Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2010

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Compiled by Lesley Curtis

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Curtis, L. (2010) Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2010, Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent, Canterbury.

New in this edition

This year the Unit Costs report starts with an editorial which looks back over the last ten years of Unit Cost volumes and discusses how information sources have changed and how estimates have improved. It also introduces new information included in this volume together with four short articles. The first article discusses the costs of short break provision for disabled children, the second discusses the costs of the Partnerships for Older People Project (POPP) launched in 2005, and the third discusses the cost of a specialised form of cognitive behavioural therapy used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. The final article discusses estimates which have been made on life-time costs of care and the methodologies used in their calculation.


This is the eighteenth volume in a series of reports from a Department of Health-funded programme of work based at the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent.

To a greater or lesser degree, the costs reported always reflect work in progress, as the intention is
to refine and improve estimates wherever possible, drawing on a wide variety of sources. The aim is to provide information that is detailed and comprehensive, and to improve unit cost estimates over time, drawing on material as it becomes available, including ongoing and specially commissioned research and quoting sources and assumptions so users can adapt the information for their own purposes.

In putting the report together, there are a large number of individuals who have provided direct input in the form of data, permission to use material and background information and advice.

Grateful thanks are extended to Ann Netten and Jennifer Beecham who have been an invaluable source of support in the preparation of this report. I would also like to extend a special thanks to Glen Harrison and Nick Brawn for taking expert charge of the design and typesetting. Thanks are also due to Barbara Barrett, Sarah Byford, Adelina Comas-Herrera, Isabella Craig, Jane Dennett, Keith Derbyshire, Jessica Dunn, Christine Eborall, William Fenton, Jose Luis Fernandez, Nika Fuchkan, Ben Hickman, Lisa Holmes, Sarah Horne, Jessica Illingworth, Martin Knapp and David Lloyd. Thanks also to Samantha McDermid, Siobhain McKeigue, Stephen Richards, Tim Roast, Renee Romeo, Julie Selwyn, Joseph Sempik, Justine Schneider, Nalyni Shanmugathasan, Ian Shemilt, David Stevens, Rob Stones, Marian Taylor, Rhiannon Tudor-Edwards, Matt Walker, Helen Weatherly, David Wheatley, Karen Windle and Raphael Wittenberg.

If you are aware of other sources of information which can be used to improve our estimates, notice errors
or have any other comments, please contact Lesley Curtis, telephone 01227 827193.

Many figures in this report have been rounded and therefore occasionally it may appear that the totals
do not add up.


This electronic version is updated if errors are discovered. A log of these corrections can be found here.

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Lesley Curtis

The costs of short break provison
Lisa Holmes and Samantha McDermid

The impact of the POPP programme on changes to individual aervice use
Karen Windle, Richard Wagland, Julien Forder, Francesco D’Amico, Dirk Janssen and Gerald Wistow

The Screen and Treat programme: a response to the London bombings
Nika Fuchkan, Chris R. Brewin, Jennifer Beecham and Martin Knapp

Expected lifetime costs of social care for people aged 65 and over in England
Adelina Comas-Herrera and Raphael Wittenberg


For a detailed list of services covered in these sections, see the contents pages or the index
of services

I Services

1. Services for older people
2. Services for people with mental health problems
3. Services for people who misuse drugs/alcohol
4. Services for people with learning disabilities
5. Services for younger adults with physical and sensory impairments
6. Services for children and their families
7. Hospital and other services
8. Care packages

II Community-based health care staff

9. Scientific and professional
10. Nurses and doctors

III Community-based social care staff

11. Social care staff
12. Health and social care teams

IV Hospital-based health care staff

13. Scientific and professional
14. Nurses
15. Doctors

V Miscellaneous

Inflation indices
Agenda for Change pay bands
Index of references
List of useful sources
List of items from previous volumes not included in this volume
Index of services