NHS Tariff System

The Payment by Results (PbR) Tariff System used in NHS England is complex and widely misunderstood. Currently, it does not always fairly recognise the workload involved in an individual patient episode, particularly in relation to imaging.

This can be detrimental for radiology departments in particular, as trusts can use tariff returns for workforce planning. We are advocating and supporting a more representative tariff system that incentivises optimum patient care through ongoing engagement with the National Casemix Office (NCO) and NHS England.

Read the RCR's report: You get what you’re paid for? The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) members’ experiences of the NHS tariff system in England