Improving health and social care statistics: lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic

7 October 2021
Last updated:
31 January 2023

Next steps

We have made several recommendations designed to support governments and statistics producers to build on the lessons learned during the pandemic to improve health and social care statistics in future. These recommendations will need to be taken forward by statistics producers and senior leaders within organisations and governments. We recognise that many producers still face considerable pressures due to the ongoing pandemic response. We expect that producers will act on these recommendations as society comes out of the pandemic. We also expect that these recommendations will support more-immediate improvements, for example as part of new government strategies and newly formed organisations.

We will continue to work closely with users and producers, and will engage where relevant more broadly across governments, to push for progress on these recommendations. This will be complemented by follow-ups of our report on joining up data and our reviews of adult social care. We will also focus on transparency and improving government processes for releasing data in our engagements and regulatory work. We plan to provide an update to this review in autumn 2022 setting out progress to date.

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