Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2021

Please note that minor changes maybe made to this edition until 31 January 2022.

Compiled by Karen Jones and Amanda Burns

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Introduction to the Unit Costs Report



Karen Jones & Amanda Burns

Guest Editorial: Costing Covid-19 a year later: retrospective thoughts on an early economic evaluation of UK government policy

Darshan Zala

How has cost benefit analysis developed in children’s social care?

Lisa Holmes – Rees Centre, University of Oxford


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

Jones, K. & Burns, A. (2021) Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2021, Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent, Canterbury.

DOI: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.92342


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 Karen Jones.

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
  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