The results of the Department of Health survey of all NHS provider organisations regarding the implementation of patient level information and costing systems (PLICS) within the NHS have been published. The survey was part of the collection of 2010-2011 reference costs carried out in the summer.
The purpose of the survey is to determine:
- The number of organisations using PLICS
- What stage they are at in implementing PLICS
- Whether PLICS data is used to support the reference cost collection and
- How many organisations are using the Clinical Costing Standards.
These systems help organisations identify and understand the resources consumed at the patient level, and help build up the associated costs.