Accessing the tools
Access to the tools (other than the reference cost benchmarking tool, which is published to trust planning portals) is via the NHS Improvement website (go to My account at the top of this page to log in). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Reference cost benchmarking tool
The 2016/17 reference cost benchmarking tool and associated guidance is now available and published to trust planning portals. The tool has been produced using the latest nationally collected reference cost data. It allows analysis including national and peer comparisons and offers average and upper quartile comparisons.
The tool can be used to highlight areas where there might be financial efficiency opportunities and also to evaluate trust reference costs to improve costing in future collections. Views include top-level KPIs but also drill down to currency level. We welcome your feedback or questions; please contact email@example.com.
Guidance on how to use the reference costs benchmarking tool to compare costs, activity and other selected operational measures.