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Consultation on the data requirements for the Safeguarding Adults Return and Adult Social Care User and Carer Surveys in response to the Care Act

What is this consultation?

This consultation is about the changes to the national data requirements for the Safeguarding Adults Return and the Adult Social Care User and Carer Surveys arising from the introduction of the Care Act. It is the first in a series of consultations about changes to national data collections arising from the introduction of the Care Act.

Why are we having this consultation?

Councils are currently in the process of making changes to practices and procedures to make sure they are Care Act compliant from April 2015. The HSCIC data collections need to be relevant and useful and if social care practice is changing we need to make sure that our data returns reflect that.

We are planning a number of consultations about the changes to these national data requirements arising from the introduction of the Care Act. This is the first of these consultations and includes questions about the Safeguarding Adults Return and the Adult Social Care User and Carer Surveys. We are also planning a future consultation regarding the proposed new collection relating to Deferred Payment Agreements as well as questions regarding the care cap and possible changes to the Short and Long Term (SALT) return. We hope this second consultation will be launched in December 2014.

How to respond?

The preferred method for responding to this consultation is via the online questionnaire.

This consultation is open to anyone, whether as an individual or representing an organisation. We are looking for the views of all stakeholders. The consultation contains questions about both the Safeguarding Adults Return and the Adult Social Care User and Carer Surveys, however you can chose to answer either section or both sections.  Responses to or comments on this consultation may also be made by email or by post to:-

The Social Care Team
The Health and Social Care Information Centre
1 Trevelyan Square
Boar Lane

Please complete the pdf icon consultation questions [380kb] document if you would like to respond by email or post.

This consultation will close on Wednesday 4 February 2015. If you have any queries regarding the completion of this survey or any issues not covered by this survey then please contact us.

Summary of the Consultation

Over the last few months the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has been working in collaboration with local authority and Department of Health (DH) colleagues and others to assess what changes may be required to the national data collections and to develop proposals for these changes. These proposals form the basis of this consultation. The consultation will allow us to gain feedback from a wider range of stakeholders.

In terms of the Adult Social Care User and Carer Surveys the consultation asks for your thoughts about what the implications of the Care Act are and as a result what changes you think maybe needed to the collections. The feedback will be used to inform future developments.

In terms of safeguarding the consultation asks for your comments on a number of proposals. These proposals include the addition of new categories for collection, the discontinuation of some categories as well as the amendment of current categories collected within the Safeguarding Adults Return. The feedback will inform whether or not these proposals are implemented and if so, for which reporting year. There is no expectation that councils will make system changes for April 2015 to accommodate these proposals. Only data items that are already available or already planned to be made available in April 2015 will be considered for mandatory tables in the 2015-16 return. Data items not widely available in April 2015 will be considered for voluntary tables in 2015-16 or for inclusion into the 2016-17 return.

Details about the proposals for the Safeguarding Adults Return are given in the supporting documentation including where appropriate tables to show how the proposals will look if implemented. We recommend that you review the supporting documentation prior to answering the safeguarding section of the consultation. Each proposal is followed by a set of questions; these questions are mainly concerned with whether you support the proposal and how useful it is to have the data collected centrally by the HSCIC. Local Authority respondents are asked to provide information about whether it is possible to collect the data and about the costs arising from any changes specifically related to the collection of national safeguarding data. This will help inform decisions around whether mandatory changes are affordable.

Publication of the consultation

The findings from the consultation will be published on our website.

Responses: confidentiality and disclaimer

The information you send us may be passed to colleagues within the HSCIC, other government departments or related agencies. Even where confidentiality is requested, if a request for disclosure of the consultation response is made in accordance with the Freedom of Information legislation, and the response is not covered by one of the exemptions in the legislation, the HSCIC may have to disclose the response, in whole or in part.

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