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Mandatory Request - Patient Level Costing Information Systems (PLICS) continued implementation (Acute) 2018

A Mandatory Request from NHS Improvement requesting that NHS Digital continues to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of Patient Level Costing Information Systems (PLICS) data from Acute trusts.


NHS Improvement, working with NHS England, is responsible for developing, publicising and enforcing the national tariff, which sets out the price payable by commissioners for NHS services. NHS Improvement is also responsible for licensing providers of NHS services.

Understanding how providers spend money is essential in tackling short-term deficits; supporting the development of new models of care and reducing the variation in resource utilisation. By introducing a standardised method of reporting cost information at patient level this can be rectified. This is known as Patient Level Information and Costing Systems (PLICS).

This request builds on the collection and analysis of PLICS data for Acute providers (pilot 2016, wider rollout 2017) carried out by NHS Digital following NHS Improvement's previous Mandatory Requests.

Note that Annexes A and B are updated on an annual basis, with 2020 being the latest update.

The documents on this page are no longer current but kept for historic information purposes only.

The most up to date version (2022) of this mandatory request can be found below.

Learn more about the Mandatory Request

Last edited: 5 July 2022 3:23 pm