The English Health Statistics theme groups

The EHSSG theme groups were set up following a recommendation from the Office for Statistics Regulation. Their aim is to ensure that there are relevant, coherent and accessible health and care statistics that meet user needs. The theme groups cover the breadth of the health and care statistics system. They are chaired by a lead from one statistical provider and formed by members of other official statistics producers. As groups are self-established, users are essential in informing the future direction of health and care statistics

Action plan by theme group

Action plans marked coming soon will be updated once they are available.

Action plan

Aim one

Coincide releases of smoking statistics.

Progress

Between June 2017 and July 2018, co-ordinated release on the same day of Statistics on Smoking (NHS Digital), Adult Smoking Habits (Office for National Statistics and Public Health England), Smoking Status at the Time of Delivery (NHS Digital) and an update to the Local Tobacco Control Profiles (Public Health England). This was accompanied by a joint press release produced by NHS Digital with input from Office for National Statistics and Public Health England.

Planning to do the same for 2019 reports in early July.

Aim two

Reduce duplication.

Progress

Smoking related deaths and hospital admissions were being produced by NHS Digital (detailed national level estimates) and Public Health England (local level estimates). From 2018 to 2019 data, Public Health England will take on production of both national and local level data.

Aim three

Remove or justify and explain methodological differences.

Progress

1. Having one data producer for both national and local level data (aim two) will remove methodological differences in how national and local level smoking related deaths and admissions were being produced. The difference was due to the survey source being used to provide prevalence data for ex-smokers, but the relevant survey questions have now been harmonised.

2. Held workshop which included members of group and other interested parties on how data is gathered in surveys and reported on. A paper was then written and sent to the group recommending harmonised survey questions which is awaiting comments.

Aim four

Provide data for policy monitoring and development.

Progress

1. Office for National Statistics added England level analysis to their Adult Smoking Habits publication which previously focused on Great Britain level analysis.
2. The group has considered the data requirements to support the Tobacco Control Plan:

  • a subgroup was established to consider potential data sources to provide data on smoking prevalence for people with a mental health condition which reported to the steering group for the Tobacco Control Plan
  • Public Health England have developed an indicator to provide data on the smoking prevalence inequality gap and are reporting progress through the theme group
Aim five

Increase user engagement.

Progress

An external user from each of academia, a charity and a local authority have now joined the theme group and presented on how they use official statistics on smoking and any concerns they have, along with any gaps they would like to see addressed. A paper was then written and sent to the group addressing these comments and is awaiting feedback.

Contact

For further information contact Kate Bedford, Chair, NHS Digital on gss.health@ons.gov.uk.

Blog post

Smoking, published on 30 May 2018

Members

Kate Bedford (Chair) (NHS Digital)
Clare Griffiths (Public Health England)
Marie Horton (Public Health England)
Allan Gregory (Public Health England)
Nick Coyle (Public Health England)
Stuart Craig (Department of Health)
Geoff Wootton (Department of Health)
Claire Beaton (Department of Health)
John Dusabe-Richards (Department of Health)
Martin Teff (Department of Health)
Neil Bannister (Office for National Statistics)
Ben Windsor-Shellard (Office for National Statistics)
Jenny Perkin (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)
Brice Dassy (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)
Cath Roberts (Welsh Government)
Andrew Paterson (Scotland Office)
Bill Stewart (Department of Health, Northern Ireland)

Action plan

Aim one

Co-ordination of release dates.

Progress

Alcohol related mortality data from Office for National Statistics and Public Health England were published on 4 December 2018, alongside new consumption data from Health Survey for England. Alcohol related hospital admissions data from NHS Digital and Public Health England were published on 5 February 2019. This has been completed.

Plans are being put in place to coordinate release dates for 2019 and 2020.

Aim two

Simplification of terminology.

Progress

Public Health England and NHS Digital will develop simplified descriptions of alcohol related hospital admission measures and test the understanding of these measures with users.

Aim three

Alcohol consumption survey questions.

Progress

Following recommendations from the harmonisation workshop to refresh alcohol consumption survey questions and to improve the harmonisation of outputs across the UK. A period of consultation and discussion with the Health Survey for England sponsors and Scotland and Wales is ongoing. Any proposal for change will be put out for public consultation.

