May 2018: This chapter has been updated to link to the most recent Handbook of Definitions and ASCOF information.
This chapter outlines local and national key performance indicators and outcome information. It is part of the wider performance management framework. It provides information about the national Adult Social Care Outcome Framework (ASCOF) as well as locally agreed key performance information.
Performance against the ASCOF is published annually by NHS Digital. The Department of Health also provides an annual report on the national picture. The Health and Wellbeing Board via the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment should use local ASCOF data as well as other information sources, to inform their Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (see Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies).
ASCOF was first published in March 2011, and is reviewed annually to update the measures to reflect outcomes for adults and carers.
An outcome is defined as the end result for an adult who has used local authority funded social care and support service (Health and Social Care Information Centre). This could be, for example, receiving financial support, being admitted to a care home or being provided with information and advice.
ASCOF enables the local authority to see how they are performing in implementing local changes required as a result of the Care Act 2014. This includes supporting people to maintain their independence and their connections to the community, and ensuring they have control over the care they receive.
ASCOF is used both locally and nationally to
It provides comparable information on the outcomes and experiences of people who use adult social care, and carers.
‘The key roles of the ASCOF are:
Click here to view Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework.
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