NHS Comparators is a FREE comparative analytical service that enables commissioners and providers to improve the quality of care delivered by benchmarking and comparing activity and costs on a local, regional and national level.
This includes activity and costed data through the payment by results (PbR) tariff from the Secondary Uses Service (SUS), together with quality and outcomes framework (QOF) information, GP practice demographic population profile data and prescribing data.
Commissioners use NHS Comparators to identify and investigate differences in referral and access rates to secondary care in terms of costs and activity.
Local knowledge is needed for interpretation but the comparators may indicate areas where activity or clinical practice is out of line with peers with possible quality of care implications, or areas where there are potential cost savings to be made.
NHS Comparators looks at a whole range of activity: in-patient, outpatient and disease-specific. Providers can also view comparators for providers to see their performance on a range of local and national comparators.
NHS Comparators contains hundreds of comparators and is designed to make information easily available and understandable to all health professionals, not just information specialists.
It allows users to investigate comparative access rates and performance at aggregate level by GP practice, PCT level, Provider level or above.
Help is available in the form of an online demo, a knowledge base and each comparator has suggestions for interpretation for high or low values.
NHS Comparators is completely free for use by NHS organisations. Visit the NHS Comparators website to register today.
Comparators wins award
Case Study NHS Comparators was voted winner of the ‘Best use of information' award at the ASSIST annual awards by delegates at the event.
The ASSIST Annual Awards aim to acknowledge the initiatives most demonstrably “making a difference” to health and social care.
The NHS Comparators website has been jointly developed by The NHS Information Centre and NHS Connecting for Health as part of the Secondary Uses Service programme.