The Adult Social Care Efficiency Tool, released last month, helps local authorities to identify other areas similar to themselves (so-called “statistical neighbours”) for so that it is possible to assess how their services compare on value for money with similar local authority areas, in terms of adult social care delivery for older people and for working age adults with learning disabilities.
This tool offers a means of comparing spending and outcomes between councils. It is intended to help directors of adult social services and local authority commissioners to identify opportunities for improving the efficiency of adult social care. Comparable indicators include spending per head, quality of services and access to services.
This tool works with Excel Version 2010 or higher.
Adult social care efficiency tool. London: Department of Health, August 5th 2014.