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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

DCB3003 Patient Level Contract Monitoring (PLCM) Version 2.0

DCB3002 Devices Patient Level Contract Monitoring (DePLCM) Version 2.0

DCB2212 Drugs Patient Level Contract Monitoring (DrPLCM) Version 2.0


Previous releases

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


Change control

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.

Last edited: 8 July 2021 11:21 am