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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

General Pharmaceutical Services in England - 2002/2003 to 2011/2012

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts
Date Range:
01 Apr 2002 to 31 Mar 2012


This publication shows information about services provided by community pharmacies and appliance contractors in England in contract with Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to dispense NHS prescriptions between 2002-2003 and 2011-12

Key Facts

· NHS Business Services Authority reports show that there were 11,236 community pharmacies in England at 31 March 2012, compared to 10,951 at 31 March 2011, an increase of 285 (2.6 per cent). There has been an increase of 15.3 per cent (1,488) since 2002-03.


· The number of prescription items dispensed by community pharmacies in England in 2011-12 was 885.0 million compared to the 81.9 million items dispensed in general practices and 6.4 million by appliance contractors. This was an increase of 34.3 million (4.0 per cent) from 2010-11 when the figure for community pharmacies was 850.7 million. There were 566.3 million prescription items dispensed by community pharmacies in 2002-03.


· There were 135 appliance contractors in contract as at 31 March 2012, of which 120 were actively dispensing between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012, dispensing 6.4 million items. Since 2002-03 this is a decrease of 42 appliance contractors actively dispensing but an increase of 4.4 million items dispensed.


· A total of 2.4 million Medicines Use Reviews (MUR) were conducted by community pharmacy contractors in England in 2011-12, compared to 2.1 million in 2010-11, an increase of 325,524 (15.4 per cent).


· The number of local enhanced services provided by community pharmacies in 2011-12 decreased by 1,679 (5.4 per cent) to 29,283 since 2010-11 and an increase of 12,363 (73.1 per cent) since 2005-06. Of the twenty services commissioned by PCTs the most commonly commissioned services in 2011-12 were Stop Smoking (19.2 per cent), Supervised Administration (19.1 per cent), Minor Ailment Scheme (12.1 per cent) and Patient Group Direction (11.9 per cent).



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