About us

Better care together (BCT) is a significant programme of work which will transform the health and social care system in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR).

BCT brings together partners, including local NHS organisations and councils, to ensure that services change to meet the needs of local people. We are also working closely with public and patient involvement (PPI) representatives to develop plans for change. 

Better care together is now developing the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for LLR. STPs are being produced by every health and care system in England, and show how local services will evolve and become sustainable. The draft STP for LLR and a summary of the STP contents are now available.

Why we need to change

People are living longer as a result of improvements in health and social care over the past twenty years. This is contributing to pressure on local health and social care services as more of us than ever before require help.

Locally we have some brilliant services which would be the envy of many places, but there are also some things which do not work well for people and their families. We have world class diabetes and heart services, but we also struggle with some of the basics, such as getting a GP appointment, A&E overcrowding, and above all, gaps between different parts of the NHS and social care.

One of the key issues we need to address is that too many people find themselves in hospital. This is often because we have not done enough to keep them well and supported before hospital becomes the only option.

We know that we can do better. We are developing plans to improve health and care. We need to know what people in LLR think about health and care services so that we can make them better for everyone. Find out how you can get involved.

Our vision

Our vision is for a local health and social care system that supports you through every stage of life, which 

  • Supports children and parents for the very best start in life 
  • Helps people stay well in mind and body throughout their life 
  • Knows your history and can plan your health needs 
  • Cares for the most vulnerable and the most frail 
  • Has services available when it matters and especially in a crisis 
  • Helps support patients and their loved ones when life comes to an end 
  • Provides faster access , shorter waits and more services out of hospital. 
Case for Change diagram
Case for Change diagram