The commissioning and benchmarking tool
Download the upper GI commissioning and benchmarking tool. Use the upper GI endoscopy service commissioning and benchmarking tool to determine the level of service that might be needed locally and to calculate the cost of commissioning the service.
Identify indicative local service requirements
The indicative benchmark based on the national average for upper GI endoscopy rates is 0.75% per year.
The commissioning and benchmarking tool helps you to assess local service requirements using the indicative benchmark as a starting point. With knowledge of your local population and its demographic, you can amend the benchmark to better reflect your local circumstances. For example, if your population is significantly younger or older than the average population, or has a significantly lower or higher rate of alarm symptoms, you may need to provide services for relatively fewer or more people.
Review current commissioned activity
You may already commission a upper GI endoscopy service for your population. You can download your own up-to-date secondary care activity data into the tool and data specifications and user notes are provided to help. You can review and amend the downloaded data for your population to calculate the service levels and cost of the service you currently commission. When commissioning outpatient appointments or activity outside of secondary care the tool provides you with tables that you can populate to help you calculate your total current commissioned activity and costs.
Identify future change in capacity required
Using the indicative benchmark provided, or your own local benchmark, you can use the commissioning and benchmarking tool to compare the activity that you may need to commission against your current commissioned activity. This will help you to identify the future change in capacity required. Depending on your assessment, your future provision may need to be increased or decreased.
Model future commissioning intentions and associated costs
You can use the commissioning and benchmarking tool to calculate the capacity and resources needed to move towards the benchmark level. You may wish to model the required changes in capacity over a period of 4 years.
You can also use the commissioning and benchmarking tool to calculate the level and cost of activity you intend to commission and to consider the settings in which the upper GI endoscopy service may be provided, comparing the costs of commissioning the service across the various settings.
Commissioning decisions should consider both the clinical and economic viability of the service, and take into account the views of local people. Commissioning plans should also take into account the costs of monitoring the quality of the services commissioned.
Calculate the potential set-up and recurrent costs for upper GI endoscopy services
The commissioning and benchmarking tool is pre-populated with data on the potential recurrent and non-recurrent cost elements that may need to be considered in future service planning, which can be reviewed and amended to better reflect your local circumstances.
This page was last updated: 31 March 2010