Review of the Information Centre Survey Programme Dr Andy Sutherland, Programme Head, Population and Resources, IC
The Information Centre – who we are Who we are The Information Centre for health and social care (The IC) – based in Leeds - was created in April 2005 out of the former NHS Information Authority and the Department of Health Statistics Unit. What we do Our role is to provide independent facts and figures relating to the health and social care communities in the UK. We are working to make information more accessible. That means making it easier for the public, regulators, health and social care professionals and policy makers to find what they want, when they want it.
Which surveys we commission • Health Survey for England • Smoking, Drinking and Drug use in young people • Adult and Child Mental Health Surveys • Adult and Child Dental Health Surveys • Omnibus modules – smoking, drinking, contraception, sun exposure, back pain • General Household Survey – general health, use of services, carers, older people • National Maternity Survey • Infant Feeding Survey
Survey Programme Review - why • Challenge of smaller budget, rising costs, increase in demand for data • Some of our survey vehicles, like GHS are changing • Changing information environment, with more admin data available, especially patient records • Wider range of customers with new requirements
Purpose of the Survey Review Programme • To establish whether, and if so, how, to change the focus of the IC Survey Programme to maximise its strategic fit and the power of the information coming from it in light of current and forthcoming developments in administrative information sources in primary, secondary care and social care
Governance of the review • Survey Programme Review Board (SPRB) • Representatives from IC directorate, ONS, RDPH, APHO, DH, Research community • Meet 5-6 times in 2007 • User forum • Users of IC survey data • Expected 25-30 members • Meet twice yearly • QA and customer views • Survey Project Team • IC staff plus one contractor • Provide support to SPRB
Expected outcomes and timeframe • Review complete by end of 2007 • A proposal for approval by IC board and consultation • Feed into surveys from 2008/9 onwards • Process for ongoing review
Some examples of other sources of related survey data • English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing • Millennium Cohort Study • Patient/ service user surveys • National Surveys of people with Diabetes, Cancer, General Practice • Expenditure and Food Survey • British Household Panel Survey/UK Household Longitudinal Survey
Administrative sources of data • Hospital Episodes data (IC) • National Clinical Audit Support Programme (IC) • Electronic Patient Records (in future) • Quality Outcomes Framework • IC data collections, such as social care, smoking cessation, immunisation, contraception, ambulance services etc. • Census data (ONS)
Components of review work • Setting out strategy and principles • Establishing IC role • Identifying customers and needs • Identifying gaps in health and social care data • Summarising technical issues, such as data protection, linkage, standards • Generate options • Decide!
Current work being assessed by review process • Dental Health Survey for 2008/2009 • Repeat of Carers module from GHS 2000 • Repeat of Older People module from GHS 2001 • Review of alcohol and tobacco use questions across GHS, Omnibus and HSE
Headline facts • Married co-habiting men and women are more likely to have had a drink in the last week than those who are single, divorced/separated or widowed (GHS 2005)
Headline facts • 9 per cent of 11-15 year olds were regular smokers in 2006, a proportion which has remained unchanged since 2003 (SDD 2006)
Headline facts • Breast-feeding rates in England in 2005 were 78% at birth, 66% at one week and only 26% at six months (IFS 2005).
Headline facts • Around 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 6 children eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day (HSE 2005)
Headline facts • 77% of people questioned in 2006 said they agreed with or strongly agreed with legislation to ban smoking in enclosed places. Only 15% disagreed with the ban. (ONS Omnibus 2006)