NHS reference costs collection guidance for 2014 to 2015

Requirements for the collection of reference costs from the NHS.



This document sets out requirements for the collection of 2014 to 2015 reference costs from NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts between 22 June and 1 August 2015. 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 11 February 2015