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Contract Monitoring

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:

  • reduce burden
  • allow simpler and more consistent reporting
  • allow easier reconciliation and validation of invoices
  • provide support for service change planning and hospital capacity analysis
  • improve forecasting
  • 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.

Additional guidance documentation is available on the NHS England website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs-standard-contract/dc-reporting

In the event of issues or questions about any of these standards, please contact the developers at NHS England and NHS Improvement: england.nccis@nhs.net.

Current releases

DCB2050 Aggregate Contract Monitoring (ACM) Version 2.0

Release date 08/04/2021
Release number Amd 73/2020
Key documents
Supporting documents

DCB3003 Patient Level Contract Monitoring (PLCM) Version 2.0

Release date  08/04/2021
Release number Amd 76/2020
Key documents 
Supporting documents

DCB3002 Devices Patient Level Contract Monitoring (DePLCM) Version 2.0

Release date 08/04/2021
Release number Amd 75/2020
Key documents
Supporting documents

DCB2212 Drugs Patient Level Contract Monitoring (DrPLCM) Version 2.0

Release date 08/04/2021
Release number Amd 74/2020
Key documents
Supporting documents

Previous releases

Documents for earlier releases of the Contract Monitoring information standards can be viewed on our Contract Monitoring archive page.

Last edited: 8 April 2021 1:55 pm