Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework

A new approach to quality and outcomes in adult social care was recently launched today with the publication of the first Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework.

The framework signals a move away from top-down performance management and centrally driven process targets towards a system focused on quality and the issues that matter most to those with care and support needs. It follows the publication in November of the Vision for adult social care and the consultation Transparency in outcomes: a framework for adult social care.

Describing a set of outcomes for people who use social care services, their carers and families, the statements outline what people should expect from high quality services and will be key to helping them hold local organisations to account.

These outcomes cover a range of aspects of care, including:

  • ensuring people are treated with dignity;
  • giving people the support they need to get back to work;
  • giving carers the support they need to balance their caring roles while maintaining a good quality of life; and
  • helping people regain their independence.

The framework lays the foundations for future reforms in adult social care, which will be built upon in the Care and Support White Paper later this year. It has been co-produced with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the Local Government Group (LGG).