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Patient Level Information and Costing Systems

A set of information standards for patient level costing which provide for a consistent approach for reporting cost information at patient level.

About these information standards

These standards provide for a consistent approach for reporting cost information at patient level.

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. Current Reference Costs data is limited in its ability to reflect the complexity of patient care and identifying cost variation between individual patients. By introducing a standardised method of reporting cost information at patient level this can be rectified. Known as Patient Level Information and Costing Systems (PLICS), NHS England and NHS Improvement has established a Costing Transformation Programme to implement PLICS across Acute, Mental Health, Ambulance and Community providers.

The three standards which have been introduced as part of this release mandate collection of data for 2019-20:

  • DCB2123-02 Ambulance
  • DCB2123-03 Mental Health
  • DCB2123-04 Improving Access to Psychological Therapies.

A further standard in respect of Acute services has previously been approved by the Data Coordination Board. Follow the link below to find out more about this standard.

These information standards are published under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.  An Information Standards Notice for each standard (see below) provides an overview of scope and implementation timescales, and the other documents provide further detail for those who have to implement the information standards.

In the event of issues or questions about any of these standards, please contact the developers at NHS England and NHS Improvement: costing@improvement.nhs.uk


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Last edited: 16 December 2020 3:16 pm