Determining local service levels for an endometrial ablation service
Benchmarks for a standard population
Available data suggest that the standard benchmark rate for endometrial ablation is 0.058% per year, or 58 per 100,000 female population.
For a standard primary care trust with a population of 250,000, assuming 50% are female the average number of women requiring endometrial ablation would be 73 per year (0.058% of the female population).
For an average practice with a list size of 10,000, assuming 50% are female the average number of women requiring endometrial ablation would be 3 per year (0.058% of the female population).
This service is likely to fall under programme budgeting category 218X (maternity and reproductive health).
Examine the assumptions used in estimating these figures.
Use the endometrial ablation commissioning and benchmarking tool to determine the level of service that might be needed locally and to calculate the cost of commissioning the service using the indicative benchmark and/or your own local data.
Sources of further information to help you in assessing local health needs and reducing health inequalities include:
- Department of Health Delivering quality and value - focus on benchmarking.
- NICE Health equity audit - learning from practice briefing.
- The Health impact assessment (HIA) gateway provides access to HIA-related information resources, sources of evidence and networks.
- Delivering the 18 week patient pathway: 18 week commissioning pathways and the heavy menstrual bleeding pathway
- The No delays achiever provides access to service improvement tools aimed at reducing time between referral and treatment.
This page was last updated: 02 March 2012