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Reference Costs Advisory Group

  • Last modified date:
    14 January 2011

Terms of reference

The purpose of the Reference Costs advisory group (RCAG) is to provide technical and practical advice on proposed changes /      improvements to the annual reference costs collection guidance. 

The group will focus on;

  • establishing an agreed process for introducing any changes to the existing guidance.
  • improving areas of the guidance identified as requiring further consideration and/or re-work.
  • introducing greater consistency to the guidance by reducing the perceived ambiguities.
  • developing additional guidance to provide an accessible introduction on how to produce and use reference costs.
  • advising how the collection process could be improved including producing supplementary guidance on best practice and key validation requirements that will help improve the quality of submissions

Underpinning principles of group:

  • The group will ensure that local or specific interests are not represented at the expense of providing objective and balanced advice.


Carolyn Wood (Chair), North West SHA
Sarah Butler, Payment by Results
Ian Newton, Payment by Results
Stuart Hansom, Payment by Results
Suzanne Ibbotson, Payment by Results
Craig Hewitt, Payment by Results 
Dawn Mankin, Programme Budgeting
Dave Allen, NHS Information Centre
Marie Edwards, Audit Commission
Claire Walsh, Salford Royal NHS FT
Karen King, Burton Hospitals NHS Trust
Guy Dentith, Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
Lee Webb, Derby Hospitals NHS Trust
David Cooper, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT
David Almond, North Lancashire Teaching PCT

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