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Creating a new NHS England: NHS England and NHS Digital merged on 1 February 2023. More about the merger.

Patient Level Information and Costing Systems (PLICS) Mandatory Collections continued implementation Mandatory Request Information System

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

In accordance with the Health and Care Act 2022 and the Health and Care Act 2022 (Commencement No. 2 and Transitional and Saving Provision) Regulations 2022, as of 1 July 2022 Monitor (NHS Improvement) is abolished.

All mandatory requests from Monitor (NHS Improvement) are to be treated as a direction by NHS England to NHS Digital under section 254 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.


To enable NHS Improvement to perform its pricing and licensing functions under the 2012 Act more effectively. It will:

  • inform new methods of pricing NHS services
  • inform new approaches and other changes to the design of the currencies used to price NHS services
  • contribute to NHS Improvement’s strategic objective of a ‘single national cost collection’
  • inform the relationship between provider characteristics and cost; • help trusts to maximise use of their resources and improve efficiencies, as required by the provider licence; • identify the relationship between patient characteristics and cost
  • identify the relationship between incident characteristics and cost; • support an approach to benchmarking for regulatory purposes
  • allow NHS Improvement to report the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cost base in the English NHS

Further information

Requirements specification

Last edited: 5 July 2022 3:29 pm