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Patient Level Contract Monitoring

The Patient Level Contract Monitoring (PLCM) information standard enables the interchange of monthly patient level contract monitoring data between commissioners and providers of healthcare in a uniform format. This will ensure that contract monitoring and reporting is consistent, comparable and fit for purpose across all commissioning organisations and their footprints.

About this standard

NHS England
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Standard type
  • Data definitions and terminologies
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Record standards define what information to collect and how to format it, for example when registering a new patient.

Data definitions and terminologies define the format of individual data items so they can be consistently represented, for example dates or medication names. Reference sets and controlled lists are also included.

Technical standards and specifications specify how to make information available technically including how the data is structured and transported.

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Topics and care settings

  • Information governance
Care setting
  • Community health
  • Hospital
  • Mental health
  • GP / Primary care
  • Social care
  • Urgent and Emergency Care

Dependencies and related standards


This standard needs to be reviewed and implemented alongside NHS Data Model and Dictionary

Related standards
  • DCB2050: Aggregate Contract Monitoring (ACM)
  • DCB3002: Devices Patient Level Contract Monitoring (DePLCM)
  • DCB2212: Drugs Patient Level Contract Monitoring (DrPLCM)

Assurance and endorsements

Reference code for standards issued as requirements in England
Quality assurance

This standard has been approved by the Data Alliance Partnership Board (DAPB) and published as an information standard notice (ISN)

Not applicable

Page last updated: 22 November 2022