Directly commissioned services reporting requirements

The four contract monitoring (ACM), patient level contract monitoring (PLCM), drugs patient level contract monitoring (DrPLCM) and devices patient level contract monitoring (DePLCM) are the file formats by which providers must report their healthcare activities commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

The purpose of these standards is to enable the interchange, in a uniform format, of monthly contract monitoring data between commissioners and providers of healthcare. This ensures that contract monitoring and reporting is consistent and comparable across all commissioning organisations and their footprints.

Specifications for these, including user guidance can be found on the NHS Digital website in the Information standards and data collections section under contract monitoring. The user guidance document for each provides instructions to users with regards to their population and submission.

The implementation of these standards was in-year during 2021. There will be no alterations to the format of these during 2023/24. Consideration of suggested changes and/or developments to the four standards will start in 2023/24. Users may submit suggestions from April 2023 to Suggestions will be considered by a multi-disciplinary working party comprising representation from suitable relevant stakeholders during the latter part of 2023. Those suggested changes considered by the group to be essential or of merit will then go out to national consultation in late 2023 as required for all suggested changes to national data standards.

Further supplementary information and reporting requirements relating to directly commissioned services can be found in the NHS England directly commissioned services 2023/24 schedule 6 detailed requirements (acute) document or the directly commissioned services  2023/24  schedule 6 detailed requirements (mental health) document. These documents should be used in conjunction with the contractual schedule 6 for directly commissioned services.

Information standards for contract monitoring

Specifications and user guidance for all four monthly contract monitoring information standards can be found on the NHS Digital website.

Other reporting specifications

Other reference material