Tools for using costing data

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Three tools to help analyse patient-level costing information - often referred to as PLICS.

PLICS Portal

The national PLICS Portal is a new tool which allows users to analyse patient-level costing information.

The portal connects nationally collected PLICS data with hospital episode statistics (HES) data to enable in-depth benchmarking of costs, patient outcomes reporting, patient-level activity analysis, patient pathway analysis and more. It has been developed as part of our costing transformation programme (CTP).

The PLICS Portal was launched in October 2017. We will continue to develop it to include data from more trusts and extend its functionality. We welcome your feedback on the portal and how it could be improved. Please contact costing@improvement.nhs.uk 

We now have a PLICS portal webinar available to: 

  • learn how the portal works and the benefits of using it
  • get an update on the current development plan and key milestones

PLICS data quality tool

The PLICS data quality tool presents an interactive view of PLICS data back to NHS providers who submitted it. The tool aims to improve data quality and help providers ensure that any outliers in their data are identified and addressed.

The tool extracts nationally-collected PLICS data and combines it with hospital episode statistics (HES) data to enable providers to identify cost outliers on a number of levels. It also allows them to identify potential data quality and costing quality issues.

The tool gives users access to a range of specific reports based on their PLICS submission. 

PLICS cost pool benchmarking tool

The PLICS cost pool benchmarking tool is based on the ‘cost pool’ style data collection undertaken in September 2016. This is sometimes referred to as the legacy PLICS collection.

The tool allows trusts who participated in this collection to identify how costs compare with other providers. Useful filters break down information, for example, by healthcare resource group (HRG) chapter, HRG subchapter, HRG code or point of delivery. The tool also offers ‘year-on-year’ views for providers who participated in the Monitor 2014/15 PLICS collection. 

Accessing the tools

Access to the tools is via the identity management service, OKTA. This acts as a central entrance point to many of our existing tools, including the Model Hospital. The document below details how to log in.

Access to the PLICS Portal and data quality tool will be available to trusts who have submitted PLICS information as part of the acute PLICS collection in 2017. We will contact relevant trusts when their data is uploaded and provide details of how to access. If you have submitted PLICS data but don’t yet have login details, please contact costing@improvement.nhs.uk

Access to the benchmarking tool will be available to trusts who participated in the ‘cost pool’ style data collection which was undertaken in September 2016. We will provide the relevant trusts with details of how to access the tool. If you have any queries, please contact nhsi.costcollection@nhs.net

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