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)

NHS Improvement can request that NHS Digital puts in place systems to collect and analyse care. These are known as mandatory requests.

PLICS Acute data collection 2018

The data collection is scheduled to take place from July to October 2018 (inclusive). 

This is a single annual collection exercise, from up to 120 Acute trusts. 

Providers should be aware of their individual collection dates within the schedule following previous communications from NHS Improvement. The schedule has been agreed between NHS Digital and NHS Improvement with trusts input as part of its development. 

Mandatory request

The dataset collected is contained within Annex A of the mandatory request submitted to NHS Digital.

Data Provision Notice (DPN)

The 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 will be 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. 

PLICS transparency information

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