Benchmarking supports viability for service

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Learn how Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital CAMHS department utilised benchmarking to prove financial viability to the Trust Board within one month.

Service line reporting was introduced and identified that the CAMHS income at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital was £3.5 million adrift to its budget. The CAMHS department was given one month by the Trust Board to prove that the service was financially viable.

The review was jointly facilitated by the NHS Benchmarking Network and the Senior Management Team in CAMHS with final recommendations presented to the Trust Board.

The NHS Benchmarking Network supported CMFT CAMHS in the production of a high level report to the Trust Executives and commissioners, their support was invaluable and the level of expertise and data from the team ensured that the service was recommissioned.
— Maria Slater - Directorate Manager, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

An independent review by the NHS Benchmarking Network enabled the service to increase income by £3.4 million with no additional expenditure over the following two years. The NHS Benchmarking Network CAMHS project provides a ‘sense check’ of what good looks like in CAMHS and any areas in the market for the Trust to exploit and develop.

The national data sourced from the Network’s benchmarking project provided assurance to the Board that CAMHS was doing the ‘right’ things and standards were high. The national data enabled clinicians to be engaged in identifying clinical efficiencies and removed professional tensions that sometimes block clinicians engaging in a financial agenda.

You can read more about how the Trust were able to use the benchmarking to prove viability of their services on the members’ area, under the CAMHS project outputs.

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