Report on Adult Social Care statistics in England

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) has today, published its findings from an in-depth review of Adult Social Care statistics in England.

The report, Adult Social Care Statistics in England, concludes that Adult Social Care has not been measured or managed as visibly as hospital care. The OSR believe that the ongoing public and policy debates around social care would be assisted by more comprehensive and better data and would welcome improvements to the existing statistics as well as more fundamental changes, that will require a cross-government commitment to improvements.

In the report the OSR strongly encourage the implementation of joined up data across the health and social care sector to understand how the two systems interact, and what drives the best outcomes. This information could also improve data to inform care, personal decision-making and national debate.

The need for information is increasing as society evolves and the demands on social care services over coming years look set to increase. Improved data matters in solving problems, supporting efficiency and maximising outcomes. It is also important to inform decisions made by individuals about the care they receive or provide for themselves and their families.

The OSR review highlighted three main areas for attention:

  • Better leadership and collaboration across the many different organisations involved in the process of publishing official statistics on social care, that enables working across boundaries to join-up government departments, local authorities and between public and private sector providers;
  • Gaps in available data as most information available comes from local authorities with responsibilities for adult social services and does not cover private household expenditure, privately funded care or the value of unpaid care causing limited knowledge of individuals care journeys and outcomes; and
  • Improving existing official statistics through accessibility, coherence, quality, timeliness and granularity of the data to provide insight and allow existing data to better meet user needs.

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