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Indicator Assurance Service

The way information is used by both commissioners and providers of health and care service to the benefit of patients is important. Therefore having trust in the quality of information is also of great importance. The Indicator Assurance Service supports this goal through providing the means to ensure national level health and social care indicators are well defined and are based on good data and transparent methodologies.

Building on recommendations made in the Francis Enquiry, work has continued to strengthen confidence in health and care indicators. 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 have been assessed for their robustness and quality.

The Indicator Assurance Service provides the means of quality assuring these indicators, using clear and well defined assessment criteria to promote clarity and consistency. In doing this, the service helps avoid instances where more than one indicator, each using different underlying data or methodologies, report on the same process or outcome to the same audience.

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 end-to-end process which encourages a joined up approach to decision making.

Raising standards in indicators for the benefit of users is central to the service.

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