The processes for finding out about users and uses, and their views on the statistical products
The collection methodology for the 2013-14 and subsequent DoLS collections was changed following a “zero-based review” of adult social care data collections. The key changes introduced were to move to collecting the data annually and at a case level, rather than quarterly and in aggregate. The 2013-14 DoLS collection was developed following consideration of this feedback and was approved by the Department of Health (DH), the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and other key stakeholder organisations including the Association of the Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).
A Working Group exists with the aim to manage the development of the DoLS data collection to reflect the requirements of users and policy. The group includes representatives from NHS Digital, Department of Health and Social Care, Care Quality Commission and local authorities.
Changes made to the collection in 2018-19 are set out in the Introduction. Changes to upcoming collections can be seen in the most recent September letter, available at: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/social-care-collection-materials-2020
Following closure of the data submission window, data providers had the opportunity to complete an online user survey to provide feedback on all Adult Social Care data collections and reporting processes hosted by NHS Digital for 2018-19
We are always interested in knowing if the DoLS data collection is meeting your needs and, if not, what improvements we could make for the future. If you would like to make any comments, please contact us by:
Telephone Enquiries: 0300 303 5678