Reference Costs Advisory Group

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.
  • 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
  • to provide reports to the PbR Programme Board on issues considered and advice given

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.


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  • Carolyn Wood (Chair), North West SHA
  • Ivy Wong, NHS Commissioning Board
  • George Batchelor, Monitor
  • Alex Bartholomew, Monitor
  • Bryn Shorney, Programme Budgeting
  • Dave Allen, Information Centre
  • Paula Monteith, Information Centre
  • Cath Chilcott, NHS Connecting for Health
  • Howard Davis, Capita Health
  • Karen King, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lee Webb, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • David Cooper, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Simon Gregory, South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Deborah Farrel, South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Laurence Murphy, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jason Dean, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sheelagh Carr, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nicola Hollins, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Sarah Green, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Sandip Kandola, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • David Almond, North Lancashire PCT /Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Stuart Burney, North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sharon Ainley, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
  • Andrew Belcher, Leeds Teaching Hospitals

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