The reference costs collection in 2012 to 2013 is intended to build on the changes and improvements made in 2011 to 2012, and be guided by the following principles:
- supporting the development of price setting, and the development of the scope and design of currencies
- improving data quality, validation and assurance
- ensuring reference costs remain fit for purpose, by which we mean that:
- the guidance is clear, comprehensive and accessible, and clarifies all known issues raised during previous collections
- only good quality and relevant cost data are collected
- the collection is aligned wherever possible to the NHS Data Model and Dictionary.
We have also posted draft copies of the workbooks on the Unify2. At this stage, they include only structure and content, and not functionality or validations. Nevertheless, we encourage trusts to consider them alongside this guidance.
Comments are welcome and feedback on this draft guidance. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your response. Alternatively, please complete our response form and return it to email@example.com by 5pm on Thursday 17 January 2013.
We expect to publish final guidance, alongside Monitor’s new approved costing guidance, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s clinical costing standards, in early 2013.