Reporting under the Estates Returns Information Collection (ERIC)

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What is ERIC?

The Estates Return Information Collection (ERIC) is a mandatory collection for NHS trusts. Ambulance trusts are also required to submit these annual returns.

The following information is covered by ERIC:

  • Costs of providing for and maintaining NHS estates
  • Costs of maintaining and equipping hospitals
  • Costs of utilities
    • Electricity
    • Gas
    • Water
    • Other sources (such as oil and coal)
    • etc.
  • Waste volume and disposal costs
  • Operational costs
  • Portering services
  • Service costs
    • Food
    • Laundry & linen
    • Cleaning
  • Consumption of utilities
    • Renewable energy consumption
    • Non-renewable energy consumption
  • Carbon reduction targets and progress
  • Building safety

ERIC's Objective

The objective of ERIC is to provide users, officials, and the public with information regarding the cost and operation of NHS facilities. This information ensures that the estates are run effectively and efficiently, and allows users, from NHS Regulators to Department of Health officials, transparent access to NHS data.

How to disclose with ERIC?

This review occurs on an annual basis and the data are provided on NHS Digital’s Estates and Facilities Management (EFM) system. Data collection begins in the spring for the previous financial year.

Before submission, the Chief Executive of the Trust, or a Trust Board Director, must approve the return.


Estates Returns Information Collection, Summary page and dataset for ERIC 2021/22 - NHS Digital
Estates Returns Information Collection, Summary page and dataset for ERIC 2021/22 - GOV.UK

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