Aim four

Alcohol attributable fractions.

Progress

Work to update the alcohol attributable fractions that feed into calculations of mortality and hospital admissions is ongoing and a proposal will be put out to user consultation in due course.

Contact

For further information contact Clare Griffiths, Chair, Public Health England on gss.health@ons.gov.uk.

Members

Clare Griffiths (Chair)(Public Health England)
Mark Cook (Public Health England)
Ben Windsor-Shellard (Office for National Statistics)
Neil Bannister (Office for National Statistics)
Paul Niblett (NHS Digital)
Geoff Wootton (Department of Health and Social Care)
Stuart Craig (Department of Health and Social Care)

Action plan

Aim one

Co-ordinate an updated GSS response to the Behavioural Insights Counting Calories report.

Progress

This will be published on the Office for National Statistics website by September 2018 along side the report on official estimates of calorie consumption.

Aim two

Public Health England and Sport England are continuing to seek opportunities for further alignment of definitions of physical activity in statistical outputs and better signposting between data sources.

Progress

Once new Chief Medical Officer guidelines on physical activity are published towards the end of 2018 there may be further opportunities to align.

Contact

For further information contact Interim Head of Risk Factors Intelligence and Head of Profession for statistics on clare.griffiths@phe.gov.uk .

Members

Clare Griffiths (Chair)(Public Health England)
Craig Timpson (Public Health England)
Shireen Mathrani (Public Health England)
Mark Bush (Public Health England)
Gillian Swan (Public Health England)
Paul Nibblett (NHS Digital)
Andrew Spiers (Sport England)
David Lee (Defra)
Isabella Worth (Defra)
Ken Roy (Natural England)
Julie Sullivan (Department for Transport)
Joanna Bullman (Office for National Statistics)

Action plan

Aim one

Share work plans.

Progress

Organisations will share details of planned work in advance, including indicative release dates. Where possible, release dates will be co-ordinated and publications will be shared prior to release. We will avoid duplication of similar analyses but collaborate where possible and be mindful of opportunities for joint badging of outputs.

Aim two

Harmonise methods.

Progress

We will examine methodology issues and agree a consistent approach as far as possible and appropriate. First priority will be to consider how we report changes in inequality trends over time, particularly for the Department of Health and Social Care annual report.

Aim three

Ethnic inequalities.

Progress

This will be highest priority topic for collaborative working. Different approaches and data sources will be considered for producing life expectancy and mortality rates by ethnic group. We will examine methods for calculating measures of hospital admissions by ethnic group and agree a consistent methodology.

Aim four

Coordinate issues arising from other groups.

Progress

The group will ensure that we coordinate with issues regarding mental health and learning disabilities which arise from other topic groups.

Aim five

User engagement.

Progress

The group will consider the benefits of undertaking joint user engagement activity on health inequality outputs.

Contact

For further information contact Charlotte Fellows, Chair, Public Health England on gss.health@ons.gov.uk.

Members

Charlotte Fellows (Chair)(Public Health England)
Allan Baker (Public Health England)
Justine Fitzpatrick (Public Health England)
Tanya Khera-Butler (Public Health England)
Chris White (Office for National Statistics)
Caroline Smith (Department of Health and Social Care)
Penny Withers (Department of Health and Social Care)
Guy Walker (NHS England)
John Brittain (NHS England)
Madeleine Watson (NHS Digital)

Blog post

Health inequalities, published on 28 June 2018

Action plan

Aim one

Improve quality of statistics in the domain.

Progress

Address quality of data for General Ophthalmic Services. This is reliant on implementation of new systems and processes (Summer 2019).

Improve General Practice (GP) workforce data. Implement following GP contract agreement (April 2019 onwards).

Aim two

Improve accessibility of statistics in the domain.

Progress

Links to GSS Health website from EHSSG members’ website. This is completed for NHS England, NHS Business Services Authority and a number of NHS Digital webpages.
General Practice (GP) data hub developed by NHS Digital. This has been completed.

Aim three

Improve coherence of statistics in the domain.

