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The quality of Mental Health care cluster costing and activity data in the NHS

17 October 2014

Our 2013/14 mental health briefing on behalf of the Department of Health sets out the findings from our costing and data quality reviews supporting the currency development in mental health. We reviewed a further 25 NHS mental health providers in 2013/14. Since 2012/13 we have reviewed costing and activity data at 34 (60 per cent) mental health trusts. The work supports improvement and identifies areas where mental health trusts can take action prior to the implementation of any national payment system. We reviewed processes at trusts to support accurate costing of care clusters, from board level down to the appropriateness of cost allocations used to determine care cluster costs. Service user records were reviewed to check that they supported the activity data used by the trust that is important for costing and payment purposes. This included reviewing the accuracy of the:

  • Super cluster and care cluster; and
  • Cluster start date and end date.


We have developed a checklist to help support mental health trust Board members' and senior managers' to improve the accuracy of care cluster costing and the activity data that underpins it. Please visit www.chks.co.uk/knowledge-base to download the briefing.

To find out more, please  click here.

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