‘Ready Reckoner’ running costs tool for clinical commissioning groups

The Secretary of State today announced the release of the ‘Ready Reckoner’, an interactive tool for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to map their potential running costs based on various commissioning support options.

Developed in partnership with Pathfinder groups, Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) and PCT clusters, the tool will help CCGs to understand the financial implications of different commissioning support arrangements and delivery models. It will also give CCGs the flexibility to work through the potential impact that their population size has on resources and staffing structures.

The Department hopes that by making this tool available it will help to stimulate a range of local discussions between clinical commissioning groups, and with PCT clusters and SHAs, around opportunities for CCGs to collaborate with others, share functions or become part of a larger federation to benefit patients. Most importantly, it allows CCGs to consider how they can use external support options that are cost effective and leave the maximum resources available for clinical and quality design.

See further information and download a copy of the running costs tool.

Pathfinders should contact their SHA Director of Commissioning Development for further information.

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One Response to ‘Ready Reckoner’ running costs tool for clinical commissioning groups

  1. Alison Monica Thomson says:

    Private companies are in the business to make money. They are therefore very careful not to waste their resourses and the NHS can learn from this. However my experience of care under the private system and the NHS were very different. The hearing aid company spent the minimum of time testing my hearing and as a result the hearing aid was of little use. The six monthly follow up visits took place in a varriety of different locations and with different opticians. The whole process was very unsatisfactory! The NHS care on the other hand has been brilliant. Plenty of time was taken to do the tests and give advice. I saw the same optician on all occassions and if there are any hiccups such as an excess of feed back from the aid I feel I can contact the depatment to sort it out. Cost isn’t everything. If the device isn’t satisfactory and the patient feels he is unable to rectify the situation the hearing aid will not be used!

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