Adult Social Care


Adult Social Care 

Individuals want to live rich and fulfilling lives, participating in their local community and contributing to its vibrancy. Families want this for their loved ones too. They, and society at large, also want to ensure that those who need care and support – whether a young learning-disabled person or a 90 year-old with dementia – are supported in ways which enable them to feel safe, happy and where possible to take part in the life of their community. Those who work in or receive adult social care services recognise this. This is the core social purpose of care and support – not to control people’s lives for them but to work with them as equal partners to help them achieve what they want from life.

The vision and aims of the Government’s White Paper, Caring for our future (2012) include:

  • Choice and control
  • Working in partnership
  • Personalised care
  • Keeping people healthy and involved with their communities

Social care (‘care’) comprises personal care and practical support for adults with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, or physical or mental illnesses, as well as support for their carers. 

Adults’ care needs are often multiple and interrelated with other needs. Adult social care is therefore part of a complex system of related public services and forms of support How well services meet adults’ needs depends on all parts of the system working together. For example, good medical management of long-term conditions can prevent a person developing care needs, and welfare benefits can maintain independent living.

This JSNA page will host a range of Adult Social Care information, wherever possible local, regional and national. This will encompass relevant data, information, intelligence and insight that informs local communities and service commissioners alike. The page will continue to be updated. 

Key Documents

Wirral Market Position Statement: Overview of needs - 2016 or access content here

Adult social care market shaping (March 2017)
This DH guidance is aimed at people who buy social care services, including local authority and clinical commissioning group commissioners, as well as personal budget holders and people who fund their own care, care service providers and potential investors in the care sector. Access here

Creating the five year forward view for social care
How transformed and integrated health and care could improve outcomes and cost-effectiveness Second edition published: March 2017
The Five Year Forward View sets out a case for upfront investment in the NHS to transform it into a service which reaches people in their homes and communities with early, effective interventions and builds partnerships with people with long term health conditions and their families. It is widely accepted that this will only succeed where social care makes the same transformation.
This paper explores the potential for scaling up the most promising examples of care, support and community health services, initially using data from Birmingham City Council, modelling their outcomes and costs. Access here


Evidence, intelligence and insight 

  • Wirral JSNA: Autism section here

  • Wirral JSNA: Carers section here

  • Wirral JSNA: Learning Disabilities section here

  • Wirral JSNA: Older People section here (This section has informed Wirral's Ageing Well Strategy as part of Wirral 2020 Plan

  • Wirral Market Position Statement - Overview of needs - July 2016 here (Other elements of Wirral MPS 2016 will be published in Autumn 2016 - please check back again)


  • Adult Social Care Outcomes
    These pages show data about adult social care in local authorities around the country. The 'outcome measures' are from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) 2014-15 (final release). Access

  • Adult Social Care tool
    This updated tool for older people and adults with learning disabilities provides comparative information on spending per head, quality of services and access to services. These are the two largest groups who receive adult social care. View

Key information sources for you to consider:
Government Social Care webpage

NHS Outcomes Framework
National Centre for Health Outcomes Development
NHS Information Centre
JSNA other useful sources of information 

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