The cost consequence tool is intended to be used jointly by commissioners and providers, to encourage discussion and facilitate decisions about the type and level of services being commissioned to meet service users’ mental health needs.
The tool is a prototype and demonstrates the conceptualisation of projecting and comparing cost-consequences that can arise from variations in the type and level of services being commissioned to meet service users’ mental health needs aligned to the ‘Cases for Change’ scenarios, which have also been developed as part of the Mental Health Commissioning Pack.
Relevant questions from the commissioners’ or providers’ perspectives may include:
- what is the impact of changes in numbers of service users (increased referrals, better early diagnosis, demography etc.)?
- how might the rates of flow between clusters change over time?
- what happens if the capacity in inpatient care is reduced?
- do we need to invest in community services? and
- how can we best reduce total costs?
Cost consequence tool support materials: