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Indicator Assurance Service

The way information is used to benefit patients, commissioners and providers of health and care, and therefore the "system" as a whole, is important. Trust in the quality of information, such as through having well defined indicators based on good data and transparent methodologies, is a key element of this.

Building on recommendations made in the Francis Enquiry, work has continued to strengthen confidence in health and care indicators. The Indicator Assurance Service promotes clarity and consistency in health and social care indicators through the provision of appraisal against defined assessment criteria. This supports the 'institutional memory' of the health and care system, helping to avoid instances where more than one indicator, each with differing underlying methodologies, report on the same process and/or outcome to the same audience.

Regulations underpinning the Health and Social Care Act have led to the creation of a National Library of Quality Assured Indicators; a valuable resource where users can find indicators that are robust and based on common understanding. The Indicator Assurance Service provides the means of appraising the quality of these indicators.

The service is hosted by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) on behalf of the wider health and social care system. A wide range of key health and care organisations in England are involved in the assurance process, ensuring a system-wide, joined up approach to decision making.

The promotion of raising standards in indicator development for the benefit of users is central to the operation of the service.

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