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National Statistics
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General Pharmaceutical Services in England - 2005/2006 to 2014/2015

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01 Apr 2005 to 31 Mar 2015


The General Pharmaceutical Services in England: 2005/06 to 2014/15 report shows information about community pharmacy contractors (community pharmacies) and appliance contractors in England, and the NHS services they provided, between 2005/06 and 2014/15. It is a National Statistics publication and is the only national level dataset that shows this information. It may be of interest to members of the public, healthcare professionals, policy officials and other stakeholders.

The England level data in this publication covers various time periods between 2005/06 and 2014/15. Data for 2013/14 and 2014/15 is also available at NHS Regions and NHS Area Teams levels (see Appendix 1).

The data provided in this publication comes from NHS Prescription Services, a division of NHS Business Services Authority, NHS England Local Area Teams and NHS Litigation Authority Family Health Services Appeal Unit. The data covers community pharmacy contractors and appliance contractors on the NHS England pharmaceutical list dispensing NHS prescriptions under the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations.

Note: The Appendix file has been amended to version 2 as at 20 November 2015. A sort order in table 6b has been corrected that affected Excepted Application - relocations; Excepted - distance selling premises; Excepted - change of ownership; and Excepted - temporary listing arising out of a suspension. London figures for 2014/15 in table 11b and 13b have also been corrected. No other figures have been affected. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Key Facts

  • There were 11,674 community pharmacies in England as at 31 March 2015, compared to 11,647 as at 31 March 2014, an increase of 27 (0.2 per cent). There has been an increase of 1,802 (18.3 per cent) since 2005/06.
  • Most prescription items are dispensed by community pharmacies. In England in 2014/15 978.3 million items were dispensed by community pharmacies (92.1 per cent of all items dispensed in the community). This is an increase of 30.1 million (3.2 per cent) from 2013/14 when the figure was 948.2 million. This compares with 85.0 million items dispensed by dispensing practices and 7.8 million by appliance contractors in 2014/15. 14.7 per cent of items dispensed by community pharmacies and appliance contractors were via the Electronic Prescription Service.
  • There were 124 appliance contractors on the pharmaceutical list as at 31 March 2015, 122 of which were actively dispensing between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015. Since 2005/06 this is a decrease of 17 appliance contractors actively dispensing but an increase of 4.6 million items dispensed.
  • In 2014/15, community pharmacies and appliance contractors provided the following Advanced Services

Advanced Services


Medicine Use Reviews

3.2 million provided by 10,916 community pharmacies

New Medicines Services

775,998 provided by 9,308 community pharmacies

Appliance Use Reviews

34,131 provided by 125 community pharmacy and appliance contractors

Stoma Appliance Customisation

1.2 million provided by 1,747 community and appliance contractors


Last edited: 27 June 2018 10:13 am