FLoSC – Preparation and Analysis of Data
What is it for?
FLoSC-PAD (FLoSC – Preparation & Analysis of Data) helps local councils in managing their data input to FLoSC (Forecasting Length of Stay and Cost). In other words, it consists in preparing and analyzing data related to publicly funded residents in institutional long-term care (LTC) in order to analyse the patterns of length of stay (LOS) and forecast cost of a council’s known commitments for a period of time.
How can it help?
It is worth pointing out that the main issue with using FLoSC is obtaining the right data and reshaping the data into the right format. However, once the data issue is sorted out, the continuing use of FLoSC will be very straightforward. FLoSC-PAD provides a consistent and unique format to use FLoSC properly. It enables local councils’ budget planners to extract and prepare data before using FLoSC. FLoSC-PAD is also a useful stand-alone tool as it provides a summary on the movement of publicly funded residents in institutional Long-Term Care (LTC) for a period of time and statistics on residents’ costs and ages at admission. Furthermore, this tool makes possible the development of the knowledge base which will allow HSCMG to provide feedback on how the results of a local council compare with others.
How is it done?
FLoSC-PAD generates FLoSC input data and provides preliminary analyses based on data routinely captured by local councils, such as date of admission, date of discharge, destination of discharge, average weekly cost, etc.
Who developed it?
FLoSC-PAD was developed by the Health and Social Care Modelling Group (HSCMG) of the University of Westminster for the Care Services Efficiency Delivery (CSED) Program of the Department of Health.
FLoSC-PAD is provided to assist local councils with managing their data input to FLoSC. It should be noted that the results obtained will be dependent on the completeness, accuracy and validity of the input data. Past patterns of LOS and Average Weekly Cost may change as a result of council actions or extraneous factors.
Neither the Department of Health nor the University of Westminster can be held liable for any consequential damages resulting directly or indirectly from the use of FLoSC-PAD.