Progress

Refine definitions of Public Health England and NHS Outcomes Framework indicators on child tooth extractions to align numbers. This has been completed and has been published in February 2019.

Aim four

Improve clarity of the landscape of statistics.

Progress

Review naming of certain reports to be clearer what they contain. This has been completed, General and Personal Medical Services renamed General Practice (GP) Workforce.

Aim five

User engagement.

Progress

Dental Public Health Consultants event with main stats producers attending. This has been completed in October 2018.

Contact

For further information contact Simon Tither, Chair, NHS England on gss.health@ons.gov.uk

Members

Simon Tither (Chair) (NHS England)
Gemma Ramsey (NHS Digital)
Kathryn Salt (NHS Digital)
Adam Langron (NHS Digital)
Gill Davies (Public Health England)
Doris Hain (Public Health England
Uma Moorthy (Department of Health and Social Care)
Jason Harper (NHS Business Services Authority)
Tim Cumming (Care Quality Commission)

Blog post

Primary and dental care and oral health, published on 1 August 2018.

Action plan

Aim one

Identify the national and official statistics releases which each of the members do and when these are released.

Progress
  • Debate if any of these can be improved.
  • Decide how we get ‘user’ involvement and input.
  • Produce a data pack containing all Official and National Statistics on cancer produced by the theme group members.

Contact

For further information contact Luke Hounsome, Chair, Public Health England on gss.health@ons.gov.uk

Members

Luke Hounsome (Chair)(Public Health England)
John Broggio (Public Health England)
Sarah Caul (Office for National Statistics)
Kate Bedford (NHS Digital)
David Connelly (NHS Digital)
Rafael Goriwada (NHS England)
Harriet Roach (NHS England)
Andrew Parker (Department of Health and Social Care)

Objectives

  • Coordinate publications, analysis and advice.
  • Reduce duplication and deliver efficiencies.
  • Identify priority areas for development within the topic and develop action plans (report on progress).
  • Coordinate user engagement and deliver a seamless service to users.

Scope

The scope of the theme group is all mortality statistics produced in England including mortality indicators. However, there will be representation from the devolved administrations as several issues are relevant across the UK.

Within scope
Outside scope
  • Crime statistics, for example homicide.
  • Inequality aspects regarding mortality (covered by Inequalities theme group).
  • Child mortality (covered by Child and Maternal Health theme group).
  • Suicide (covered by Mental Health and Dementia theme group).
  • End of life care and definition of deaths at home (covered by End of Life Care theme group).
  • Cancer mortality (covered by Cancer theme group).
  • Alcohol-related deaths (covered by Alcohol theme group).
  • Drug-related deaths (covered by Drugs theme group).

Action plan

Aim one

Produce a complete list of mortality publications for England.

Progress

A draft list was produced for first meeting of the group in June. It will be updated to include additional information. In progress. Action for Rabiya Nasir (Office for National Statistics).

Aim two

Keep each other informed on planned publications to explain reduction in mortality improvements.

Progress

In progress. Action for Pamela Cobb (Office for National Statistics), Chris White (Office for National Statistics), Allan Baker (Public Health England), Caroline Smith (Department of Health and Social Care).

Aim three

Set up workshop in autumn to review work on explaining reduction in mortality improvements and agree a future work programme to avoid duplication.

Progress

In progress. Action for Rabiya Nasir (Office for National Statistics).

Aim four

Develop mechanism for keeping group members informed of upcoming ad hoc mortality publications.

Progress

Group members are emailing the group about upcoming publications. Action for Elizabeth McLaren (Office for National Statistics).

Aim five

Group members to be kept informed of changes to death certification as a result of the introduction of medical examiners and the likely impact on statistics.

Progress

Action for Elizabeth McLaren (Office for National Statistics).

Aim six

Group members to be kept informed on work to identify deaths of homeless.

Progress

Action for Madeleine Watson (NHS Digital) and Elizabeth McLaren (Office for National Statistics).

Aim seven

Combine death summary tables and death registrations series publications.

Progress

Aiming for 2019. Action for Elizabeth McLaren (Office for National Statistics).

Aim eight

Discontinue 21st century mortality files publication.

