Consultation on the Health Survey for England

Article dated: 25 October 2013

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) is carrying out a public consultation on the future of the Health Survey for England.

The Health Survey for England (HSE) collects data about health, social care and behaviours such as smoking and drinking. This is a chance to influence the future of this important, long-running survey.

The HSCIC want to understand:

  • how the survey is used and what users' priorities are, to help make informed decisions on the future content and structure of the survey
  • how different people and organisations use the varied information from the survey and how important it is to them
  • what things about the survey should not change, but also what innovations should there be
  • what information should be available from the survey over the next few years

The answers to the survey will help the HSCIC justify both the need for the survey in future and the related public expenditure to continue providing it.

They will help decide if, for example, how many people the survey covers or if the way it is done should be changed. The HSCIC want to ensure that the survey continues to be relevant and meaningful to the people who use it, and that they are meeting the information needs of users in the best and most cost-effective way.

The closing date for this consultation is 30 December 2013.


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