Social care and home help

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Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework website

Website presenting data on adult social care services across England. Data is presented for each local authority and includes ‘outcome measures’ from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) for 2012/13, published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre in November 2013.

The website allows comparison of data from different local authority areas.

Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework

Home Care User Survey (2008/09)

Provisional results from a survey of older people aged 65 and over receiving home care. A questionnaire was sent out to a sample of users in each Council to gain an understanding of their experience of the service they receive.

Health & Social Care Information Centre

Number of contact hours of home help and home care by sector: Social Trends 34

Local Authority home care services assist people to continue living in their own home and to function as independently as possible. During a survey week in September 2002, Local Authorities in England provided or purchased nearly three million hours of home care services for nearly 370,000 households. Between 1992 and 2002, the number of contact hours increased by 77 per cent. As with the provision of residential care home places, the independent sector now provides much of the care, although the funding for this care may be provided by the public sector. In 2002 around 64 per cent of all contact hours were provided by the independent sector (which includes the private and voluntary sectors) compared with two per cent in 1992.

Office for National Statistics

Palliative Care Workforce -  ‘community’ staff

The National Council for Palliative Care undertake a workforce survey looking at staff working in palliative care in a variety of settings. Most recent data is for 2008. Data is provided on the number of staff from different specialisms working within these environments. ‘Community’ is used in the analysis to define all staff providing specialist palliative care services within the home.

The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) Specialist Palliative Care Workforce Survey

Council Spending on Adult Social Care

Council Spending: Making it Clear survey conducted by BBC and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) looking at planned expenditure of 76% of Councils in England. Published 12 May 2011. Data and methodology are available to download via the BBC News link provided.

BBC News England

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