Costing mandation project

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It is mandatory for designated acute trusts to record and report the costs of acute activity at a patient level from 2018/19. This project is working to mandate patient-level costs for other services in future years.

PLICS mandation timetable

The mandation timetable (updated as of March 2020) supports individual trusts to plan for the implementation of patient-level costing across all sectors.

There have been changes in the 2020 Approved Costing Guidance regarding the mandating of implementation and collection of PLICS for trusts with services in more than one sector. Where a trust is mandated for their largest sector service costs, they do not have to submit their secondary sector costs as part of the National Cost Collection in 2020. We have updated the timetable by trust to reflect this.

For instance, if you are a mental health provider, in 2020 you are mandated to submit 2019/20 PLICS data for your mental health services, but are not now required to submit your acute costs (APC, OP or A&E) at PLICS level in 2020. Your secondary service will become a mandated PLICS collection level from 2020/21 onwards. (Please note, you will still submit your mental health costs at average level in the same format as previous years)

We have also changed the proposed year for the mandated PLICS collection for community services until 2021/22. One of the reasons for this is the known underlying issues with the completeness and accuracy of the activity data in this area. We are therefore recommending that trusts should look at the completeness and accuracy of their activity submitted to NHS Digital over the next 12 months in advance of the proposed mandation from 1 April 2021.

If you have any queries about the proposed timetable, please email costing@improvement.nhs.uk with ‘PLICS mandation timetable query’ in the subject line. In addition, community providers can get further support through being part of the community early implementers group. If you would like to be involved, please contact us

PLICS mandation timetable XLSX, 27.8 KB

The timetable identifies when we expect each trust to be mandated to submit patient-level costs, by service type. This will especially be of interest to integrated trusts (those providing two or more types of service).

Mandating patient-level costs: completed consultations and responses

Acute

Feedback from consultation on mandating patient-level costing for the acute sector PDF, 224.3 KB

This document summarises the feedback we received from the consultation on mandating PLICS for acute services, and our response to it.

Ambulance

Feedback from consultation on mandating patient-level costing for the ambulance sector PDF, 185.2 KB

This document summarises the feedback we received from the consultation on mandating PLICS for ambulance services, and our response to it.

Mental health

Feedback from consultation on mandating patient-level costing for the mental health sector PDF, 162.9 KB

This document summarises the feedback we received from the consultation on mandating PLICS for mental health services, and our response to it.

Help and support

If you have any queries on this project or costing in general please email costing@improvement.nhs.uk.

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