North of England
Commercial Procurement Collaborative

Contracts & Frameworks

Patient Level Information Costing Systems (PLICS)

In response to the Five Year Forward View, improving costing systems is one element of the wider system improvements expected from the NHS. As a result, the NHS is moving towards mandatory patient level information submissions from 2019 onwards under the Costing Transformation Programme being delivered by NHS Improvement.

As a result, this framework will allow Trust to procure and implement compliant and capable systems for the reporting of patient-level costing information in order to report and analyse the true cost of care provision and develop service-wide improvement plans.

Background

In response to the Five Year Forward View, improving costing systems is one element of the wider system improvements expected from the NHS. As a result, the NHS is moving towards mandatory patient level information submissions from 2019 onwards under the Costing Transformation Programme being delivered by NHS Improvement. 

Due to the inconsistencies in the costing methods currently adopted across the NHS, leading to inconsistent cost information nationally, it is often difficult tp determine the true cost of the provision of care and to develop service-wide improvement plans. The variation in costing software used is understood to be the root cause of this problem; therefore the Costing Transformation Programme will deliver the solution to this across the NHS. 

As a result, NOE CPC has established this framework agreement to enable the purchase of suitable and common systems for the tracking and reporting of activity-based information relating to the cost of a patient pathway – Patient Level Information Costing Systems (PLICS).

The framework agreement incorporates the Minimum software requirements for costing NHS services in England dated February 2018 as published by Improvement (NHS-i), who in turn work with Department of Health and NHS England. 

These minimum software requirements, along with additional mandatory requirements for reporting and information security provides the assurance that the awarded framework suppliers are able to provide systems that can comply with both;

  1. Mandatory patient level information submissions required from NHS Authorities and;
  2. NHS Terms and Conditions (dated January 2018)

Benefits

The benefits from the delivery of a framework agreement for use by NOE CPC members and the wider NHS will be as follows;

  • Provide a compliant route to market to access capable suppliers in the market;
  • Ensure capability of suppliers to meet minimum software requirements (and facilitate the costing methods and processes set out in the healthcare costing standards for England);
  • Ensure capability in relation to quality and performance;
  • Shorten the procurement timescales for the purchasing of costing systems;
  • Reduce the procurement costs incurred across the NHS;
  • Establish framework baseline costs, therefore facilitating commercial value;
  • Ensure minimum quality, standardisation and consistency of systems used across the NHS that is capable of meeting costing standards set by NHS Improvement.

Appointed Suppliers & System Provided

CACI Limited

  • System provided: Synergy 4

FCG Prodacapo UK Limited

  • System provided: Prodacapo

FTI Consulting LLP

  • System provided: CostPerform

IQVIA Solutions UK

  • System provided: IQVIA PLICS

Jeton Systems Limited

  • System provided: JSimPLiCS

Public Consulting Group UK Limited

  • System provided: PCG Monitor


NOE CPC Contact Information

Alison Petrie
Senior Category Manager - ICT and Technology
alison.petrie@noecpc.nhs.uk
0114 399 2018 | 07824 597 081
 

Patient Level Information Costing Systems (PLICS)