Collecting national and local data to inform the audit

For the self-assessment process to be meaningful, it should be informed by data about the local situation in health and social care. There are no simple measures of age discrimination, but there are a number of indicators that help inform a judgement about whether the different treatment of people by age group can be justified or might indicate harmful discrimination. This audit tool includes a specially prepared set of Achieving Age Equality Criteria to guide this process. You will find more information about the criteria in the 'Doing the audit' section.

Staff may wish to take the following actions locally to collect information to inform your local audit:

  • Review the work undertaken in 2002 as part of the National Service Framework for Older People in which health and social care reviewed local policies to ensure they were not age discriminatory.
  • Send out a local ‘call for evidence’ asking for views on where there may currently be age discrimination.
  • Review the local position on national benchmarking data relevant to age discrimination. The West Midlands Public Health Observatory has published profiles of health and social care services for older people for every primary care trust and local authority in England. In addition they are producing a set of indicators of different treatment on the basis of age, that are designed to complement the profiles and help localities understand their current position.
  • Review the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment to see what information it contains on age differences and potential discrimination, including important local trends and population characteristics, specific issues regarding health and socio-economic inequalities, and specific issues regarding potential under/over provision for different population groups. See the Annex in the Achieving age equality review.
  • Link with the Department of Health’s Dignity in care programme to see what relevant information exists.
  • Link with the Putting People First programme to review what progress is being made to ensure equal access to different aspects of the personalisation agenda.
  • Review patient and service user feedback information such as surveys, complaints, engagement events and questionnaires to see whether there is any relevant information.

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