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Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2022 Manual

Jones, Karen C. and Weatherly, Helen and Birch, Sarah and Castelli, Adriana and Chalkley, Martin and Dargan, Alan and Forder, Julien E. and Gao, Jinbao and Hinde, Seb and Markham, Sarah and Ogunleye, Della and Premji, Shainur and Roland, Daniel (2023) Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2022 Manual. Technical report. Personal Social Services Research Unit (University of Kent) & Centre for Health Economics (University of York), Kent, UK 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.100519. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.100519) (KAR id:100519)

Abstract

Knowing the cost of specific health and social care services is crucial information for making decisions about what support is provided to those who need help, assisting service providers to plan for the future of their services, and more generally for allocating scarce resources and budgets. To support resourcing decisions, the Unit Cost Programme has been carried out by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the University of Kent. They produced the annual cost estimates for the delivery of health and social care services for 29 years. Lesley Curtis, a Senior Research Fellow at PSSRU led the Unit Costs of Health and Social Care programme, alongside Jennifer Beecham, Ann Netten and Amanda Burns. In 2020, Karen Jones, Co-Director of PSSRU, led the programme for two years.

The annual publication is freely available online. The work is underpinned by three key principles:

1. The provision of robust, consistent estimates of costs based on economic theory and reflecting the long-run marginal opportunity cost.

2. Comprehensive coverage of available health and social care services, reflective of new service developments.

3. Clarity and accessibility in the presentation of cost estimates.

The annual volume included nationally-applicable costs for around 80 health and adult social care services (NHS, local authority, private and voluntary) as well as at least three articles by academics and practitioners each year. Unit costs represents the total expenditure incurred to produce one unit of output in health and social care. For example, the cost of one hour of a nurse or GP’s time, or a face-to-face appointment with a social worker or perhaps a speech therapist. It could also be a week in a residential care or nursing home or the cost of a day care attendance.

The consistency, comprehensiveness and robustness of what was produced over time has seen the volumes become a cornerstone of economic evaluations and a resource to inform deliberations among decision-makers.

Acknowledgements: The Unit Cost of Health and Social Care contract was completed in 2022. We would like to thank our previous Advisory Group (Ross Campbell, Adriana Castelli, Ciara Donnelly, Sebastian Hinde, Tracey Sach, James Shearer, Adam Storrow and Jonathan White) for their input at our meetings. We would also like to thank colleagues from the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS Digital and the Department of Education who shared the relevant datasets so we can estimate the unit costs. In addition, we received invaluable assistance from Anna Peckham, Sarah Godfrey, Alan Dargan and Ed Ludlow from the University of Kent. Thank you to you all.

The Unit Costs of Health and Social Care Programme (2022-2027)

In 2022, PSSRU and the Centre for Health Economics (CHE) at the University of York began a new five-year collaboration to continue to estimate unit costs for health and social care and to deliver an annual volume.

Item Type: Reports and Papers (Technical report)
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.100519
Projects: Unit Costs of Health and Social Care
Uncontrolled keywords: costs of health and social care, health costs, health budgets, health resources
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Funders: National Institute for Health Research (https://ror.org/0187kwz08)
Depositing User: Alan Dargan
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2023 10:37 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2023 08:58 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/100519 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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