We're working with providers to implement patient-level costing across the NHS. Resources, outputs and tools from cost collections – both PLICS and reference costs – to support you to use cost data are available in Using costing information to support better outcomes.
Latest news from the programme
2020 Cost Collection Launch Event
The Costing Team held the 2020 Cost Collection Launch Event at the Hard Rock Hotel in central London on Tuesday 3 March 2020. Attended by almost 150 costing professionals from across the country this was a great opportunity for us to share information about our plans for 2020 and to find out from the costing community their concerns and priorities. The next round of costing engagement events is currently scheduled for Autumn 2020; if you have any thoughts on what you would like to see from those events please email us at email@example.com.
A PDF of the slides from the presentations at the 2020 Cost Collection Launch Event
Approved Costing Guidance publication
The first two tranches of the Approved Costing Guidance (ACG) 2020 were published on 6 and 28 February 2020. The documentation can be found here. The third and fourth tranches of the ACG are scheduled to be published later in the spring.
Autumn 2019 Costing Regional Forums
Last autumn's Costing Regional Forums took place from Monday 23 to Friday 27 September. The five events, at venues across the country, brought together the NHS costing community to share good practice and explore how costing data is used in wider contexts to support strategic decision making. Slides from all of the presentations at the events can be found below.
If you have any queries regarding the Forums, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slides from the presentations at the Costing Regional Forums, 23-27 September 2019.
Buddying up initiative
Last year we launched a buddying up initiative for acute providers, which we then later extended to all sectors.
The purpose of the initiative is to give an opportunity for providers which have greater experience of submitting PLICS data to share their expertise with less experienced providers, and for the less experienced providers to learn from them in turn.
Those who are taking part have the opportunity to request 121 support or become part of a buddy group consisting of several providers (both experienced and less experienced/new implementers). We aim to match up trusts using the same costing software supplier.
Feedback from the initiative has been very positive, with comments including:
"From our perspective we found the initiative very helpful albeit in our particular circumstances we didn’t perhaps utilise the resource as much as some others could have done. Our anticipation though is to continue to work further with our ‘buddy’ over the coming months to benefit from their greater experience with the system. I would definitely recommend extending the scope to other sectors."
"As an “experienced” site we’ve always been happy to share informally through 121 requests and across our own networks. We view it as an important part of the learning process as not only did it get us up and running when we started we still use and rely on those networks today."
"I found it very useful, we contacted each other a few times and talked about our issues. Quite often Practitioners are working alone, having somebody to contact if you come across a problem helps no end."
Requests for registration in the intiative are currently closed, but will be re-opened later in 2020.
Countdown to acute collection - Roadmap to 2020 collections
Tuesday 17 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Register here
A look at the acute costing timetable for 2020, and a review of the recently published National Cost Collection guidance documents. With Sarah Tyers.
CANCELLED Feedback on voluntary collections 2019
Wednesday 18 March, 11.30am-12.30pm
This webinar has been cancelled
Recordings of previous webinars
Approved Costing Guidance 2020 Publication – Review & Feedback
Friday 28 February, 11.30am-12.30pm View here.
An in-depth look at the feedback on the proposals for the 2020 Approved Costing Guidance and exploring the key areas that have changed. Presented by Candice Goold.
By 2020, we'll deliver cost information that more accurately reflects a patient's treatment and is produced consistently across all licensed healthcare providers. Understanding the cost of patient care will help providers to improve the efficiency of their services.
About the programme
To support the sustainable delivery of high quality patient care as outlined in the Five Year Forward View, providers need to fully understand their current models of care and what the impact would be of moving to a new way of delivering services.
Cost is an important factor in evaluating how effectively and efficiently you're delivering care to patients. Having accurate, consistent, patient-level cost information will help you to:
- make the best possible use of resources
- evaluate clinical practice
- compare different ways of working
We previously consulted on our proposals to improve the costing of NHS services. The response was supportive of the move to patient-level costing with a single cost collections across all care settings.
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