The Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England (SACE) is a biennial user experience survey of carers who have had a carer’s assessment or review in the previous 12 months. Following the guidance1 provided by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), local authorities with responsibility for providing adult social care services conduct a postal survey of a sample of carers and return the results to the HSCIC. The data collected in the SACE is combined with individual-level auxiliary data from local authority administration systems and is used to:
Provide assured, consistent and benchmarkable local data on care outcomes.
Support transparency and accountability, enabling people to make better choices about their care.
Help local services identify areas where outcomes can be improved in a very challenging financial climate, and support their own initiatives with an assured vehicle for obtaining outcome information.
Populate outcome measures in the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework.