Star Approach to Priority Setting: Improving Patient Care and Saving Money (Health Foundation)


Clinical commissioning groups in England will need tools to help them make difficult disinvestment decisions. This “Looking for value in hard times” report, from Health Foundation, describes – as an example – how NHS Sheffield used the Star (Socio-Technical Allocation of Resources) to re-allocate resources within their eating disorder services. The report explains the use of this methodology to inform rational decision making, and how to apply decisions in practice.

The Star approach emerged from research into value for money in healthcare conducted by Professor Gwyn Bevan at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and funded by the Health Foundation.

The Health Foundation plans to develop a Star toolkit for the analysis of data on local health spending and local population health needs. This toolkit is being piloted with CCGs.

The LSE has further plans to link the Star approach to the exploration of unwarranted variations in healthcare, using the NHS Atlas. The Atlas of Variations indicates the possibility of scope for improving benefits without increasing total costs.

Full Text Link


Looking for value in hard times. How a new approach to priority setting can help improve patient care while making savings. London: The Health Foundation, [August 2012] October 18th 2012. ISBN: 978-1-906461-42-3.

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