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Manage your commisisoning budget more effrectively with these online resources

Associate of Public Health Observatories

The Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO) represents a network of 12 public health observatories (PHOs) working across the five nations of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They produce information, data and intelligence on people's health and health care for practitioners, policy makers and the wider community. Their expertise lies in turning information and data into meaningful health intelligence.

Strategic Health Asset Planning and Evaluation

SHAPE is a web-enabled, evidence-based application for strategic planning of services and physical assets.It Integrates clinical, estates and mapping into one package, enables interactive investigations by SHAs, PCTs and Trusts, is free to users within the NHS, and provides a range of flexible capabilities. You drive it in the direction you want it to go.

National Reference Costs 2009-10

The 2009-10 reference costs have now been published. They describe how almost £51 billion of NHS expenditure, covering over 400 NHS provider organisations, was spent in 2009-10.

2009/10 reference costs

Programme budgeting tools and data

Covering: Commissioner level expenditure data, cancer network level data, cardiac network level data, programme budgeting tools, national expenditure data and programme budgeting costing methods.

Programme budgeting tools and data

Choose and Book – A Tool to Support the Management of Referrals

Hospital referral rates in England have increased significantly over recent years, resulting in referral management becoming a high priority for many local health communities as a means of controlling budgets.

Choose and Book – A Tool to Support GP Commissioning

By the end of 2010, six years after becoming available to the NHS, over 25 million referrals had been made using Choose and Book.

New report suggetsing that a large number of A&E visits require no actual treatment

Of 10.3 million A&E visits in 2009/10 with a valid treatment code recorded, about two in five – around 3.9 million - ended with the patient receiving guidance or advice only. During the same period nearly one in eight – 1.2 million – were recorded as requiring neither advice nor treatment.

Statistics here