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Medicines spend and use data discovery data collections Data Provision Notice

National health and care organisations require access to good quality, national data, about NHS medicine spend and use to improve patient care and outcomes, understand the medicines market and manage medicines spend. Discovery work is required to collect and analyse data from NHS providers who have agreed to participate, to work towards an eventual common specification or standard, for data collection. However please see note below about interruption of this work due to COVID-19.

Scope of the collection

The collection and analysis of medicines data, will enable information to be obtained about the spend and usage of medicines, by NHS providers commonly referred to as secondary care, and may include but may not be limited to:

  • NHS acute providers (providing largely hospital-based services)
  • NHS community providers (providing services such as district nursing, health visiting)
  • NHS mental health providers
  • NHS specialist providers (providing services such as specialist eyecare or cancer treatment)
  • NHS ambulance services
  • organisations commissioned by the NHS to provide NHS services, including medicines supply and medicines stock control services.


The collection period starts from the date of publication of this Data Provision Notice (DPN). Due to the discovery nature of this work, data collections will be on an ad hoc basis and will be agreed between NHS Digital and those NHS providers who have agreed to participate. This DPN will be reviewed before the end of March 2021.

April 2020: Update: Note that the work to establish a secondary care medicines data collection from pharmacy stock control has been paused. This decision has been taken in response to the national Covid-19 emergency and the consequent need for NHS Digital, and other NHS bodies including trusts and their system suppliers, to prioritise work accordingly. Stakeholders involved in this work will be contacted as and when this work is resumed.

NHS providers who have agreed to participate in discovery work

This list will be updated as and when further providers agree to participate. 

ODS code Provider name
RJR Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 
RJZ King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
R0A Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust 
RBK Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Read the Data Provision Notice

Further information

Last edited: 7 April 2020 3:18 pm