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Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th October 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2021 to Question 37509 NHS: Emergencies, for what reason the Government does not collect Operational Pressures Escalation Levels data in order to monitor pressures across the care system.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Operational Pressures Escalation Levels (OPEL) is a method used by the National Health Service to measure the stress, demand and pressure a hospital is under rather than social care systems.

Care Quality Commission-registered care homes and home care providers in the adult social care sector are monitored through the Capacity Tracker which collects data on workforce, personal protective equipment status, designated setting vacancies, infection prevention and control measures in place and vaccine rates for COVID-19 and flu. The Department also works with local authorities and social care providers to share data via its dashboard and regional teams to ensure that systems are prepared if pressures on services rise. If a trust is raised to OPEL 3 or 4, any potential resulting pressures on social care could be reflected in these monitoring systems.

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