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Social Care Collections

The social care collections the Data Collections team are involved in are as follows.

Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF)
National Minimum data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC)
Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England (SACE)
The Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England (ASCS)
Short and Long Term Support (SALT)
Summary of the Registers of People who are Blind or Partially Sighted Data Collection
Adult Social Care Finance Return (ASC-FR)
Deferred Payments Agreements (DPA)
Safeguarding Adults Collection (SAC)
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Return, under the Mental Capacity Act 2005
Guardianship under the Mental Health Act 1983
System guidance

Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF)

The Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) measures how well care and support services achieve the outcomes that matter most to people. The measures are grouped into four domains which are typically reviewed in terms of movement over time. These domains are:

  • enhancing quality of life for people with care and support needs
  • delaying and reducing the need for care and support
  • ensuring that people have a positive experience of care and support
  • safeguarding adults whose circumstances make them vulnerable and protecting from avoidable harm

The ASCOF aims to give an indication of the strengths and weaknesses of social care in delivering better outcomes for people who use services. This report will be of interest to:

  • central government - for policy development and monitoring, and for parliamentary questions and Prime Minister's Questions
  • Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) - for measuring local performance and for benchmarking against other CASSRs
  • charities
  • academics
  • the general public.

Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework, England - 2016-17
Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework, England - 2015-16
Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework, England - 2014-15
Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework, England - 2013-14
Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework, England - 2012-13
Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework  England - 2011-12


National Minimum Data Set for Social Care

The National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) is managed by Skills for Care (SfC) on behalf of the Department of Health and has been collecting information about social care providers and their staff since early 2006. Following an open National Statistics consultation it was decided that the NMDS-SC would replace the Personal Social Services Staff of Social Services Departments' return (SSDS001) from September 2011 as the adult workforce data return for councils.

There are three parts to the NMDS-SC return that councils are required to submit. Details of number of jobs at each establishment, starters, leavers, vacancies and capacity and utilisation are recorded in the establishment or team section. The individual worker level section contains worker level data including employment details and demographic information. The data is used to produce the Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments national statistics publication.

This data is of interest to:

  • central government - for policy development, monitoring and workforce planning
  • local government - for benchmarking
  • charities
  • academics
  • the general public

Data is provided annually by 152 Councils with Adult Social Service responsibilities (CASSRs), although they also have the facility to submit more regular updates of data should they wish.

Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments at 30 September - England, 2016
Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments at 30 September - England, 2015
Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments at 30 September - England, 2014
Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments at 30 September - England, 2013
Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments at 30 September - England, 2012


Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England

The Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers (SACE) is a biennial survey which was last conducted in 2016-17. It is conducted by Councils with Adult Social Care Responsibilities (CASSRs), and covers carers aged 18 or over. Carers must be caring for a person aged 18 or over who, during the previous 12 months, have;

  • been assessed or reviewed by social services
  • received respite support
  • received another form of carer support

The main areas the SACE collects data on are:

  • the carer
  • experience of support and information received
  • the impact of caring on quality of life
  • the person receiving care

The SACE seeks carers' opinions on a number of topics that are considered to be indicative of a balanced life alongside their caring role. Similar to the Adult Social Care Survey (ASCS), SACE data is used by:

  • the Department of Health (DH) - to inform policy monitoring and speeches, briefings for Ministers and Senior Officials and answering parliamentary questions and Prime Minister's Questions
  • the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF),the Towards Excellence in Adult Social Care (TEASC) programme and CASSRs, who use SACE data for purposes such as benchmarking against other councils, policy development and measuring/ monitoring local performance
  • academics
  • the general public

Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England, 2016-17
This report is now produced biennially
Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England, 2014-15
Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England, 2012-13


The Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England

The Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey (ASCS) is an annual national survey, conducted by Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) in England. It gathers information from services users aged 18 and over in receipt of long term support services funded or managed by social services.

