National Cost Collection for the NHS

The National Cost Collection publication comprises aggregated costs (the average unit cost of providing defined services to NHS patients in England) and patient-level costs/PLICS (a cost based on the specific interactions a patient has, and the events related to their healthcare activity).


NHS providers submit costs annually. These costs are used to inform a number of work streams including the PLICS portal, the Model Hospital, the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme and national tariff prices. They are a key source of information about the cost of NHS services.

2020/21 National Cost Collection data

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the production of cost data we have not produced a report for this year’s National Cost Collection with the usual analysis and guidance. We have though published the data itself in its entirety, presented, as in previous years, in the following four ways:

  • the national schedules of NHS costs
  • the National Cost Collection Index (NCCI)
  • the reconciliation statement
  • a database of source data

Data spreadsheets

2020/21 National Cost Collection data files

Archived reference costs

Please see the pages 2019/20 National Cost Collection Data Publication and  2018/19 National Cost Collection Data Publication for the data from the past two years, and the page Archived Reference Costs to view the reference costs for the financial years 2017/18 and 2016/17, along with a link to earlier cost collections on the Department of Health website.

Help and support

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