[A brief reference to this item appears in: Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 3, October 2012].
The Health Investment website, launched in 2010 as part of the QIPP Right Care Programme, helps commissioners to achieve the best achievable health outcomes from every pound invested. The main tools available are summarised below.
Spend and Outcomes Tool (SPOT)
The Spend and Outcomes tool (SPOT), from the Network of Public Health Observatories, is an interactive tool which gives a “snapshot” of expenditure and patient outcome data for the main programme budget categories. This facilitates comparisons between commissioners nationally or with similar characteristics.
Programme Budgeting Atlases
The interactive Programme Budgeting Atlases show expenditure against clinical and health outcome indicators. Commissioner level programme budgeting expenditure is linked to health outcomes, quality outcome framework (QOF) and hospital episodes statistics (HES) data.
NHS Comparators help commissioners track expenditure and patient outcomes. These offer quarterly inpatient activity and expenditure data analysed by programme budget (England, strategic health authority, commissioner and practice levels). Prescribing expenditure and volume data is available. CCG level data will be created online, enabling emerging CCGs to examine their spend and activity.
NHS Atlases of Variation
Programme budgeting data is also include in the NHS Atlas of Variation, which helps commissioners identify and confront unjustifiable variations in care.
Read more: Health investment tools. Department of Health.