A set of four information standards for Contract Monitoring to enable national consistency of the flow of cost and activity information from providers to commissioners.
About this information standard
The Contract Monitoring information standards are a set of standards being introduced by NHS England and NHS Improvement to enable national consistency of the flow of cost and activity information from providers to commissioners. The standards are:
DCB2050 Aggregate Contract Monitoring
DCB3003 Patient Level Contract Monitoring
DCB3002 Devices Patient Level Contract Monitoring
DCB2212 Drugs Patient Level Contract Monitoring.
Having national standards to support contract monitoring will:
allow simpler and more consistent reporting
allow easier reconciliation and validation of invoices
provide support for service change planning and hospital capacity analysis
allow greater monitoring of equity of access to services.
These information standards are published under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. An Information Standards Notice for each standard (see below) provides an overview of scope and implementation timescales, and the other documents provide further detail for those who have to implement the information standards. Note that while the NHS Data Model and Dictionary documents are listed under each standard, they are consolidation documents encompassing all four standards.
8 July 2021: A minor change has been made to the Technical Details Specification for DCB2212 Drugs Patient Level Contract Monitoring (DrPLCM). This is an update to the drug taxonomy list to finally reflect the 2021-22 list (v16) of high cost drugs that are outside the National Tariff.
30 June 2021: A minor change has been made to the Technical Details Specification for DCB3002 Devices Patient Level Contract Monitoring (DePLCM), in relation to the taxonomy supporting reference table within the workbook.
28 April 2021: Links to the NHS Data Model and Dictionary have been updated in the specification and technical specification documents above, following a recent change in platform.