Presentation by Mick Mellors, Social Care Adviser, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to National Children and Adult Services Conference 2014
Thursday 30th October 2014, 9.00am

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 built on collective experience of gathering, analysing and translating social care evidence into useful outputs, showing how to co-produce evidence and guidance that enables 'messy' social care data to inform effective, robust decisions.