This suite of documents provides the most detailed picture available about how £51 billion of NHS expenditure was used by over 400 NHS organisations to treat patients in 2009-10. As in previous years, the main purpose is to provide a basis for comparison within (and outside) the NHS between organisations, and down to the level of individual treatments. The organisation level data that underpins the national averages is being published alongside the National Schedules and Reference Cost Index (RCI) on our website.
This is the first publication of the Reference Costs since the Review of Reference Costs was published in July 2010, which amongst its outcomes suggested that the data publication could be improved to help users of the data and improve the quality of future submissions.
As a result, we have made the following changes to this year’s publication :
- improved the supporting publication document to give users a better understanding of the basis and potential uses of the data;
- the publication package now includes both summary level data and also some organisation level variance analysis;
- the structure and the content of the Reference Costs Database (RCDB) CSV files have been improved to increase user friendliness;
- included several standard queries for the RCDB to make data analysis easier, and allow users to manipulate and understand the data more easily.
If you have any queries regarding the changes to the publication package then please direct these to the PbR data collection mailbox with ‘2009-10 Reference Costs Data Publication’ as the subject heading.