Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2019

Please note that minor changes maybe made to this edition until 31 January 2020.

Compiled by Lesley Curtis and Amanda Burns

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Introduction to the Unit Costs Report


Lesley Curtis

Guest editorial: transitioning from reference costs to patient-level costing
Candice Goold, Costing Lead, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Understanding the cost of quality within an online sexual health service
James Moore, Paula Baraitser

The costs of obesity prevention and treatment
Emma Frew, Alastair Canaway, Louise Jackson, Peymane Adab, Kate Jolly, Miranda Pallan


The PSSRU retains the copyright in the Unit Costs series. They may be freely distributed as pdf files and on paper, but quotations must be acknowledged and permission for use of longer excerpts must be obtained in advance. Please acknowledge Unit Costs of Health and Social Care as the source when using costs estimates and information from these reports.

Please note that when citing the report, the following format should be used:

Curtis, L. & Burns, A. (2019) Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2019, Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent, Canterbury.

DOI: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.79286


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.

I Services – download

  1. Services for older people
  2. Services for people with mental health problems
  3. Services for people who misuse drugs or alcohol
  4. Services for people requiring learning disability support
  5. Services for adults requiring physical support
  6. Services for children and their families
  7. Hospital and related services
  8. Care packages

II Community-based health care staff – download

  1. Scientific and professional
  2. Nurses, doctors and dentists

III Community-based social care staff- download

  1. Social care staff and services

IV Hospital-based health care staff – download

  1. Hospital-based scientific and professional staff
  2. Hospital-based nurses
  3. Hospital-based doctors

V Sources of Information download

  1. Inflation indices – (NHS Cost Inflation Index Explanatory notes & Index)
  2. NHS staff earning estimates
  3. Examples of roles in each Agenda for Change band
  4. Training costs of health and social care professionals
  5. Care home fees
  6. Time use of community care professionals
  7. Glossary
  8. References
  9. List of useful websites
  10. List of items from previous volumes