Recommendation 261

Statistical analysis by the Health and Social Care Information Centre

Accepted
The Information Centre should be enabled to undertake more detailed statistical analysis of its own than currently appears to be the case.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre collects and publishes national data and statistical information in health and social care as required by the Health and Social Care Act 2012.  In doing so, the Health and Social Care Information Centre also has a role in undertaking high level analysis of data, where appropriate, to support the interpretation of information prior to its publication.  For example, in the preparation of the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator.  This is a useful function and the Health and Social Care Information Centre will continue to do this wherever appropriate.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre will also ensure that data which can be interpreted locally is available and in a format that would allow individual organisations to undertake that analysis.  The Health and Social Care Information Centre does not provide local level interpretative analysis, rather it will continue to ensure that such information is available so that it can be used by local trusts and data intermediaries to add value by presenting the data in ways that are most useful to specific local audiences.  This is in line with the government’s information strategy, The Power of Information.

Update

The Health and Social Care Information Centre is currently reviewing its publications strategy to ensure that its outputs are providing relevant and useful statistics and analyses for customers and the public. As part of this review, it has started to produce more thematic reports, for example regarding health and care services for older people, which was published in June 2014.