The data gathered from the collections will be processed and displayed via analytics dashboards. The data is available to a variety of NHS procurement, finance and clinical users.
The analytical information will more effectively enable NHS Improvement to help providers reduce cost and improve the quality of their services.
The Spend Comparison Service will:
help Integrated Care Systems to identify efficiency and collaborative opportunities
help providers maximise their use of resources and become more efficient, as required by the provider licence
help identify the relationship between patient characteristics and cost
support an approach to benchmarking for regulatory purposes
inform strategic programmes led by Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT), NHS Improvement and NHS Supply Chain
inform NHS national aggregation initiatives such as Nationally Contracted Products
Background to the service
The Spend Comparison service, launched on 1 August 2019, replaces NHS Improvement’s Purchase Price Index and Benchmarking service (PPIB).
The PPIB tool was the first national data set of all provider purchase order data. It has been a huge success with more than 113 million purchase order lines uploaded from 245 different organisations across all provider sectors, enabling the comparison of £14 billion of NHS expenditure.
Since its initial release, the PPIB has informed provider's daily purchasing decisions and contract negotiations. Further, it provides a source of intelligence:
The NHS Spend Comparison user guide serves as a user guide for the NHS Spend Comparison Service. It offers an overview of how to gain access to the service, provides a basic understanding of how to navigate around the site and use the Tool, some examples of how to use the service to gain specific analysis or insights, and some useful tips to remember when using the Spend Comparison Tool.
All NHS Improvement organised training events have now been delivered, however, if you do require additional training then please get in touch with the Procurement Programme team at NHS Improvement by e-mailing email@example.com.
Details of arranged training events will appear here, when available to book.