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A consultation on proposals - Transparency in outcomes: a framework for adult social care - closes 9th Feb 2011

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Alongside the Social Care Vision, the Department of Health has launched Transparency in Outcomes: a framework for adult social care - a consultation on a new strategic approach to quality and outcomes in adult social care.  The consultation envisages an enabling framework which places outcomes at the heart of social care, improves quality in services, and empowers citizens to hold their councils to account for the services they provide.  The next stage will be co-produced with partners, based on responses to this consultation.

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How to respond to this consultation

This consultation closes on 9 February 2011.  You can contribute to the consultation by providing written comments either by email or by post to:

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This circular informs councils of the Government's new Vision for Adult Social Care: Capable Communities and Active Citizens and its consultation on Transparency in outcomes: a framework for adult social care

 

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Transparency in outcomes: a framework for quality in adult social care - response to consultation

The consultation on our proposals for a new approach to quality and outcomes in adult social care ran from 16 November 2010 to 9 February 2011. The consultation response below sets out the voices we have heard through the process, how they have shaped our views, and the next steps for this agenda.

Today we are also publishing the first national Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework, which will apply to the year 2011/12. This is an important part of the Government's commitment to rebalancing the relationship with local government, and focusing on what matters most to people.

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List of respondents

List of organisations who responded to the consultation 'Transparency in outcomes: a framework for adult social care'.

The list details those organisations who responded to the consultation. In addition, we also received a number of responses from individuals.

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http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Consultations/Responsestoconsultations/DH_125464<

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There needs to be a 'single performance framework' to make sure NHS and social care services work together to improve outcomes for patients and service users, the King's Fund has said.

In its paper 'Integrating health and social care: Where next?', the think tank said the government's NHS reforms offered an opportunity to integrate health and social care. However, plans for separate outcome frameworks for the NHS, social care and public health could threaten joint working at a local level, reducing benefits for patients and service users. The King's Fund said the frameworks need to be aligned so there could be a single outcomes framework for all three services.

The report also reckoned that new health and wellbeing boards being set up under the government's health reforms to bring together the NHS and local authorities won't have the powers needed to drive the integration of local services. The Health and Social Care Bill needs to be changed to give the boards more powers to make sure that new GP consortia and local authorities work closely together, the think tank said.

King's Fund Chief Executive Chris Ham said: "We know that people want care that feels joined up and seamlessly addresses their needs. We also know that this is not the reality many people experience when they come into contact with health and social care services.

"Getting services to work together is a key challenge in improving outcomes, especially for people with long term conditions and older people with complex needs."

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The government has rejected a national payment by results scheme for adult social care after it faced unanimous opposition from sector leaders.

It backed off from the idea after social care leaders said it was "inappropriate" for the sector because of the difficulties in ascribing national tariffs to local contracts between councils and providers.

The plan was mooted in a consultation on a new quality framework for adult care, published last November, as a way of incentivising providers to improve quality. The Department of Health issued the final framework< yesterday.

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Responding to the consultation<, it said "respondents were almost at one in considering [national payment by results] approaches inappropriate in adult social care". The Local Government Group said it ran counter to the government's emphasis on localism, while the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services said it would support a "more limited local approach".

The DH said it would now consider what actions would "incentivise quality improvement", in the context of the framework. The framework's overall aim is to make councils accountable downwards to users and the public for performance, rather than upwards to ministers, and the DH said it would not be used as a national performance management tools.

It includes four domains or themes outlining what social care users, their carers and families should expect from services, with each domain including outcome statements describing more specifically the outcomes to be reached, each of which will be measured by a set of indicators.

The domains for 2011-12 are:

• Enhancing quality of life for people with care and support needs.

• Delaying and reducing the need for care and support.

• Ensuring that people have a positive experience of care and support.

• Safeguarding adults whose circumstances make them vulnerable and protecting them from avoidable harm.

Among the outcomes that people can expect are:

• Carers can balance their caring roles and maintain their desired quality of life.

• People manage their own support as much as they wish, so that are in control of what, how and when support is delivered to match their needs.

• Earlier diagnosis, intervention and reablement means that people and their carers are less dependent on intensive services.

• People are protected as far as possible from avoidable harm, disease and injuries.

As previously reported, instead of the now-scrapped annual performance assessment of councils' commissioning, authorities will be expected to produce local accounts of their performance.

Council performance against outcome indicators will still be published annually, alongside a "national data set for adult social care" capturing raw data on service quality.

Paul Najsarek, joint chair of the Adass standards and performance network, said the document recognised that improvements were driven by strong local leadership and accountability to service users and citizens.

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Transparency in outcomes: a framework for quality in adult social care; Department of Health, 31 March 2011 - London Councils

This framework sets out to personalise social care services and takes a needs led and preventative approach to adult social care.

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