Point of Delivery

A Point of Delivery is a means of classification for a commissioned health care ACTIVITY, event or item.

A Point of Delivery describes, for the purposes of reporting, one of a uniform set of commissioned ACTIVITY, event or item types and their associated standard unit of volume (measure) for use by all commissioning functions regardless of ORGANISATION.

A Point of Delivery may relate to an event or item that cannot be described by a specific ACTIVITY GROUP or CARE ACTIVITY. In cases such as this a Point of Delivery may relate to physical resource e.g. WARD capacity, a block contract payment or a contract adjustment.

The NHS Standard Contract with Health Care Providers stipulates that it is important to provide a mechanism to validate requests for payment. Service Level Agreement Monitoring systems in widespread use by Health Care Providers and commissioners use the concept of Point of Delivery and the standard measures by which each is counted.

The concept of a standard Point of Delivery is recognised contractually as the means by which differing commissioned health care ACTIVITIES, events or items are reported in the monthly reconciliation statement and is expected to mirror the financial value of the monthly Health Care Provider invoice.

For further information on Points of Delivery, see the NHS England website at: Directly commissioned services reporting requirements.