The Costing/ Patient Level Information & Costing System (PLICS) service is made up of a small team of accountants providing patient level costing information.

The service is being is being developed to increase advice and support to clinical directorates.

Based in the finance department within the hospital, the role will assist in the collation of patient level costing information, the National Cost Collection and reports to help with internal decision making and external reporting.

The service has also the responsibility to provide financial reports to external funding providers, as well as NHS bodies.

Applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English & Maths as well as being computer literate and have an interest in working within a Finance Department.

Main duties of the job

Principle Duties

1) Assist the Cost/PLICS Accountants in the collation of costing information to enable the production of timely costing reports for internal and external monitoring, through the implementation of policies and to propose any changes that will enhance own work area

2) Assist the Cost/PLICS Accountants in ensuring that the quarterly and annual cost/PLICS information accurately reflects the Trusts patient costs position and making appropriate adjustments to the patient costs where necessary

3) Assist with the annual National Cost Collection, including preparation, processing, variance investigation and submission

4) Working on spreadsheets, Costing software and other spreadsheet-based files developed by external users to prepare information for the differing needs of users

5) Responsibility for maintaining systems to enable routine analysis and costing system adjustments to be made following procedures and to meet the differing needs of users

6) Assist the Cost Accountants with the production of ad hoc costing/PLICS reports for internal management decision making and external reporting. 

7) To plan and organise processes & procedures to meet current and future needs, implementing new procedures and systems that are in line with the Trust policies and objectives.

8) Commitment to the completion of apprenticeship.

9) Other duties, which may be recognised by the line manager commensurate with the grade.

Working for our organisation

We want to attract staff who embrace our ‘Right Care’ behaviours of compassion, a commitment to quality of care and working together for patients – we want to make these part of our DNA.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This post is part of the Costing/ Patient Level Information & Costing System (PLICS) Team which will provide support to the other staff in the department.

The post has a role in ensuring that the Trust receives accurate and timely internal costing/PLICS, which includes graphical diagrams, tabular information, to enable the Trust Management Boards to make informed and timely decisions and to monitor progress in delivering statutory financial targets. 

The post has a role in ensuring that the Trust meets its external reporting obligations, for example the National Cost Collection, and other costing information requests received on an ad hoc basis. 

The post holder will plan their own workload to ensure that quarterly and annual deadlines are met to achieve the above, they will work within the policies and procedures set within the department, however work will be managed and assessed at agreed intervals.

The post will involve analysis work, interrogating the costing system and financial ledger, providing accurate information to the team, wider team and non-finance users, as well as processing information on a monthly and ad hoc basis. 

The role also includes quarterly and annual procedures such as preparing and uploading data files, working to tight deadlines.

The role will require the application knowledge learned of costing and accounting principles, good IT skills as keyboard use is a significant part of the role, an understanding of the internal management arrangements and strong communication skills.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • •5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English & Maths
  • Experience

    Essential criteria

  • •Practical experience of computer software packages, including using spreadsheets, Word and Outlook
  • Desirable criteria

  • •Experience of working in a finance or business environment.
  • •NHS finance experience.
  • Knowledge

    Essential criteria

  • •Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
  • •Interest in pursuing an apprenticeship & career in Finance /Costing
  • Desirable criteria

  • •Knowledge of the NHS Costing System
  • •Knowledge of Civica Costmaster software system
  • Skills

    Essential criteria

  • •Methodical approach with an attention to detail
  • •Analytical skills
  • •Good written and verbal communication skills
  • •Ability to work to strict deadlines
  • •Ability to work as part of a team
  • •Ability to work using own initiative
  • We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

    We welcome applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.

    We are happy to discuss flexible working opportunities.

    NOTE: This vacancy may close before the advertised closing date if sufficient suitable applications are received.

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