NHS providers submit reference costs annually. The costs are used to inform a number of work streams including the Model Hospital, the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme and national tariff prices. They are a key source of information about the cost of NHS services.
2017/18 reference cost data
We have produced a short document of highlights and analysis and a guide to using the reference cost data.
The reference cost data is then presented in four ways:
- the national schedules of reference costs
- the reference cost index
- the reconciliation statement
- a database of source data
Introduction and data spreadsheets
This document shows highlights, analysis and an introduction to the 2017/18 data.
The main schedule, showing data for the whole range of services provided by provider, including admitted patient care on a finished consultant episode (FCE) basis.
The reference cost index (RCI) is a measure of the relative cost difference between NHS providers.
A more granular view of the reference cost index (RCI) by department and service code.
Shows the adjustments made to get from provider audited financial accounts to their total reference costs.
2017/18 reference cost data files
Reference cost data is held in large csv files and should be accessed using MS Access or other database software.
This document gives advice on how to use the data contained in the three zip files below.
Unadjusted data as submitted by NHS providers in England.
Market forces factor (MFF) adjusted data.
Remaining organisational source level data and reference cost survey responses
2017/18 reference cost collection guidance
The cost collection guidance for 2017/18 reference costs is available as part of the Approved Costing Guidance. The Approved Costing Guidance is updated each year.
Archived reference costs
2016/17 reference costs
Previous years' reference costs
Help and support
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