Progress

Dependent on NOMIS resource to load historic data. Action for Elizabeth McLaren (Office for National Statistics).

Aim nine

Coordinate publications, analysis and advice.

Progress

Reduce duplication and deliver efficiencies.

Aim ten

Identify priority areas for development within the topic and develop action plans.

Progress
  • Report on progress.
  • Specific priority areas that have been discussed in these meetings are: reduction in mortality improvements, deaths to homeless people and death certification reform.
Aim 11

Coordinate user engagement and deliver a seamless service to users.

Progress

No progress to report yet.

Contact

For further information contact Myer Glickman, Chair, Office for National Statistics on gss.health@ons.gov.uk

Members

Myer Glickman (Chair) (Office for National Statistics)
Chris White (Office for National Statistics)
Madeleine Watson (NHS Digital)
Charlotte Fellows (Public Health England)
Allan Baker (Public Health England)
Andrew Darnton (Health and Safety Executive)
Julie Ramsey (National Records of Scotland)
Cath Roberts (Welsh Government)
Elaine Longden (Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency)
Vasita Patel (Office for National Statistics)
Sophie Sanders (Office for National Statistics)
Pamela Cobb (Office for National Statistics)
Sarah Caul (Office for National Statistics)
Jonny Tinsley (Office for National Statistics)
Emily Jackson (NHS Digital)
Eve Smith (Department for Work and Pensions)
Melissa Bennett (Office for National Statistics)
Brendan Georgeson (Office for National Statistics)
Nathan Lester (Public Health Wales)
Ken Chalk (Department for Work and Pensions)
Melissa Wingfield (Department of Health and Social Care)
Ruaraidh McAndrew (NHS England)
Caroline Keef (NHS England)
Rabiya Nasir (minutes) (Office for National Statistics)
Peter Synowiec (minutes) (Office for National Statistics)

Action plan

Aim one

Co-ordination of release dates and analysis.

Progress

1. Organisations have started sharing with each other details of planned work in advance, including indicative release dates.
2. Where possible, release dates will be coordinated, and publications will be shared prior to release.
3. We will avoid duplication of similar analyses but collaborate where possible and be mindful of opportunities for joint badging of outputs.
4. We will better understand the different outputs each organisation produces. We will develop user communications to make it clearer why different products exist and the benefits of each for users.
5. Achieved (monthly from May 2018), coordinated release on the same day (super stats Thursday) of NHS Digital statistics (Mental health services monthly statistics (MHSDS) and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), NHS England (Combined Performance Summary).
6. Earlier access to data. NHS Digital and Public Health England to explore whether it would be possible for Public Health England to have earlier access to the Children and Young People Mental Health (CYP MH) survey dataset to enable new prevalence rates to be published as early as possible.

Aim two

Combined activity to improve accuracy of data.

Progress

1. Collaborative data quality improvement group across organisations are working to improve data quality of Mental Health Services Data Set, in particular. This group is working collaboratively to achieve joint data quality improvement plan including how to remove duplicate data collections.
2. We will consider how to better inform users about data quality issues.
3. Making best use of our combined resources to deliver the work required following the new NHS long term plan.

Aim three

Harmonise methods and definitions.

Progress

1. We will examine methodology issues and agree a consistent approach as far as possible and appropriate.
2. We will share methodologies including indicator production and better understand our different methodology processes. Initially we have identified that readmissions, mortality and how Public Health England or NHS use either people or place is not consistent, and we will share these methodologies.
3. Where we identify that differences in methodology need to continue, we will be clearer with users about these differences and explain why they are necessary.

Aim four

User engagement.

Progress

1. The mental health data hub hosted by NHS Digital will continue to be used as the central place to signpost users to mental health data available across the system. We will consider how best to promote the use of this and seek user feedback.
2. We will explore how to better signpost users about future outputs.
3. The group will consider the benefits of undertaking joint user engagement activity on mental health outputs.

