National tariff payment system 2017/18 and 2018/19


A set of prices and rules to help providers of NHS care and commissioners provide best value to their patients.

The 2019/20 National Tariff Payment System took effect from 1 April 2019. The 2017/19 tariff is no longer current.

The 2017/19 National Tariff Payment System came into effect on 1 April 2017.

The documents below provide details of the tariff prices and rules, and guidance on implementing them.

Tariff documents

Annex A: The national prices and national tariff workbook XLSX, 1.2 MB

Information about the currencies and prices to use in 2017/18 to 2018/19 national tariff.

Change log PDF, 121.4 KB

A list of the changes made to the national tariff document between the statutory consultation in November and the final publication.

Glossary PDF, 112.3 KB


Annex B: The models used to set national prices ZIP, 18.3 MB

This contains the models used to set prices for the 2017/18 to 2018/19 national tariff.

Annex C: Technical guidance for mental health clusters PDF, 1.7 MB

A manual to help clinicians to accurately use the Mental Health Clustering Tool.

Annex D: Guidance on currencies with a national price PDF, 675.7 KB

Further information and guidance on certain currencies for services with national prices.

Annex E: Guidance on currencies without national prices PDF, 317.3 KB

Guidance on currencies specified in the 2017/18 to 2018/19 national tariff that do not have national prices.

Annex F: Guidance on best practice tariffs PDF, 933.5 KB

Guidance to support the implementation of the best practice.

Supporting documents

We’ve also published a number of supporting documents that can be read alongside the national tariff.

Enquiry and frequently asked questions log XLSX, 547.1 KB

Enquiries and frequently asked questions relating to the tariff.

Sepsis FAQ PDF, 279.5 KB

Explanation of impact of national guidance on sepsis counting and coding and model methodology for assessing financial impact

Guidance on the market forces factor PDF, 433.8 KB

An explanatory guide to the market forces factor.

Guidance for commissioners on the marginal rate emergency rule and 30-day readmission rule PDF, 175.7 KB

Non-statutory guidance for commissioners is provided as a supporting document to the ‘National variations to national prices’ section of the 2017/18 to 2018/19 national tariff.

Non-mandatory currencies and prices XLSX, 58.9 KB

Information about the technology and innovation tariff and the non-mandatory currencies and prices we propose to use in the 2017/18 to 2018/19 national tariff.

Innovation and technology tariff supporting information XLSX, 35.8 KB

Additional information about the innovation and technology tariff.

Transition from SUS to SUS+ PDF, 84.2 KB

Explains how to manage any financial impact resulting from the transition from the Secondary Uses Service (SUS) to SUS+.

Maternity payment pathway system supplementary guidance PDF, 985.7 KB

Use this guidance to reduce variance in the way organisations describe and record antenatal and postnatal care; and
encourage more proactive care, delivered closer to home and a more woman-focused approach to maternity care.

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