Approved Costing Guidance: collections


NHS Improvement collects information from providers about the costs they have incurred in running healthcare services yearly. This includes both reference costs and patient-levels costs (PLICS).

This is part of the Approved Costing Guidance.

In 2018, cost data for the 2017/18 financial year will need to be submitted as follows: 

  • All providers need to submit reference costs. 
  • Acute providers are also encouraged to take part in the voluntary PLICS collection as part of the national cost collection. 
  • There is no education and training collection in 2018. 
  • There will be pilot PLICS collections for community, mental health and ambulance services.

Preparing your collection

National cost collection guidance 2018 PDF, 2.3 MB

This covers the mandatory reference cost submission for all NHS providers and acute providers’ voluntary PLICS submission.

Preparing your submission

Reference costs

Patient-level costs

We will be publishing further guidance, tools and templates to support cost collections over the coming year. Please contact if you have any questions.

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