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Patient Level Information and Costing System (PLICS) Data Collections

NHS Digital is supporting the data collection and processing requirements of NHS Improvement’s Costing Transformation Programme.


NHS Improvement's Costing Transformation Programme (CTP) was set up to implement PLICS across Acute, Mental Health, Ambulance and Community providers.
The CTP involves:

  • introducing and implementing new standards for patient level costing
  • developing and implementing one single national cost collection to replace current multiple collections
  • establishing the minimum required standards for costing software and promoting its adoption
  • driving and encouraging sector support to adopt Patient Level Costing methodology and technology


PLICS data collections already undertaken

The following PLICS data collections have been carried out by NHS Digital:

  • PLICS Acute (pilot – 2016)
  • PLICS Acute (wider rollout – 2017)
  • PLICS Mental Health (pilot – 2017)
  • PLICS Acute (continued implementation – 2018)
  • PLICS Ambulance (pilot – 2018)
  • PLICS Mental Health  (continued implementation - 2018)
  • PLICS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) (pilot - 2018)

NHS Improvement can request that NHS Digital puts in place systems to collect and analyse care.  These are known as mandatory requests. Each of the published Mandatory Requests contain further details about the collection and data collected.


PLICS Acute data collection (continued implementation – 2018)

This data collection took place from July to October 2018.    

The dataset collected is contained within Annex A of the mandatory request submitted to NHS Digital.  
The Data Provision Notice (DPN) from NHS Digital to the applicable Acute Trusts is on the Patient Level Information and Costing Systems (PLICS) Acute 2018 Data Provision Notice page.
The submissions were sent into NHS Digital in XML format.  The format of the XML files are available on NHS Improvement's PLICS cost collection guidance file specifications page.
Further details of analysis NHS Digital has undertaken on this data are available on the Acute Patient Level Activity and Costing page.


PLICS collections in 2019

NHS Digital is working with NHS Improvement to plan further PLICS collections in 2019 to support NHS Improvement’s Costing Transformation Programme.

This includes the next stage of the collection under the PLICS Acute (continued implementation – 2018) Mandatory Request, which includes data collection from all Acute providers from 2019 onwards (known in the request as "Phase Two").

It also includes planning PLICS collections from other sectors in 2019.

Further details of these collections, including supporting information for Trusts will be provided as they are available.


PLICS transparency information

You can find further transparency information for PLICS on the Transparency notice: how we use your personal data page. 

Last edited: 13 March 2019 4:32 pm