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.
2019/20 National Cost Collection data
We have produced a short document of highlights and analysis and a guide to using the National Cost Collection data.
The cost data is then presented in four ways:
- the national schedules of NHS costs
- the National Cost Collection Index (NCCI)
- the reconciliation statement
- a database of source data
Introduction and data spreadsheets
- National Cost Collection 2019/20: highlights, analysis and introduction to the data – This document shows highlights, analysis and an introduction to the 2019/20 data.
- National schedule of NHS costs – The main schedule, showing data for the whole range of services provided by provider, including admitted patient care on a finished consultant episode (FCE) basis.
- The National Cost Collection index (NCCI) – The National Cost Collection index (NCCI) is a measure of the relative cost difference between NHS providers.
- The National Cost Collection index by department and service code – A more granular view of the National Cost Collection index by department and service code.
- Reconciliation Statement – Shows the adjustments made to get from provider audited financial accounts to their total reference costs.
2019/20 National Cost Collection data files
- National Cost Collection 2019/20: A guide to using the data – This document gives advice on how to use the data contained in the three zip files below.
- Organisation level source data part 1 – Unadjusted data as submitted by NHS providers in England.
- Organisation level source data part 2 – Market forces factor (MFF) adjusted data.
- Organisation level source data part 3 – Remaining organisational source level data and reference cost survey responses.
Archived reference costs
Please see the page 2018/19 National Cost Collection Data Publication for the data from the 2018/19 financial year 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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