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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

General Pharmaceutical Services in England - 2006/2007 to 2015/2016

National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Pharmacies and clinics
Date Range:
01 Apr 2006 to 31 Mar 2016


The General Pharmaceutical Services in England: 2006/07 to 2015/16 report shows information about community pharmacy contractors (community pharmacies) and appliance contractors in England, and the NHS services they provided, between 2006/07 and 2015/16. 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 2006/07 and 2015/16. Data for 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 is also available at NHS England Region level (see Appendix 1).

The data provided in this publication comes from NHS Prescription Services, a division of NHS Business Services Authority, NHS England Regions 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.

Key Facts

  • There were 11,688 community pharmacies in England as at 31 March 2016, compared to 11,674 as at 31 March 2015, an increase of 14 (0.1 per cent). There has been an increase of  1,555 (15.3 per cent) since 2006/07. 
  • Most prescription items are dispensed by community pharmacies. In England, in 2015/16, 995.3 million items were dispensed by community pharmacies (91.5 per cent of all items dispensed in the community). This is an increase of 17.0 million (1.7 per cent) from 2014/15 when the figure was 978.3 million. This compares with 84.6 million items dispensed by dispensing practices and 7.9 million by appliance contractors in 2015/16. 35.4 per cent of items dispensed by community pharmacies and appliance contractors were via the Electronic Prescription Service.
  • There were 112 appliance contractors on the pharmaceutical list as at 31 March 2016, 110 of which were actively dispensing between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016. Since 2006/07 this is a decrease of 18 appliance contractors actively dispensing but an increase of 4.3 million items dispensed.

In 2015/16, community pharmacies and appliance contractors provided the following services


Advanced Services


Medicine Use Reviews

3.3 million provided by 11,029 community pharmacies

New Medicines Services

821,893 provided by 9,439 community pharmacies

National Influenza Adult Vaccination Services

595,467 provided by 7,195 community pharmacies

Appliance Use Reviews

37,807 provided by 140 community pharmacy and appliance contractors

Stoma Appliance Customisation

1.2 million provided by 1,732 community and appliance contractors



Last edited: 13 November 2018 2:55 pm