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Short and Long Term Support (SALT)
The Short and Long Term Services (SALT) collection relates to the social care activity of Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities in England. It is published annually 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).
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
For the last three years, activity data collected using the SALT collection has been published alongside the finance data
Prior to this, it was published as a standalone activity report.
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.
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.
Deferred Payments Agreements (DPA)
This collection was introduced on a voluntary basis 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.
Data 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.
In 2016-17, the return was part mandatory and was included in the Adult Social Care Activity and Finance Report, England - 2016-17
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 an official 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.
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".
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 a biennial report which is deemed to be a national statistic. Guardianship under the Mental Health Act 1983 provides a framework of care to help a person achieve as independent a life as possible, whilst protecting their safety or that of others
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Details and guidance for these and other social care collections, including the Social Care September letter, can be found here: