The Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey (ASCS) is an annual survey for England that took place for the fifth time in 2014-15. The survey covers all service users aged 18 and over in receipt, at the point that data are extracted, of long-term support services funded or managed by the social services following a full assessment of need. It seeks to learn more about how effectively services are helping service users to live safely and independently in their own homes, and the impact that these services have on their quality of life. Service users were sent questionnaires, issued by Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs), in the period January to March 2015. Further information about the survey, including the methodology, can be found in the 'Methodology and Further Information' document in the Resources section of this page.
The numbers in the report are rounded to the nearest five.
The percentages in the report are rounded to the nearest whole number thus the figures given for each question may not add up to 100 per cent. National-level information is provided in this report. Further national-level data, data for all CASSRs in England and final, national-level data for the ASCS for 2010-11 to 2014-15 are provided as annex files.
The data used to produce the report are available in a CSV file. These are available in the Resources section below.
There have been a number of changes to the survey methodology for 2014-15 which are detailed in full in the methodological change notice that was published by the HSCIC in July 2015, which is available via the Related Links section of this page. The text of the methodological change notice is reproduced in Appendix C of the report. The most important changes to note are:
• The population covered by the survey now includes only those in receipt of long-term support services; those in receipt of low-level support only (e.g. equipment and adaptations, professional support, short-term residential care) are not included in the survey population or sample.
• The population covered by the survey now includes those service users who receive support from CASSRs in terms of assessment and care management but who pay in full for the cost of their services (full cost clients); previously service users were included only where the CASSR made a contribution towards the costs of services received.
• The methodology used to weight the results has been enhanced to improve the accuracy of the estimates presented.
Because of these changes, it is not possible to make direct comparisons between data for 2014-15 and previous years.
Therefore, comparisons are not included in this report. The effects of the above changes, in reference to 2013-14 and 2014-15 data, are described in Appendix B of the report.
Findings from the survey are used to populate a number of measures in the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework; these outcome scores have been published and can be found in the 'Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework, England - 2014-15' report, a link to which is provided in the Related Links section.
CASSRs reported that at the point that data for the survey were extracted from local systems, there were 673,860 service users aged 18 and over in receipt of long-term support services funded or managed by the social services following a full assessment of need. 69,510 out of a sample of 192,995 service users responded to the survey, which is a response rate of 36 per cent (whereas it was 38 per cent in 2013-14).
UPDATE: The comma-separated values (CSV) data file was enhanced in December 2015 to include fields showing all of the categories in Support Setting and Mechanism of Delivery. These fields ('SupportSetting' and 'MechanismDelivery') are described in the CSV guidance and data dictionary workbook.
Please note: (15/02/16). The 'CSV guidance and data dictionary' annex for this publication has been replaced in order to correct the labelling of the 'Variable Descriptions' columns for gender, ethnicity and age in the 'DataDictionary' worksheet. The HSCIC would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.