The Adult Social Care Survey asks questions of users of Adult Social Care services about self-reported general health and quality of life, and about how users rate the services they receive, including whether those services are effective. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) are consulting on possible future changes to the survey for 2014-15.
This consultation will be open until 30 June 2014.
The purpose of this consultation is to engage with users of the survey data and to gather opinion to help inform the design of the ASCS for the future. This will help to ensure that the survey datasets continue to provide the information needed for effective delivery of adult social care services, including the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF), now and in the future. An underlying principle is keeping the burden as low as is necessary to meet local needs for comparable, robust information to support local improvement, and the national need for information on how well the adult social care system is performing. Local authorities (LAs) in England with responsibility for providing adult social care services are required to conduct an annual survey of their adult social care service users. Data collected through the survey by LAs are sent to the HSCIC and used as the basis of analyses included in national-level Official Statistics reports. This data is also used to inform several measures in the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF), and to inform policy and decision-making at both the local and national level, to improve care, services, and outcomes.