NHS reference costs collection guidance for 2013 to 2014

Requirements for the collection of reference costs from the NHS.



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
Published 7 February 2014