Health and Social Care

Last updated on Thursday 25 March 2021

Our Health and Social Care domain oversees the regulation of statistics concerning the health of the UK population and health and social care services provided in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has been a busy time for the Health and Social Care domain. We continue to respond at speed to user concerns, working with statistics producers to make sure that the statistics produced are timely and meet user needs.

Our priority for 2020/21 is to address data gaps. We will work to support statistics that serve public debate in light of the current pandemic. We will also continue to focus on mental health statistics and social care data transformation, so that they achieve the prominence of existing statistics about hospital performance.

We will continue to encourage access to data, seeking solutions to the problems that researchers experience when trying to access data from NHS Digital, and to support collaboration between statistics producers who are linking and analysing data about cost, outcomes and people’s lived experiences.

We will also champion the joining-up of data on health and social care with data on other aspects of people’s lives, including crime, justice, education, employment and welfare. We will also continue to contribute to relevant parliamentary enquiries and follow these up with relevant engagement.

Contact our regulators for this domain Anna Price, Caroline JonesSarah Whitehead, Vicky Stone and Effie Roberts for more information.

Planned Work

ProjectGeographyProject TypeTimescale
General Pharmaceutical Services statistics (NHS Business Services Authority)EnglandAssessmentMarch 2021 – September 2021
NHS Education for Scotland statistics (NHS Education for Scotland)ScotlandCompliance CheckOctober 2020 - March 2021
Mental Health Statistics in Northern IrelandNorthern IrelandSystemic ReviewNovember 2020 - July 2021

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