Social care

We collect and publish a wide range of information on social care. This data gives valuable insight into how services are provided and is used to plan, deliver and monitor services.

You can search our social care publications by month and year.

Adult Social care activity

The Community Care Statistics, Social Services Activity, England publication, also known as Short and Long Term services (SALT) is an annual publication based on data drawn from council administrative systems.

Adult Social Care expenditure and Deferred Payments

The Adult Social Care Finance Return (ASC-FR) shows important aspects of the principles underpinning the transformation of social care.

The Deferred Payment Agreement (DPA) collection is a new collection which was voluntary in 2015-16 but is now mandatory in 2016-17, and has been created in response to the changes in social care function as a result of the implementation of the Care Act 2014.

Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework

The Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) measures care and support services. These measures are broken into four areas, called domains. 

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

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.

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.

Registered Blind

The Summary of the Registers of People who are Blind or Partially Sighted Data Collection (SSDA902) data collection includes all people registered as blind or partially sighted, not just those who were assessed or in receipt of a service.

Safeguarding Adults

The Safeguarding Adults collection monitors safeguarding activity, with reference to the Care Act 2014, within Local Authorities in England.

Staff of Adult Social Care Departments

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.

Survey of Adult Carers

The Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers (SACE) is a biennial survey which was last conducted in 2016-17. It seeks carers' opinions on a number of topics that are considered to be indicative of a balanced life alongside their caring role.

Survey of Adult Social Care

The Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey (ASCS) is an annual national survey that gathers information from users in receipt of long term support services funded or managed by social services.

Secondment opportunities for local authority staff

We are looking for a number of experienced data, performance, information or finance analysts to come and work with the adult social care team in NHS Digital. These opportunities are open to all local authority staff who have a detailed working knowledge of the adult social care central data returns and would be particularly suitable for individuals with knowledge of at least one of the following: SALT, safeguarding, finance and carers/users surveys.  These secondment opportunities are supported by sector partner organisations including ADASS, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Local Government Association.

Successful candidates will be employed on a part-time secondment basis (work patterns to be negotiated), and would work closely with the team at their offices in central Leeds.  Terms and Conditions of employment, including salary and any leave entitlement, will remain with the employing organisation. NHS Digital will reimburse the employing organisation for any salary and travel expenses relating to the secondment.  

Open the Adult social care secondment pack