Statutory guidance

Approved costing guidance

Costing principles and guidance for providers of NHS-funded services.

Documents

Approved costing guidance: updated February 2016

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HFMA acute health clinical costing standards 2016/17

HFMA mental health clinical costing standards 2016/17

NHS reference costs collection guidance for 2015 to 2016

Patient-level information and costing systems (PLICS) template

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Materiality and quality score (MAQS) collection template: acute

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Materiality and quality score (MAQS) collection template: mental health

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Understanding the general ledger for costing

Collection of 2015-16 mental health PLICS data

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Detail

This guidance aims to:

  • set out the costing principles and standards, and guidance for both reference costs and PLICS (patient level information and costing systems) collections for the year
  • explain the approach to costing and cost collection that we are encouraging providers of NHS services to adopt
  • tell NHS providers how to comply with the pricing conditions of Monitor’s provider licence that relate to recording of costs
  • support the continuous improvement of costing processes in the NHS

How the document is made up

The updated guidance has 4 chapters:

  • Principles of costing (prepared by Monitor)
  • HFMA’s clinical costing standards 2016/17
  • Reference costs guidance for 2015/16 (prepared by the Department of Health)
  • PLICS acute collection guidance for 2015/16 (prepared by Monitor)

Costing templates

Alongside the guidance, we’ve also published 3 templates:

  • PLICS collection template for the 2015/16 collection
  • MAQS template for the acute sector (developed jointly by HFMA and Monitor)
  • updated MAQS template for the mental health sector (developed jointly by HFMA and Monitor)

Further guidance from HFMA

HFMA has published 2 guidance papers, on behalf of Monitor, which will be helpful to costing practitioners for use alongside our ‘Approved costing guidance’:

Collection of 2015-16 mental health PLICS data

We developed this template to collect 2015/16 patient-level cost data from two mental health service providers in order to assist them with their costing processes. We intend to develop a mental health cost collection over the next 2-3 years to ensure all service providers in this sector have the opportunity to submit patient-level cost data to us and provide a good intermediate step for those that are yet to engage in the costing transformation programme (CTP) process.

This is not the new CTP activity/resource style collection template but is similar to the voluntary PLICS collection we have run for acute trusts over the last three years.

If you have any questions about the template, please get in contact with us at nhsi.costcollection@nhs.net.