NHS costing

The production of accurate cost information by NHS organisations in reference costs is critical because it informs the development of the Payment by Results national tariff. NHS organisations also need to have a detailed understanding of their own costs so that they can manage their activities effectively. These pages contain guidance, data and resources to support NHS costing.

Reference costs guidance for 2012-13

Following feedback from the NHS on draft guidance, including on equalities issues, this final guidance sets out requirements for the collection of 2012-13 reference costs from NHS trusts and NHS … Read more → – Reference costs guidance for 2012-13

Reference cost guidance

Reference costs are the unit costs to the NHS of providing healthcare to NHS patients. The Department of Health has collected reference costs from NHS providers for every financial year … Read more → – Reference cost guidance

Draft reference costs guidance for 2012-13 published

Draft guidance for the collection of 2012-13 reference costs from NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts in July 2013 has been published today for comment and feedback. The intention is … Read more → – Draft reference costs guidance for 2012-13 published

Financial year 2011 to 2012 reference costs published

The reference costs for the financial year 2011 to 2012 are published. This is the most up to date information about how NHS expenditure was used to provide healthcare by … Read more → – Financial year 2011 to 2012 reference costs published

Patient level information and costing systems best practice guidance published

Guidance to support organisations using patient level information and costing systems (PLICS) to produce reference costs for 2011-12 has been published today. The guidance identifies differences between PLICS and reference … Read more → – Patient level information and costing systems best practice guidance published

Reference costs guidance and NHS costing manual published

Guidance for the collection of 2011-12 reference costs from NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts in July 2012 and a revised NHS Costing Manual published today sets out mandatory and … Read more → – Reference costs guidance and NHS costing manual published

Publication of 2010-11 reference costs

Reference costs published today for 2010-11 detail the most up to date information about how NHS expenditure was used to provide healthcare by NHS provider organisations. Reference costs are the … Read more → – Publication of 2010-11 reference costs