Contact

For further information contact Kate Croft, Chair, NHS Digital Mental Health Lead Information Manager on gss.health@ons.gov.uk

Members

David Fearnley (Merseycare)
Gabriele Price (Public Health England)
Michael Jackson (Public Health England)
Melissa Darwent (Public Health England)
Claire Bradshaw (NHS England)
Hassan Haji-Ahmed (NHS England)
Giovanna Polato (Care Quality Commission)
Che Hector (Care Quality Commission)
Samantha Riley
Richard Wilson (NHS Improvement)
Danielle Cornish (Office for National Statistics)
Mary Lewis (Health Education England)
Maryna Popova (Health Education England)
John Thompson (Health Education England)
James Greenwood (Health Education England)
Ricks Llewellyn-Davies (Department for Health and Social Care)
Alexandra Lazaro (Department for Health and Social Care)
Hayley Butcher (Department for Health and Social Care)
Kate Croft (Chair)(NHS Digital)
Ramesh Notra (NHS Digital)
Adam Langron (NHS Digital)
Hilary Tovey (NHS England)
Carl Child (NHS England)
Kazem Khundakar (NHS England)
Carl Money (NHS England)
Jason Pickles (NHS England)
Thomas Bardsley
Rebecca Musgrove (NHS England)
Margaret Oates (NHS England)
Gareth Staton (NHS England)
Camellia Williamson (NHS England)
Nilum Patel (Department for Health and Social Care)
Sarah Matthews (NHS England)

Action plan

Aim one

Improve signposting of statistics in the domain.

Progress

1. Produce a grid of Accident and Emergency (A&E) data publications and where they can be found. To store on the GSS Health website and on our own websites. In progress (Autumn 2018).

2. Cross-reference other statistical publications across government agencies within products. This is ongoing.

Aim two

Improve accessibility and coherence of statistics in the domain.

Progress

1. Align monthly Hospital Episode Statistics A&E statistics and quality indicators with NHS England’s monthly A&E performance data. This has been completed.
2. Produce a joint NHS Digital and NHS England annual A&E report. This has been completed, produced for 2016 to 2017 and plan in place for 2017 to 2018 release.

Aim three

Improve content of Urgent and Emergency Care statistics to address user needs.

Progress

1. Look at extending the current Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) publication to include more detailed analysis from Emergency Care Data Set, workforce data and health inequalities. This is in progress for publication in September.
2. Producing more coherent, connected publication of winter data linking in data collected by NHS Improvement and Public Health England. This is in progress for winter 2018 to 2019.

Aim four

User engagement.

Progress

Seek user feedback in a more proactive manner. This has not been started.

Aim five

Widen scope.

Progress

After initially considering A&E data, expand group to include other Urgent Emergency Care (UEC) data such as NHS 111 data. This has not been started.

Contact

For further information contact Paul Steele, Chair, NHS England on gss.health@ons.gov.uk

Members

Paul Steele (Chair)(NHS England)
Chris Evison (NHS England)
Nalyni Shanmugathasan (NHS England)
Dominic Gair (NHS Digital)
Michael Barnes (NHS Digital)
Paul Stroner (NHS Improvement)
To be confirmed (Public Health England)
Ted Dumbrell (Department for Health and Social Care)
Keiko Toma (Care Quality Commission)
Hamish Young (Care Quality Commission)

Action plan

Aim one

Provide update for GSS Health and Care Statistics Landscape.

Progress

1. List of relevant statistical products produced and shared across the group and discussed.
2. Once all comments have been received and outstanding questions resolved, the updated list will be provided to the GSS team.
3. Explore whether it is possible to tag publications to multiple topics.

Aim two

Develop guidance on definitions, use and interpretation of efficiency measures for the health sector and wider government.

Progress

1. The group has discussed possible approaches to promoting the use of harmonised definitions.
2. Followed up with the GSS Harmonisation and GSS website teams at Office for National Statistics to establish where such guidance could be hosted.
3. Theme group to further consider the most suitable form for such guidance.
4. To engage with others working on public sector efficiency measurement across Whitehall to ensure there are no overlaps on work in Whitehall. To maximise the usefulness of the end-product across public services and to gain buy in from other departments.

Aim three

Support the public release and sharing of data within the Department of Health and Social Care or NHS group where appropriate and improve analysis.

