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Prescribed Specialised Services

Download the Prescribed Specialised Services 2017/18 Operational Tool, along with supporting documentation.

icon Download the Prescribed Specialised Services 2017/18 Operational Tool [3.98MB]


This product is based on the Prescribed Specialised Services 2017/18 Planning Tool and contains updated logic and accommodation of the OPCS-4.8 update to the underlying classification which came into effect on the 1 April 2017. The product contains the Identification Rules (IRs), as specified by NHS England and should be used for operational use in 2017/18, including generating the flags which determine top-ups for reimbursement.

The Operational Tool is based on the IRs in the PS 2016/17 Planning Tool, updated with additional logic as used by healthcare providers involved in the IR baselining exercise, and has been updated for OPCS-4.8 which came into effect on the 1 April 2017.

If you have any questions or issues about the functionality of the PS 2017/18 Operational Tool, please contact enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

For enquires about the Identification Rule derivation, please contact NHS England at england.boffice_speccom@nhs.net.


Download documents

icon Guidance on installing and uninstalling [1003.71KB]  - please read this document if you're experiencing problems and before you uninstall this product. 

icon Operational tool user manual [1.75MB] - this provides full instructions on preparing and processing data using the tool.

icon Prescribed services guide to identification rules [19.76MB] - this provides guidance on understanding the details of the code sets and associated logic used in the derivation of the PS flags, as generated by the product.

icon Operational tool sample data and expected results [40.51KB] - the sample data contains both Admitted Patient Care (APC) and Non-Admitted Consultations (NAC) data for testing purposes. It also includes the expected results in files, as generated by the tool.

Enquiries about the functionality of the operational tool can be sent to us at enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

If your enquiry is about the Identification Rule derivation, please contact NHS England at england.boffice_speccom@nhs.net.

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