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Tools for service redesign
Make the most effective use of resources by understanding real costs - the tools available.

There are many useful statistical and other data tools to support commissioners and partners to better understand the local health economy.

NHS iView
NHS iView is an online service that provides quick, easy and flexible access to a wide range of health and social care information.
NHS iView allows users to:

  • Access Information choose from a variety of data group
  • Build Reports cross reference data to suit needs
  • Generate Charts customise report tables and graphs
  • Export Data copy to Excel and manipulate data
  • Save Reports store favourite views for auto-updates.

Access the NHS iView site here

NB This site is in development and does not yet provide a full service (January 2010)

Site use requires registrationSite use requires registration, which is quick, easy and provides access to other useful sites, including several listed on this page

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Hospital activity (Hospital Episode Statistics - HES)
HES is a data warehouse that contains information about hospital admissions and outpatient attendances in England. The data in HES comes from the Secondary Uses Service (SUS), which collects data that's passed between healthcare providers and commissioners. HES contains data about two groups (datasets) of patients: admitted patients and outpatients.
The type of information collected for each record includes:
  • facts about the patient treated, e.g. date of birth
  • details of where the patient was treated, eg the NHS trust, PCT (primary care trust) or independent sector hospital (at home or abroad)
  • administrative details, such as admission/attendance dates
  • clinical details of diagnoses/treatments.

By visiting the HES Online website it's possible to download local statistics according to a range of parameters, such as diagnosis, inpatient, outpatient, by PCT etc.

Access HES Online data here

Site use requires registrationSite use requires registration, which is quick, easy and provides access to other useful sites, including several listed on this page

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NHS Comparators
This is a free comparative analytical service enabling commissioners and providers to improve the quality of care delivered by benchmarking and comparing activity and costs on a local, regional and national level. It includes activity and costed data through the payment by results (PbR) tariff from the Secondary Uses Service (SUS), together with quality and outcomes framework (QOF) information, GP practice demographic population profile data and prescribing data.

Access the NHS Comparators site here

Site use requires registrationSite use requires registration. Non NHS employees need to find a NHS-employed sponsor prepared to complete and submit a short, one page application form. Download the form here.

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Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
The NHS Information Centre National Adult Social Care Intelligence Service (NASCIS) has collated key indicators and data to help commissioners across health and social care complete their Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). The online service provides access to data identified in JSNA core dataset, either through the NASCIS online analytical tool, through direct data downloads or through a link to the original source of the data.

Access the NASCIS website here

Site use requires registrationSite use requires registration, which is quick, easy and provides access to other useful sites, including several listed on this page

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Secondary Uses Service (SUS)
SUS is the single, comprehensive repository for healthcare data which enables a range of reporting and analyses to support the NHS in the delivery of healthcare services. It's designed to provide anonymous patient-based data for purposes other than direct clinical care such as healthcare planning, commissioning, public health, clinical audit and governance, benchmarking, performance improvement, medical research and national policy development. SUS data is useful for:

  • the efficient commissioning of services and payment by results (PbR)
  • audit of clinical practice
  • health surveillance and monitoring improving the quality and safety of care through research
  • identifying patients who interact with multiple parts of the health system to monitor equity of access and provision
  • evidence base for the development of health policy
  • better information to the general public

SUS is delivered byThe NHS Information Centre and NHS Connecting for Health.

Access the SUS data website here

Site use requires registrationSite use requires registration, which is quick, easy and provides access to other useful sites, including several listed on this page

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National Tariffs 2010-11
A range of data is available to support payment by results activity, including general guidance and spreadsheets of national tariffs for 2010-11

  • A Guide to Payment by Results - download the document here (PDF)
  • A Quick Guide to Payment by Results - download the document here (PDF)
  • Payment by Results - Best Practice Guide - download the document here (PDF)
  • National Tariffs 2010-11 - download the spreadsheet here (Excel)
  • To view specific MS tariffs, please visit the MS tariffs page

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Performance Indicators
"We can only be sure to improve what we can actually measure" Lord Darzi, High Quality Care for All, June 2008

Indicators of health, performance, quality and efficiency can give valuable insight into how care is being delivered.

Download a copy of the full set of indicators here

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