A new performance framework for adult social care in England – Consultation with ADASS members

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) is consulting on the performance framework by which adult social care services are measured in England: the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF).

Earlier this year we supported ADASS to consult widely with stakeholders in the sector to gain their ideas about how ASCOF could change and what new measures might be introduced to better reflect changes in national policy.

Additionally, ADASS wanted to explore how to:

  • Realise the potential of technological developments.
  • Maximise the potential benefits of planned shifts from annual aggregate returns to more frequent client-level data integrated with data from the NHS.
  • Ensure that any revision to ASCOF is looking to the future.

Following the initial consultation, IPC produced two reports: Reviewing the current ASCOF and Options for developing the right 'performance narrative' for Adult Social Care. Key options for ADASS members to consider are whether to:

  1. refresh the current framework with reference to the suggestions and comments gathered through the consultation; or
  2. explore an alternative to ASCOF, based on the Care Act.

ADASS have asked IPC to undertake further consultation to consider in more detail the option for a new performance framework based on the Care Act.

Directors of Adults Social Care in England have been sent details on how each local authority can provide feedback through briefing sessions and a questionnaire during November 2020. If you would like to know more about how your local authority can participate, please visit the ADASS website or contact Michael Chard, Assistant Chief Officer, ADASS Michael.Chard1@adass.org.uk 

Philip Provenzano, Assistant Director, IPC and Professor John Bolton will be working with colleagues from ADASS and other sector stakeholders and representatives during December and January, reporting their findings and recommendations to ADASS in February 2021. If you would like further information on this work, then please contact Philip Provenzano pprovenzano@brookes.ac.uk