Progress

1. From the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) benchmarking tool, check with colleagues whether there is Local Authority anonymised benchmarking tool data that could be published to enable analysis.
2. The theme group will support the publication of Programme Budgeting data, a highly informative analysis of NHS spending on different disease groups by Care Commissioning Groups currently only available to NHS users. The group will provide any relevant support on mitigating the risks of misuse of this data, such as adopting the “Things you need to know” approach used in ONS publications.
3. Check on the availability of Department of Health and Social Care agency staff expenditure figures to determine if any steps are needed to improve availability.
4. Follow up on whether there is additional data currently within Department of Health and Social Care that could be usefully released for other analysts to use.
5. Support the public release of data from NHS Improvement or the Model Hospital currently being evaluated for release under the current data transparency programme. This support may include help supporting coordination of data releases with other finance, estates and efficiency statistics, and help on priorities with respect to current gaps in publicly available data.

Contact

For further information contact on James Lewis, Chair, Office for National Statistics on gss.health@ons.gov.uk

Members

James Lewis (Chair)(Office for National Statistics)
John Bates (Department of Health and Social Care)
Gregory Ceely (Department of Health and Social Care)
Jason Snowden (Department of Health and Social Care)
Paul Stroner (NHS Improvement)
James Hatton (NHS Improvement)
Martin Wilkinson (NHS Improvement)
Mohammed Imran (NHS Improvement)
Bryn Shorney (NHS England)
Kerrie Weston (NHS England)
Liz Rolfe (Public Health England)
Claire Thompson (NHS Digital)
Pritpal Rayat (NHS Digital)
Helen Lewis (NHS Digital)
Tony Childs (NHS Digital)
Sarah Liley (NHS Digital)
Daniela Zol (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy)
Sue Wren (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy)
Andreas Voigt (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy)
Lesley Curtis (Personal Social Services Research Unit)

Action plan

Aim one

Understand the landscape of general health and disability data.

Progress

1. An evidence review has been conducted within Office for National Statistics, summarising evidence sources, gaps and findings in relation to disability using GSS data.
2. Group members are collating and sharing information on the data they hold to understand areas for efficiencies, improved harmonisation and analytical opportunities.

Aim two

Remove, justify and explain methodological differences.

Progress

Progress from aim one above will provide evidence on differences, to inform conversation on justifying or resolving methodological differences.

Aim three

Improve harmonisation of questions and measures relating to health and disability and provide clear rationale where differences remain.

Progress

1. The GSS Harmonisation Team have held workshops reviewing the harmonized concepts of disability and impairment.
2. Office for National Statistics is exploring estimates of disability gained from using the harmonized measure in comparison with the internationally comparable Washington Group measure (published on 6 August 2019).
3. Office for National Statistics is also exploring estimates of disability and impairment to establish how trends are changing over time of these two measures.

Aim four

Provide data for policy monitoring and development through increased routine disaggregation of data on disability.

Progress

1. Work has been published on new ‘disability outcomes data’ bringing together existing data on disability and new analysis.
2. Aim one above will inform opportunities for improved routine disaggregation of existing data to fill gaps identified in aim one.

Contact

For further information contact on David Ainslie, Office for National Statistics on life.course@ons.gov.uk

Members

Donna Glover (Public Health England)
Mark Cook (Public Health England)
Gerry Firkins (NHS Digital)
Jane Winter (NHS Digital)
Robyn Wilson (NHS Digital)
Becky Henderson (Department of Health and Social Care)
John Bates (Department of Health and Social Care)
Rosemary Main (Department of Health and Social Care)
Karen Hurrell (Equality and Human Rights)
Ewan Devine-Kennedy (Equality and Human Rights)
Cath Roberts(Welsh Government)
Xanthippi Gounari (Scottish Government)
Jade Carruthers (NHS Scotland)
Jerome Ma (Cabinet office)
Joe Cook (Cabinet office)
Will Perks (Office for National Statistics)
Caroline Smith (Office for National Statistics)
Theo Joloza (Office for National Statistics) (English Health Statistics Steering Group)
Cath Putz (Office for National Statistics) (Census, Lifecourse and Disability Team)
David Ainslie (Chair)(Office for National Statistics)(Census, Lifecourse and Disability Team)
Nathan Lester (Public Health Wales)
Eugene Mooney (Northern Ireland health)
Giovanna Polato (Care Quality Commission)
Chris Cousins (Department for Work and Pensions)

Action plan

Aim one

Improve access to official statistics.

