A website has been launched to compare adult social care services as the momentum grows for integrating health and care services. The aim of the website is to make services more transparent, but as yet there is no data to make any comparisons.
The Department of Health has worked with the Health and Social Care Information Centre to produce the website which allows users to select a local authority from the map or drop-down menu to find out how carers and people receiving local authority funded care and support in an area rate factors such as quality of their life, satisfaction with care services and feeling safe.
Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said: We want people to be able to know how well their local authority is performing. This will highlight those councils doing really well, but it will also enable people to hold their council to account if it fails to deliver good results from adult social care services, such as helping people to live independently or giving them genuine choice and control over their care and support. This online tool will provide people with the information they need to do this in a clear, accessible format.
When comparative data becomes available people who use care and support, carers and the public will be able to see how well their local authority is performing. This will help people to hold their council to account for the quality of the care they provide.
Councils will also use the site to help them drive up standards of care, and give people genuine choice and control over the services they use.