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Developing an
Adult Social Care terminology product

Socitm Advisory has been contracted by NHS England to develop a suite of Adult Social Care terminology standards. We are seeking input from stakeholders to help shape this work.


The project is a long-term (12-month) undertaking, running from April 2022 to March 2023. It has arisen from four discovery products commissioned by NHS England/Improvement Transformation Directorate (NHSEI TD) in early 2021, which identified significant gaps in information standards and the requirement for Social Care Terminology and Information Standards. Its key aims and objectives are:


  • To provide an assured national Adult Social Care Terminology product and service to underpin a wide range of known, emergent and future health and social care transformational integration and interoperability initiatives.

  • To build a ‘product’ or suite of resources that catalogue, consolidate, and standardise existing terminology resources and controlled vocabularies relevant to social care – and to provide access to these resources.

Read our project charter, which sets out our aims, objectives, and delivery approach.

Visit the Digital Social Care Data Catalogue Alpha, which includes a growing range of content.


Find out about the progress we've made so far, access our consultation materials, and send us your feedback.

How to get involved


We have started to identify existing Adult Social Care datasets, data standards and terminologies

The Data Catalogue includes a growing range of content. We're keen to have your comments.

View our recent webinars and take the survey

Visit and comment on the Data Catalogue alpha service >


We'd like to involve a broad group of stakeholders, such as:

  • People who receive care

  • Their friends, family and carers

  • Social care professionals in local authorities and elsewhere

  • Care providers

  • Health professionals in the NHS and elsewhere

  • Other local government services, such as children's social care, public health and housing

  • System suppliers

  • Researchers, academics and statisticians who use health and social care data

  • Other stakeholders including the voluntary sector

  • Organisations and groups which represent the above.

To get involved please email


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