This conference was held on Tuesday 28 November, 10am to 4pm, in central London.

 


Official statistics are extremely important because they help us answer key questions, for example, on the performance and quality of health and social care services, or about the health of the population. With this information judgements and decisions made by the public, government, and health and care services can be made and debated. In 2015, as the statistics regulator, we asked statisticians in England to improve the coherence and accessibility of health and social care statistics. Statisticians have been working to respond to this request, their activity is outlined here.

We are holding this conference to bring together users and statisticians to discuss improvements in the coherence and accessibility of official health and social care statistics, and to discuss what needs to happen next. This event mainly focuses on English statistics, but there will be two breakout sessions to discuss the work focusing on UK healthcare quality indicators.

Statistics discussed at this conference are those associated with measuring:

  • Maternal and child health
  • Smoking
  • Mental health, including dementia
  • UK health and care
  • Health inequalities
  • Adult social care
  • NHS workforce
  • Primary health care

How to sign up

If your organisation wants to discuss what has been happening, and what needs to happen next, to improve the coherence and accessibility of health and social care statistics in England, please let us know: regulation@statistics.gov.uk. In this email let us know what topic (as listed above) you would like to discuss on the day.

There are many people using health and social care statistics, and we would like a wide range of users to be represented but have limited space– so we recommend sending one representative per organisation. If you would like to send more than one, please let us know, we will try to accommodate your request based on the spaces left.

More about the event

Time: 10.00 to 16.00

Venue: Central London, address to be confirmed in your invitation.

 

Agenda:

10.00RegistrationTea and coffee will be available from 9.30.
10.30 to 10.45Morning introductionEd Humpherson, Director General, Office for Statistics Regulation
10.45 to 11.45Session 1: What changes to statistics have users noticed?A brief overview presented by the chairs of the English Health and Social Care Statistics Steering Group and the Four Nations Statistics Group.

The remaining part of the session will involve facilitated group discussions for your chosen topic area. Statisticians and users will discuss what changes users have noticed and what producers are planning to do to improve health and social care statistics in that topic area.
11.45Refreshment break
12:00 to 13:00Session 2: What key questions still need to be answered? Brief talks from a user representative and from statisticians working in Scotland , highlighting that the value of statistics comes from answering pertinent questions.

The remaining part of the session will involve facilitated group discussions for your chosen topic area. Statisticians and users will discuss what government statisticians could be doing to improve the insight provided by health and social care statistics. We are asking users to think in advance about what key questions to bring to this session.
13:00 to 13.45Lunch
Please let regulation@statistics.gov.uk know if you have any food preferences or restrictions.
13:45 to 14:30Key note address:
“The challenge of communicating statistics, and the importance of working with audiences”
Professor David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory at Cambridge University

There will be opportunity for questions for Professor Spiegelhalter.
14:30 to 15:30Session 3: Panel discussion: what next? Confirmed panellists include representatives from:
Public Health England
NHS Digital
Office for National Statistics

Common issues arising from group discussions will be highlighted. There will be an opportunity to ask the Panel questions.
15:30 to 15:40Final thoughtsEd Humpherson, Director General, Office for Statistics Regulation
15:40 to 16:00Closing remarksIain Bell, Deputy National Statistician for Population and Public Policy, Office for National Statistics

Agenda as a printable PDF (176kb)

 

Information for attendees

  • Lunch is provided, but please let regulation@statistics.gov.uk know if you have any food preferences or restrictions.
  • Please let us know what topic of health and social care statistics you would like to discuss on the day.
  • We would like you to think about the gaps in your information needs – the key questions that official statistics can’t answer clearly at the moment – and also about how not knowing the answers to these questions is impacting the debate and decisions made around health and social care. We encourage you to think about the topic you are discussing on the day, but also bring along gaps in health and social care information so that we can feed these points back to statisticians. This preparation will be used in session two of the day.

For those who want to contribute, but can’t attend this event, send us an email with your thoughts or the health and social care team at the Office for Statistics Regulation would be happy to meet with you to discuss.

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