Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework, England - 2017-18

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Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs), Local Authorities
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01 Apr 2017 to 31 Mar 2018


The Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) measures how well care and support services achieve the outcomes that matter most to people. The ASCOF is used both locally and nationally to set priorities for care and support, measure progress and strengthen transparency and accountability.

This report focuses on the main findings for each measure in the ASCOF in 2017-18. Data are provided at council, regional and national level for each outcome.

The 2017-18 ASCOF report gives a summary of the measures in the framework. The report is complemented by an interactive Power BI report, which allows users to explore the data further. The raw data used in the report are available in the accompanying csv file.

Please note: In 2017-18 a refined methodology was used to calculate measure 1J (Adjusted social care-related quality of life – Impact of Adult Social Care Services). In the 2017-18 time series annex, the 2016-17 figures have been recalculated using this updated methodology. The updated time series annex was issued on 13 November 2018.

Please note: Some data errors were identified for indicators 2A and 2C and the corrected data was issued 26 October 2018.

Key facts

1A: Social care-related quality of life

• Younger adults (aged 18 to 64) reported a higher quality of life score (19.5) than those aged 65 and over (18.9), this difference is statistically significant.

• The overall Social Care-related quality of life score at England level was 19.1 out of a maximum score of 24.

1E: Proportion of adults with learning disabilities in paid employment

• The proportion of adults with learning disabilities in paid employment is 6.0 per cent. This has increased from 5.7 per cent in 2016-17.

• The proportion of adults with a learning disability in paid employment varies across each region in England. London (7.5 per cent) and Eastern (7.5 per cent) have the highest proportion, North West, East Midlands and West Midlands have the lowest proportion of adults with a learning disability in paid employment at 4.3 per cent.

1I(1): Proportion of people who use services who reported that they had as much social contact as they would like

• A higher proportion of service users aged 18 to 64 reported having as much social contact as they would like (49.2 per cent) compared to those aged 65 and over (44.0 per cent).

2C: Delayed transfers of care from hospital, and those which are attributable to social care or jointly to social care and the NHS, per 100,000 population

• At England level the rate of delayed transfers of care was 12.3 per 100,000 population. Due to a change in methodology this figure is not comparable with previous years

• Measure 2C(2) now includes only those delayed transfers of care that are attributable to adult social care. The rate for 2017-18 was 4.3 per 100,000 population

• A new measure, 2C(3), records delays that are jointly attributable to the NHS and social care. The rate for 2017-18 was 0.9 per 100,000 population

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