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Support for councils to implement new social care data collections

July 26: The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) today announces a new support programme for organisations affected by the zero based review (ZBR) of national adult social care data collections.

This follows the Department of Health's announcement of one-off funding for local authorities towards collecting the information, which will be analysed and published by HSCIC.

The programme will help local authorities and partners implement data collection requirements arising from the ZBR, which was led by HSCIC and aims to ensure information is relevant both nationally and locally and can support high quality care.

HSCIC's support programme includes:

  • Dedicated mailboxes which stakeholders can use to obtain timely answers to their queries. Issues raised via the mailboxes are put before technical working groups which will include local authorities, partners, software suppliers and other stakeholders and used to inform future guidance materials;
  • Specialist support for national and regional events organised by local authorities and their partners to look at the new requirements;
  • Support for software suppliers as they produce solutions for clients to support the new data collection requirements;
  • A programme of work with national partners such as the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) to promote awareness of the new requirements and to promote the benefits that they will bring to the sector as a whole;
  • A regular newsletter highlighting good practice case studies from local authorities as they work to implement the new requirements.

The programme is underway and will run until April 2014. It is co-ordinated by the Zero Based Review Programme Board2.

HSCIC Chair Kingsley Manning said: "As England's central source of social care information, HSCIC's expertise in data collection and development will be key in supporting local authorities make the changes they need to adult social care collections.

"Our skills and resources will help local authorities through this important transition, ensuring that information collected is of high quality and even more relevant to planning and service improvement."

The new collections for 2013-14 were announced in a letter to councils in September 2012 and the additional new collections for 2014-15 were announced in a further letter in May 2013.

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Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body. The trusted source of authoritative data and information relating to health and care, HSCIC plays a fundamental role in driving better care, better services and better outcomes for patients. It supports the delivery of IT infrastructure, information systems and standards to ensure information flows efficiently and securely across the health and social care system to improve patient outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 130 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. In November 2010 the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) were asked by the Outcomes and Information Development Board, which is jointly chaired by the Department of Health and the Association of Adult Social Services, to develop and consult on new proposals for adult social care data collections, taking into account the changing context of social care. During 2011 a number of stakeholder groups undertook the "Zero Based Review" to consider what council-level adult social care data should be collected the HSCIC ran a consultation in the summer of 2012 on the resulting proposals. Work on the ZBR is co-ordinated by a Programme Board, chaired the the HSCIC which includes representatives from local authorities, The Department of Health, The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), The Care Quality Commission (CQC), The Local Government Association, The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CiPFA), The Department of Communities and Local Government.

3. From 2014/15 the existing Activity (RAP and ASC-CAR) and Finance collections (PSS-EX1) will be replaced by two new and related collections which will collect data relating to Short and Long Term Support (SALT) and Adult Social Care Finance Return (ASC-FR). From 2013-14, there will be a new Safeguarding Adults Return (SAR) to replace the existing AVA return, and a revised Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Return (DoLS). The workforce collection through the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care will be expanded for September 2014.SALT, SAR and ASC-FR will be complemented by an overarching Equalities and Classification Framework (EQ-CL).

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