Initial results from a large-scale telephone survey in care homes in England, with fieldwork conducted by Ipsos, have been published today. The survey was conducted on behalf of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), working in collaboration with Public Health England (PHE) and University College London (UCL). The study was commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Ipsos was responsible for the fieldwork and provision of data only. The data analysis and reporting was the full responsibility of Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The survey was designed to collect information on the number of staff and residents at each establishment, and data about COVID-19. The aim of the survey was to obtain accurate measures of the proportion of people in each care home who have been infected with COVID-19, to supplement testing data obtained from the whole care home testing programme.
The target population for the survey was managers of care homes in England which cater for dementia and those aged over 65 years. In total, 9,081 care homes were selected to take part in the survey. All survey fieldwork was carried out from 26 May 2020 to 19 June 2020 using a Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) script. The survey attempted to obtain a response from all 9,081 care homes. No sampling was involved and no quotas were set. Of the 9,081 care homes, 56% (5,126) responded.