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Latest news from the programme
National Cost Collections 2020
Since the early days of the Covid-19 outbreak we have been working on the scheduling of new collection windows and reviewing costing processes to take account of the extra pressures facing trusts due to the pandemic. Central to this work has been a recent survey requesting feedback on potential options for collection windows, as well as asking providers for their views on a range of matters relating to the impact of the pandemic on costing. The response to this survey was excellent; we received 240 submissions, and this has allowed us to formulate a way forward which we believe will be sympathetic to the needs of the sectors.
Having reviewed the feedback we have now decided upon the following dates for the collection of data for the 2019/20 financial year:
Acute and Community sectors: 7 September – 6 November 2020
Ambulance and Mental Health sectors: 11 January – 29 January 2021
These dates were first announced to the costing community on a webinar which took place on Monday 18 May. The slides from that webinar are below, and a recording of the webinar can be viewed here.
Acute providers are now able to reserve a date for their submissions. If you wish to reserve a date please follow this link.
Slides from the 2020 National Cost Collections webinar held on Monday 18 May.
2020 Cost Collection Launch Event
The Costing Team held the 2020 Cost Collection Launch Event at the Hard Rock Hotel in central London on Tuesday 3 March 2020. Attended by almost 150 costing professionals from across the country this was a great opportunity for us to share information about our plans for 2020 and to find out from the costing community their concerns and priorities. The next round of costing engagement events is currently scheduled for Autumn 2020; if you have any thoughts on what you would like to see from those events please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A PDF of the slides from the presentations at the 2020 Cost Collection Launch Event
Approved Costing Guidance publication
The first two tranches of the Approved Costing Guidance (ACG) 2020 were published on 6 and 28 February 2020. The documentation can be found here. The third and fourth tranches of the ACG are scheduled to be published later in the spring.
Autumn 2019 Costing Regional Forums
Last autumn's Costing Regional Forums took place from Monday 23 to Friday 27 September. The five events, at venues across the country, brought together the NHS costing community to share good practice and explore how costing data is used in wider contexts to support strategic decision making. Slides from all of the presentations at the events can be found below.
If you have any queries regarding the Forums, please email email@example.com.
Slides from the presentations at the Costing Regional Forums, 23-27 September 2019.
Buddying up initiative
Last year we launched a buddying up initiative for acute providers, which we then later extended to all sectors.
The purpose of the initiative is to give an opportunity for providers which have greater experience of submitting PLICS data to share their expertise with less experienced providers, and for the less experienced providers to learn from them in turn.
Those who are taking part have the opportunity to request 121 support or become part of a buddy group consisting of several providers (both experienced and less experienced/new implementers). We aim to match up trusts using the same costing software supplier.
Feedback from the initiative has been very positive, with comments including:
"From our perspective we found the initiative very helpful albeit in our particular circumstances we didn’t perhaps utilise the resource as much as some others could have done. Our anticipation though is to continue to work further with our ‘buddy’ over the coming months to benefit from their greater experience with the system. I would definitely recommend extending the scope to other sectors."
"As an “experienced” site we’ve always been happy to share informally through 121 requests and across our own networks. We view it as an important part of the learning process as not only did it get us up and running when we started we still use and rely on those networks today."
"I found it very useful, we contacted each other a few times and talked about our issues. Quite often Practitioners are working alone, having somebody to contact if you come across a problem helps no end."
Requests for registration in the intiative are currently closed, but will be re-opened later in 2020.
Recordings of previous webinars
Acute Cost Collection Guidance 2020
Friday 19 June, 2.00pm-3.00pm View here
This webinar is aimed at acute sector costing practitioners and covered information from the National Cost Collection (NCC) Guidance Volume 7. There was a focus on how to complete the NCC workbook and use of the data validation tool (DVT). Presented by Candice Goold, Head of Costing at NHS England and NHS Improvement.
National Cost Collections 2020
Monday 18 May, 10.30am-12.00pm View here
At this webinar we announced the cost collection windows for 2020. The webinar also looked at what's new for this year's collections. Presented by Candice Goold.
Approved Costing Guidance 2020 Publication – Review & Feedback
Friday 28 February, 11.30am-12.30pm View here.
An in-depth look at the feedback on the proposals for the 2020 Approved Costing Guidance and exploring the key areas that have changed. Presented by Candice Goold.
By 2020, we'll deliver cost information that more accurately reflects a patient's treatment and is produced consistently across all licensed healthcare providers. Understanding the cost of patient care will help providers to improve the efficiency of their services.
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
We previously consulted on our proposals to improve the costing of NHS services. The response was supportive of the move to patient-level costing with a single cost collections across all care settings.
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