Latest news from the programme
2016/17 reference cost data now available
Reference costs show how NHS providers spent money to provide healthcare to patients. They have been collected for every financial year since 1997/98.
The 2016/17 data was published on 24 November. Reference costs are used by trusts to understand efficiency, as well as for the Model Hospital, the getting it right first time (GIRFT) programme and national tariff prices. They are one of the richest sources of data about NHS finances.
Sign up for January’s national sector forums
In January 2018, in partnership with HFMA, we are holding four national sector forums. These events will look at the changing role of costing and share learning between organisations.
The forums are primarily aimed at directors of finance and transformation. However, clinical and operational leads who use patient-level costing information in their work are also welcome.
Consulation on mandating patient-level costing has now closed
This consultation is now closed. We are reviewing responses and will publish a decision in early 2018.
About the programme
To support the sustainable delivery of high quality patient care as outlined in the Five Year Forward View, providers need to fully understand their current models of care and what the impact would be of moving to a new way of delivering services.
Cost is an important factor in evaluating how effectively and efficiently you're delivering care to patients. Having accurate, consistent, patient-level cost information will help you to:
- make the best possible use of resources
- evaluate clinical practice
- compare different ways of working
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