The six main areas the ASCS collects data on are:

  • overall satisfaction with care and support
  • quality of life
  • knowledge and information about available social care services
  • health and wellbeing
  • layout of home and surrounding area
  • help from others

The ASCS seeks to learn more about how effectively services are helping service users to live safely and independently in their own homes, and the impact that these services have on their quality of life. ASCS data are used by

  • the Department of Health (DH)  - to inform policy monitoring and speeches, briefings for Ministers and Senior Officials and answering parliamentary questions and Prime Minister's Questions
  • the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) and the Towards Excellence in Adult Social Care (TEASC) programme
  • CASSRs - for purposes such as benchmarking against other councils, policy development and measuring/ monitoring local performance
  • academics
  • the general public

Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England - 2016-17
Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England - 2015-16
Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England - 2014-15
Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England - 2013-14
Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England - 2012-13
Adult Social Care Survey - England, 2011-12


Short and Long Term Support (SALT)

The 'Community Care Statistics, Social Services Activity, England' publication, also known as Short and Long Term Services (SALT), relates to the social care activity of Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities in England. It's an annual publication based on data drawn from council administrative systems.

The purpose of the publication is to enable key aspects of the provision of social services across England to be assessed, at both national and local level.
Data from the SALT collection are used to create a number of the measures in the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF).

Data are collected by NHS Digital using the SALT collection. The data are aggregate (counts of service users, carers, and events).

The data collected aim to track client journeys through the social care system. It covers:

  • requests for support from new clients
  • short term support to maximise independence, for new and existing clients
  • proportion of older people (65 and over) still at home 91 days after discharge from hospital into reablement/rehabilitation services
  • long term support - during the year, at year end, and for 12+ months
  • unplanned and planned reviews and their sequels
  • carer support
  • Accommodation and Employment Status of working age Learning Disabled clients

Adult Social Care Activity and Finance Report, England - 2016-17
Community Care Statistics, Social Services Activity, England - 2015-16
Community Care Statistics, Social Services Activity, England - 2014-15

Prior to 2014-15, activity data was collected using two different data returns: the Referrals, Assessments and Packages of Care return (RAP) and the Adult Social Care Combined Activity Return (ASC-CAR).  It was combined with the Personal Social Services Expenditure and Unit Costs Return (PSS-EX1) to produce reports on the social care activity of Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) in England.  Note that the data in these reports are not comparable with the data from 2014-15 onwards.

Community Care Statistics, Social Services Activity, England - 2013-14
Community Care Statistics, Social Services Activity, England - 2012-13
Community Care Statistics, Social Services Activity, England - 2011-12


Summary of the Registers of People who are Blind or Partially Sighted Data Collection (SSDA902)

The data collection includes all people registered as blind or partially sighted, not just those who were assessed or in receipt of a service.

Registration with the local authority entitles a person to certain concessions and allowances.

For people to be registered as blind or partially sighted they must have a Certificate of Vision Impairment from a consultant ophthalmologist; the certificate is sent to the social services department and to the certifications office at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

People that have a Certificate of Vision Impairment choose whether or not to be included in their local authority's register of blind or partially sighted people; registration is not automatic. This means that not everybody that has been certified as having vision impairment is recorded on a local authority register. In addition, some local authorities have informed us that there are difficulties in providing some elements of these data. For these reasons the data cannot be considered as definitive numbers of blind and partially sighted people.

The reporting period for this data collection is one year (1st April to 31st March).
The data collected relates to the number of people on the registers at the end of the reporting period and new registrations within the period.

This data collection is carried out every three years.

Data are provided to NHS Digital by the 152 Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities in England.

Registered Blind and Partially Sighted People - Year Ending 31 March 2014, England
Registered Blind and Partially Sighted People - England, Year ending 31 March 2011


Adult Social Care Finance Return (ASC-FR)

The Adult Social Care Finance Return (ASC-FR) replaced the Personal Social Services Expenditure and Unit Costs Return (PSS-EX1) in 2014-15 and reflects important aspects of the principles underpinning the transformation of social care.

This collection gives expenditure by Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) on services for adults aged 18 and over, by service provision and primary support reason. Information on a number of accounting categories is also included such as income from the NHS, grants provided to voluntary organisations and gross and net expenditure. It's also used for the calculation of unit costs - the cost of social services per person per week.

