National Study of Health and Wellbeing: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS)

We are currently assessing the extent to which the following National Statistics produced by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) continue to meet the professional standards set out in the statutory Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

National Study of Health and Wellbeing: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey

The National Study of Health and Wellbeing, also known as Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS), runs every 7 years. HSCIC last published the statistics from the 2007 survey on 27 January 2009. HSCIC expects to publish the statistics from the 2014 survey, which is being carried out by NatCen Social Research on behalf of HSCIC, by late 2016.

Capturing users’ views

The Code of Practice covers a wide range of issues such as the quality of the statistics, their accessibility and the way that the producer body engages with users of the statistics. Capturing the views of users, and potential users, forms an important part of our judgment about the statistics, including how they could be improved.

As these statistics are only published every seven years, we are assessing their compliance with the Code of Practice as they are developed. We would therefore appreciate it, when providing feedback, if you could reflect on your experiences of using the APMS 2007 statistics, and also consider any engagement with HSCIC (and NatCen) in respect of the forthcoming 2014 statistics.

Feedback can be in any form, but it would be particularly helpful to us if you could structure your response around the following areas:

  1. Which of these statistics do you use, and for what purposes? Please be as specific as possible. For example, if you use the statistics to provide briefing and further analysis to others, it would be helpful to know what the end use is.
  2. Are the statistics of sufficient quality for your needs? How clear is the advice from HSCIC about the strengths and limitations of the statistics? What further information would you like?
  3. Is the statistical commentary helpful to you? How could it be improved?
  4. How do you usually access the latest statistics, for example, from the HSCIC website, through the UK Data Archive, from the media etc? How could access be improved?
  5. If you have requested additional data or raised queries with HSCIC about these statistics, or if the statisticians have sought your views about any aspect of the statistics, please tell us how well HSCIC engaged with you.
  6. We welcome comments on any other aspect of these statistics which you think might be relevant to our assessment.

We may want to contact you to discuss your views. Please indicate whether you are happy for us to do so, and provide contact details. You may send your response via email to donna.livesey@statistics.gsi.gov.uk or donna.hosie@statistics.gsi.gov.uk on the Assessment team or, if you would prefer to speak to the team, please call 01633 455814 or 01329 447701.

We look forward to receiving your comments by 30 November 2015.