ASCOF

The Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) is the Department of Health’s main tool for setting direction and strengthening transparency in adult social care. The Department of Health has set out the indicators for measuring adult social care outcomes in 2014 and 2015.

ASCOF data is being presented in a map that allows people to find out more about care services. You can select your local authority from the map or drop-down menu, or type in your postcode to find out how carers and people receiving local authority funded care and support in your area rate their quality of life, satisfaction with care services.

The framework:

  • describes the principles for the way in which the framework should be used, and its role in supporting local improvement
  • provides a national commentary on adult social care outcomes in 2011 to 2012, the first year of the operation of the framework
  • sets out the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) for 2013 to 2014
  • provides a forward look for the development of the framework in future years

The ASCOF Handbook of Definitions sets out the technical detail of each measure, with worked examples to minimise confusion and inconsistency in reporting and interpretation.

The National Minimum Dataset for Social Care (NMDS-SC) provides local and national information on the shape of the adult social care workforce. This information and commissioning resources complement the ASCOF. The work on workforce integration and workforce outcome measurement model are helpful tools too.

You can find more information about this on the government website here.