This document sets out requirements for the collection of 2013 to 2014 reference costs from NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts between 23 June and 1 August 2014. It follows feedback from the NHS on draft collection guidance.
This guidance forms chapter 3 of Monitor’s ‘Approved Costing Guidance’, which brings together NHS costing and cost collection guidance.
Reference costs are:
- the average unit cost to the NHS of providing secondary healthcare to NHS patients
- used to set prices for NHS-funded services in England
- collected and published annually