management Group
The Adults with Care and Support Needs Joint Management Group (Adults with Care and Support Needs JMG) monitors strategy, governance, finance, performance and risk in commissioning for the previous mental health and learning disability pools together with resources that support people living with acquired brain injury and autism.
The Adults with Care and Support Needs JMG meets every two months in private and once a year in public.
The Adults with Care and Support Needs JMG reports to the Health and Wellbeing Board, Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet and the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
The group is chaired by Dr David Chapman (Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group) and membership is made up of representatives from Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and from Oxfordshire County Council