Progress

1. Office for National Statistics, Adult Social Care (ASC) landscape tool under development.

2. Local Government Association and NHS Digital working together to embed additional data from Official Statistics (Safeguarding Adults) onto Local Government Association’s LGInform tool as a route of access for local authorities.

Aim two

Improve coherence of official statistics and the UK four nations.

Progress

1.Work has been done to ensure NHS Digital publications (which make up the majority of adult social care official statistics) are all in similar formats. The 2018 and 2019 publications (released late 2019) were published in HTML, to a consistent form. This work is continuing with the next focus being on data quality reporting and open data formats.
2. Summary report pulling together key messages around adult social care data from all official statistics and other data sources into a new Official Statistics release is under development by NHS Digital to be released in 2020 and 2021.
3. NHS Digital, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and Department of Health and Social Care are working closely to minimise the difference in net current expenditure figures, and to explain the causes behind any residual difference.
4.Representation on the UK four Nations Adult Social Care Group.

Aim three

Reduce duplication in data collection to deliver efficiencies in official statistics.

Progress

Blind and partially sighted data collection: identified as alternative data source. Using this data source would reduce duplication and burden on local authorities in providing the data to NHS Digital. It requires new funding to take forward.

Aim four

Reduce duplication in data analysis to deliver efficiencies in official statistics.

Progress

1. Requirements gathering completed by NHS Digital for a new centralised analytical tool, National Adult Social Care Intelligence Service (NASCIS) replacement. This requires new funding to take forward but when delivered this will remove duplication of effort as councils and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) regions develop similar but separately funded and produced products, with risks of inaccuracies and wasted resources.
2. Workforce publication: agreement in principle has been reached to transfer NHS Digital’s National Statistics for local authority directly employed workforce to Skills for Care (SfC) to sit alongside their data and analytical release on total adult social care workforce, as the underlying data source is the same and is controlled by SfC. The next step, to ensure SfC as an organisation are legally entitled to produce official statistics, is undertaken by the Office for Statistics Regulation (expected to commence July 2020). This will mean that future releases of adult social care workforce data can be badged as official statistics and therefore there is no loss of trust, quality and value in transferring from NHS Digital to SfC.

Aim five

Engage with users and determine the most effective ways of addressing priority information needs and evidence gaps.

Progress

1. Department of Health and Social Care are implementing a client level dataset based on existing Short and Long Term support (SALT) aggregate data collection. This will allow for more timely and granular analysis on aspects of social care activity.
2. Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) have commissioned the Institute of Public Care to carry out a review of the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) which is engaging comprehensively with users to propose new and more valuable measures. The recommendations are due to be presented in quarter two 2020 and 2021.
3. Department of Health and Social Care have commissioned Ipsos Mori to conduct a review of the representativeness of the social care service users’ survey and the carers’ survey to improve the quality and value of Adult Social Care survey data. The findings are due to be presented in quarter two 2020 and 2021.
4. Summary report pulling together key messages around adult social care data from all official statistics and other data sources into a new Official Statistics release is under development by NHS Digital to be released in 2020 to 2021. This will highlight evidence gaps in a transparent and contextual way for users.

Contact

For further information contact Jane Winter or Robyn Wilson, NHS Digital on enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk

Members

Jason Snowden (Department of Health and Social Care)
Jane Winter (NHS Digital)
Robyn Wilson (NHS Digital)
Louise Chapman (Care Quality Commission)
Phillipa Lynch (Local Government Association)
Damian Furniss (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services)
Sophie John (Office for National Statistics)
Note: These are the members of the Adult Social Care Data Delivery Action Group (DDAG). As part of its remit DDAG acts as the Adult Social Care Theme Group of the EHSSG. It also represents England on the 4 Nations Adult Social Care sub-group.

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Contact

The EHSSG welcome your feedback, queries and comments.

gss.health@ons.gov.uk