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.

Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital CAMHS is part of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Service line reporting was introduced and identified that the CAMHS income was £3.5 million adrift to its budget. The CAMHS department was given 1 month by the Trust board to prove that the service was financially viable.

The review took a month and was jointly facilitated by the NHS Benchmarking Network and the Senior Management Team in CAMHS with a final recommendations paper being 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, over the next 2 years to increase income by £3.4 million with no additional expenditure.  The NHS Benchmarking Network CAMHS benchmarking project provides a ‘sense check’ of what good CAMHS offer and any niches in the market for us to exploit/develop.

NHS Benchmarking Network support

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.

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