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 NHS Payment Scheme prices. They are a key source of information about the cost of NHS services.


2021/22 National Cost Collection data

As in 2020/21, we have not produced a report for this year’s National Cost Collection. However, the data itself is published in its entirety, presented in the following ways:

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

Data spreadsheets

2021/22 National Cost Collection data files

Please note that amended documentation was issued on 19 May 2023, reflecting updated data quality issues. The NCC update log gives details of changes made since initial publication.

Archived cost collections

Please see the pages 2020/21 National Cost Collection Data Publication, 2019/20 National Cost Collection Data Publication and  2018/19 National Cost Collection Data Publication for the data from the past three years.

You can also access reference costs for the financial years 2017/18 and 2016/17 on the page Archived Reference Costs, along with a link to earlier cost collections on the Department of Health website.

Help and support

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