Following up our key Stakeholders Round Table, we ran the Better Statistics, Better Decisions Health and Care Summit, which was a platform for producers and users to shape the future landscape for English health and care statistics together. A compelling vision for an improved system providing high quality statistics underpinning better decisions inside and outside of public administration was set out. Participants in the Summit enthusiastically embraced this vision. Links to a note taken from the Health and Care Summit along with Ed Humpherson’s summary of the strategic issues that these events highlighted, presentations from the Summit and an attendee listing are given below.

We are following up these Health and Care events in a number of ways. We:

  • Publicly invite those who attended the Summit to be key ambassadors for taking forward initiatives to tackle these strategic issues back in their own organisations
  • Support the drive to address these issues
  • Are reconvening the Round Table and play back the proceedings from the Summit
  • Are liaising with main statistics producers and asking them to create action plans, which would have the status of voluntary enhancements. Over time we will monitor progress against these action plans and consider regulatory action if progress is insufficient or too slow
  • Invite people to reconvene in a year’s time to take stock; the planning for this will start later this year.

Health and care statistics producers now convene through an English Health Statistics Steering Group to effect greater coordination of their activities. Ed Humpherson is writing to these producers commissioning a joint action plan, which the English Health Statistics Steering Group will coordinate.

The RSS has also asked the Statistics Authority to contribute to a session on Health and Care Statistics – What is the Future? at its Conference between 5th and 8th as part of our public support of producers’ initiatives to enhance health and care statistics. We continue to meet with the key bodies to establish what further activity we as regulators of official statistics need to take.

Related Links:

HCI Terms of Reference

Director General for Regulation’s Summary of Strategic Issues highlighted by the Health and Care Summit

Note of the Health and Care Summit

Presentations from the Health and Care Summit:

Ed Humpherson Keynote Address

A local government perspective – Juliet Whitworth

Mind’s use of data – Stephen Buckley

Collaborating to maximise impact – Jamie Jenkins

UK Health Accounts – James Lewis

PHE and local authorities – Kate Sweeney and Andy Baker