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Primary Medical Care Commissioning Activity Report

Data Provision Notice to require the submission of data from all Integrated Care Boards in respect of the procurement of primary medical services and the service availability of general practices.


NHS Digital has been directed by NHS England to collect data relating to  primary medical care commissioning.

The primary medical care commissioning activity report (PCAR) was introduced in 2016/17 to support greater assurance and oversight of NHS England’s primary medical care commissioning responsibilities. It replaced what had often been variable and ad hoc requests for information with a more systematic approach.

Data is collected for the following areas: managing contractual underperformance (number of contract reviews, contract breaches, terminations); procurement activity and expiry of contracts; availability of services (number of closed GP patient lists, GP practice closures).


This Notice is served on:

  • Integrated Care Boards

Legal basis


This is an annual collection with the next submission period scheduled to open on 3 April 2023, closing on 2 May 2023.

Read the Data Provision Notice and supporting requirements specification

Last edited: 30 January 2023 5:34 pm