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Most MS Excel tools on this webpage are password protected and you will need to enter your VfM (previously TOP) password to access them. If you have any queries regarding any of
these PHE products, then please contact HealthEconomics@phe.gov.uk
PHE produces several tools to help commissioners understand and inform their spending.
Different tools are useful for different purposes and it’s important to know which
one to use to get the most out of them.
For example, the Spend and Outcome Tool (SPOT) is for use by Health and
Wellbeing boards and councillors, providing a high-level overview of spend and
outcomes. It does not estimate value for money (VfM) or return on investment
(ROI). Public health teams are therefore strongly advised to consider and
present SPOT analysis alongside evidence from the alcohol and drugs VfM tools
(namely the Commissioning Tool) and with the evidence that investment in
treatment is associated with immediate and long-term savings to the public
purse, for example, every £1 spent on drug treatment saves £2.50
(Davies et al. 2009).
Below is a factsheet summarising the differences of the SPOT and the
The Commissioning Tool comprises a Cost Calculator and Cost Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) to support areas in understanding and improving cost-effectiveness.
The Cost Calculator helps commissioners estimate local spend and unit costs, while the Commissioning Tool helps answer the following types of questions:
For LAs that submitted a completed 2013/14 Cost Calculator, this financial information has been inflated to 2014/15 prices and prefilled automatically so commissioners can start to
explore the cost-effectiveness of treatment in their area immediately. If however, areas have more up-to-date financial information and wish to amend their expenditure data, they are
able to do so.
We would be grateful if updates to spend data could be sent to us via the submit buttons included in the tool. This will enable us to provide benchmarked data in future and to have
better estimates of national costs. Spend data submitted to PHE will not be distributed further or used for any other purposes.
Families for which parental substance misuse is an issue often have multiple complex needs. In addition to drug and alcohol dependency, they may experience problems relating to
housing, unemployment, education and domestic violence, all of which can cause severe and lasting problems. The costs of addressing these can be substantial and can fall across
This toolkit is designed to complement the Local SROI Tool (see following section) so that commissioners can demonstrate the social and economic benefits of alcohol and drugs
interventions to the individual, their family and the wider community. The tool captures information about the family not included in the Local SROI Tool to avoid duplication and
has been published prior to the SROI tool to allow areas time to collect the data they need.
We would be grateful if completed data could be sent to us via the submit button included in the tool. This will enable us to provide national analysis in future and to have
better estimates of national costs.
Focusing on social return on investment (SROI) can help local authorities make informed decisions about how to spend their money effectively on services that improve lives,
opportunities, health and wellbeing.
The guide below describes what SROI evaluations are and why they are useful and important, explains the necessary stages to carrying out an SROI evaluation, refers commissioners
to resources available to support them, and provides a glossary of common economic terms/concepts used in SROI.
The SROI tool estimates the crime, health and social care benefits of investing in drug and alcohol services at a local level. We are planning to release the tool in 2016.
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In order to protect the anonymity of treatment service users, figures in the public
areas of this site have been suppressed if they have a cell value of less than five
(5). Such occurrences are indicated by a field containing "*" rather than a numeric
value. This is because of the issue of “deductive disclosure”; the possibility (however
remote) that information could be combined from several sources to identity individuals
in contact with drug or alcohol treatment services.
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Access to unsuppressed statistics is restricted, and is provided solely for management,
quality assurance, and briefing purposes. It is currently the policy of PHE
that service provider staff will not be given access to the restricted area of NDTMS.
Service providers can access service specific data via their existing access to
the DAMS system.
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