The public perceptions of the NHS and social care is an annual DH commissioned survey that provides a useful check on public sentiment and experience relating to the NHS and Social Care. This additional NHS study focused on the NHS in particular. Fieldwork took place in May 2012 and was conducted by Ipsos Mori. The results of the study form an overall picture, as perceived by the public, of the NHS. Core questions are asked in each wave of the survey, but there is flexibility that allows us to ensure that the survey reflects the most current issues.
This survey complements other major surveys commissioned by DH but is unique in the fact that it focuses on the general public, rather than patients only, and therefore provides an independent view on how NHS issues are regarded by the public.