Ardens has developed a number of resources to support practices achieving the Network Contract DES requirements for 2021/22. For further information on this, please click here. The following support article outlines different searches available to support the latest requirements. 

For full detail on the available Ardens resources to Network Contract DES, please see the following support article.

To access the searches, navigate to the Population Reporting module > Ardens Searches > 5.3 Ardens National Cntrct Reports > Network Contract DES (NCD) folder.

This folder is broken down by sub folders for each requirement of the Network Contract DES for the current financial year:


The Cancer folder supports practices on the participation of national cancer screening programme and improvement on the referral and safety-netting practices for patients suspected of having cancer.

The Clinical Activity folder (once run) will report on diagnosis, referral and screening activity recorded for this fiscal year.

The Register folder will provide practices with detailed cancer registers.

The Work to do folder identifies work to be done. This is mainly patients that have not had screening advice recorded in this fiscal year. The practice also have the option to narrow down to specific groups of patients, such as Learning Disability, Transgender and BAME. 

To complete the work to do, access the patients displaying in the Population Included tab, check if a patient has been given advice and code appropriately. The Ardens 'Cancer Screening Follow-up Template' includes relevant coding.

Please note - the 'work to do' search for fast track referrals will exclude those patients coded as declined or inappropriate referral. 

For further information on the Ardens Cancer resources, please see the following support article

Care Home

The Care Homes folder supports practices to audit the activity for the Enhanced Health in Care Homes requirement.

This folder  will provide practices with detailed practice care registers, including patients currently living in a nursing/care/residential home and those patients who have passed away in a care home in the past year.

The Care home data quality search folder identifies patients who have a 'care home' code in their record which is not recognised by the PCN DES business rules. You may wish to re-code these with 'Lives in residential home' or 'Lives in nursing home' ((or living temporarily in care home') as these are the recognised codes.

The Network Contract Requirements - work to do folder identifies outstanding work for Care Home patients.

Investment and Impact Fund (IIF)

The Investment and Impact Fund (IIF) folder supports practices with the IIF requirements. A summary of the IIF requirements can be found here

Each sub folder will include a defined register of patients, activity achieved and will identify work still to be done.

Network Contract DES Indicators 

This folder is broken down by two sub folders:

  • Management Information - The Network DES business rules include a number of "Management Information" indicators (prefixed with NCDMI). These are not linked to payment but we understand that this activity data may be auto-extracted via GPES. We have included searches based on these rules so that practices are aware of what data may be extracted.
  • Payment Indicators (IIF) - We suspect that most IIF activity will be auto-extracted using the "Payment Indicators" business rules (prefixed with NCD). You will notice that we have only included searches for 5 indicators in this folder. These are the only ones where business rules are currently available. The rest will be made available in a future update once business rules have been published.

Severe Mental Illness 

The Severe Mental Illness folder provides an audit of the number of SMI health checks done this fiscal year, along with a search to identify those patients needing a SMI health check.

For information on further Ardens resources to support SMI, please see the following support article.

Structured Medication Review

The Structured Medication Review folder supports practices to identify and priortise patients who would benefit from a structured medication review.

The Target populations folder breaks the target population by groups (care home residents, patients recorded as having a fall or admission in last 6 months, housebound, medication associated with errors, severe frailty patients and those patients on 10 repeats or more.

The Work to do folder identifies work to be done and patients requiring a structured medication review. Click on the Population Included tab to identify the patients. Please note - the Ardens Structured Medication Review includes standardise coding of this activity.

zArchive - PCN DES 2020-21

This search folder includes data for last years Network Contract DES activity and is to be used for audit purposes only.

For further information on the additional Ardens resources to support practices with the requirements of Network Contract DES, please see the following support article.

If you require any further assistance on the process above, please contact Ardens support on: