Star: A tool for commissioners

Star – socio-technical allocation of resources – is an approach to priority setting, to help commissioners and those planning services to allocate their health resources to benefit patients in their community

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Key Points

  • Star – socio-technical allocation of resources – is an approach to priority setting.
  • It helps commissioners and those planning services to allocate their health resources to benefit patients in their community.
  • Developed with the London School of Economics.

Together with the London School of Economics (LSE), the Health Foundation developed the Star approach, which combines value for money analysis with stakeholder engagement. An Excel-based tool is used alongside a facilitated stakeholder workshop.

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The background to Star

The current healthcare landscape demands that those who plan or commission services - at local, regional, or national level -...

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About Star

Star is an innovative approach to support commissioners and other healthcare stakeholders to make resource allocation decisio...

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The Star tool

The Star tool is an Excel based tool built in Excel 2007. Due to its limited use of macros, it is compatible with other versi...

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Star online demonstration

As described in the role of the Excel-based Star tool in the Star approach, the Star tool is only one part of the Star approa...

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Facilitating a Star workshop

The Star approach involves a wide range of stakeholders, who all contribute their own expertise and opinions. While this is o...

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Getting the best from Star

The Star approach has great potential to help make better healthcare resource allocation decisions. To get the most out of St...

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