The purpose of the ASC-FR is to provide central government and local authorities with financial information to assess their performance in relation to their peers. It's also available for use by researchers looking at CASSRs performance and by service users and the public to hold CASSRs and government to account. The data is also used to produce the Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs National Statistics publication.

Data are provided annually by 152 CASSRs.


Deferred Payments Agreements (DPA)

This collection is a new voluntary collection for 2015-16 and has been created in response to the changes in social care function as a result of the implementation of the Care Act 2014. Through the Care Act 2014 and the secondary legislation the Department of Health has laid under it, the deferred payments scheme has been extended so that it's universally available throughout England. All local authorities are required to offer deferred payment agreements (DPAs) to people who meet certain criteria governing eligibility for the scheme.

By taking out a DPA, a person can 'defer' or delay paying the costs of their care and support until a later date, the local authority paying their costs on an interim basis and being repaid at a later date (typically from the proceeds of the sale of their home). Collecting this data allows measurement of the uptake of DPAs and how well councils are complying with the regulations. DPAs are intended to reduce the stress and anxiety on individuals and their families when the need for social care support arises and full cost or contributions are required to secure that support. The data was also included in the 2015-16 Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs National Statistics publication as experimental statistics.

Data will be provided annually by 152 Councils with Adult Social Services responsibilities (CASSRs). This was done on a voluntary basis in 2015-16 resulting in returns from around a third of CASSRs. In 2016-17 the return is part mandatory, and will then be full mandatory in 2017-18.

Adult Social Care Activity and Finance Report, England - 2016-17
Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs, England - 2015-16
Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs, England - 2014-15
Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs, England - 2013-14
Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs, England - 2012-13
Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs, England Edition 2011-12 Provisional Release


Safeguarding Adults Collection (SAC)

The purpose of the collection is to monitor safeguarding activity, with reference to the Care Act 2014, within Local Authorities in England.

The main output is an annual report which is deemed to be a national statistic. It presents aggregated information about adults at risk for whom there were active safeguarding concerns or enquiries which were opened and/or closed during the reporting period.  A safeguarding concern is where a council is notified about a risk of abuse, which instigates an investigation (enquiry) under the local safeguarding procedures.

Safeguarding Adults, Annual Report, England 2016-17, Experimental Statistics
Safeguarding Adults, Annual Report, England 2015-16, Experimental Statistics
Safeguarding Adults, Annual Report, England 2014-15, Experimental Statistics
Safeguarding Adults Return, Annual Report, England 2013-14, Experimental Statistics
Abuse of Vulnerable Adults in England - 2012-13, Final report, Experimental statistics
Abuse of Vulnerable Adults in England - 2011-12, Final report, Experimental statistics


Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Return, under the Mental Capacity Act 2005

The purpose of the collection is to monitor Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) activity with reference to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 within Local Authorities in England.  

The main output is an annual report, deemed to be an official statistic, which presents information on active Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) applications under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) are a legal framework. They exist to ensure that individuals, who lack the mental capacity to consent to their care arrangements, have their arrangements independently assessed to ensure they are in the best interests of the individual concerned.

This is usually where such care may place restrictions on an individual's freedom of choice or movement, amounting to a "deprivation of liberty".

Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (England), Annual Report 2016-17
Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (England), Annual Report 2015-16
Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (England), Annual Report 2014-15
Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (England), Annual Report 2013-14
Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Assessments, England - 2012-13
Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Assessments - England, 2011-12


Guardianship under the Mental Health Act 1983

This collection monitors Guardianship activity with reference specifically to Section 7 and 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983 for Local Authorities within England.  

The main output is an annual report which is deemed to be an official statistic. Using information on Guardianship under the Mental Health Act 1983, it provides a framework of care to help a person achieve as independent a life as possible, whilst protecting their safety or that of others

Guardianship under the Mental Health Act 1983, England 2015-16
Guardianship under the Mental Health Act 1983, England 2014-15
Guardianship under the Mental Health Act 1983, England 2013-14
Guardianship under the Mental Health Act 1983, England - 2013
Guardianship under the Mental Health Act 1983 - England, 2012


For submission queries please contact data.collections@hscic.gov.uk

Details and guidance for these and other social care collections, including the Social Care September letter, can be found here:

System guidance

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