09.00 - 10.00 Thursday 30 October

Decision making in social care: making best use of evidence

Room: Exchange 11

Chair: Amanda Edwards, Deputy Chief Executive SCIE and Director of NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care

Main Participants:

Mick Mellors, Social Care Adviser, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Martin Knapp, Director, Social for Social Care Research
Beth Anderson, Head of Evidence & Guidance, Social Care Institute for Excellence

Social care interventions are hugely diverse.  Both the way in which care is planned and delivered, as well as the nature of the care itself have an impact on outcomes for people who use services.  Increased local-level accountability, growing numbers of self-funders, reduced budgets, and high levels of public scrutiny and challenge mean resource allocation has never been more difficult for purchasers and providers.  Using evidence to understand population needs and intervention effectiveness (and cost-effectiveness) is critical, yet social care-related data is rarely clear cut.  The aim of social care services is to maximise the quality of life of people who need them; to facilitate choice and control.  Personalising services means recognising that intended outcomes; can differ from one person to the next; may not be evidenced for some considerable time; and, may not even show 'improvement' as a result of care interventions.  How then, do we define, what work?

This session builds on out collective experience of gathering, analysing and translating social care evidence into useful outputs.  We show how to co-produce evidence and guidance that enables 'messy' social care data to inform effective, robust decisions.

This will be a short presentation by expert speakers followed by Q & A and plenary discussion.