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Collection of Client-Level Adult Social Care Data (No 2) Direction

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a pilot system for the collection and analysis of client-level adult social care data from participating local authorities, and provide the mandatory information specified, to support local health and care systems.


To assist Local Government and Clinical Commissioning Groups in fulfilling their statutory functions. For example, functions of local authorities under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, such as:

  1. Monitoring, at a population level, particular cohorts of service users and designing analytical models which support more effective interventions in health and adult social care
  2. Monitoring service and integrated care outcomes across a pathway or care setting involving adult social care
  3. Developing, through evaluation of person-level data, more effective prevention strategies and interventions across a pathway or care setting involving adult social care
  4. Designing and implementing new payment models across health and adult social care
  5. Understanding current and future population needs and resource utilisation for local strategic planning and commissioning purposes including for health, social care and public health needs.

Under the Direction, NHS Digital will also analyse and use the data for discovery and development purposes to enable an understanding of the data items and definitions recorded within the IT systems of CASSRs, and to support the development of a future England-wide mandatory collection of data.

Learn more about this Direction

Client-Level Adult Social Care Data Set Requirements Specification

Last edited: 30 March 2023 3:37 pm