PLICS cost collection guidance file specifications

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Templates for software suppliers of healthcare costing systems and costing practitioners who are participating in 2017/18 PLICS cost collections.

These documents set out the file specifications for the collection submission files to NHS Digital and a data validation tool. The data validation tool assesses the quality of the files before submission to NHS Digital to minimise the chance of submission failure and the need for resubmissions. 

Software suppliers and NHS providers have the choice to create CSV or XML files. Whether CSV or XML files are produced, providers should validate their files using the data validation tool before submission. The data validation tool will convert CSV files into XML. XML is the file format required by NHS Digital for PLICS submissions. 

Submission files for mental health, ambulance and community collections will be published later this year.

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File specification and data checks for the data validation tool

File specification and data checks for the data validation tool XLSX, 304.2 KB

Sets out the file specifications for the collection extract files to NHS Digital and the checks contained in the NHS Improvement data validation tool.

Structure of XML files for submission to NHS Digital

XML schema for submission to NHS Digital ZIP, 3.9 KB

Sets out the structure for the XML files which will be submitted to NHS Digital. These files are targeted at software suppliers for inclusion in their costing solution (where the decision is taken to produce the XML files directly).

Schema base elements

Schema base elements XSD, 138.1 KB

Sets out the valid data field values for the XML files which will be submitted to NHS Digital. This file is targeted at software suppliers for inclusion in their solution (where the decision is taken to produce the XML files directly).

Format and structure of the CSV files

CSV format and structure ZIP, 2.3 KB

Demonstrates the format and structure of the CSV collection files which will be loaded into the NHS Improvement data validation tool.

Format and structure of the XML files

XML format and structure ZIP, 3.8 KB

Demonstrates the format and structure of the XML files which will be loaded into the NHS Improvement data validation tool and submitted to NHS Digital.

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