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Prescribing

Find links to all our prescribing publications and data, plus supporting information and useful websites.

Prescribing is the most common patient-level intervention in the NHS, and covers all sectors of care: primary, hospital, public and community health. It is the second highest area of spending in the NHS, after staffing costs.

Our Prescribing team extracts and analyses prescribing data to identify trends and variation, and to support national policy. We produce reports and publications. We work closely with a range of organisations which have an interest in this information, including the NHS Business Services Authority, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Department of Health.

Statistical publications

Browse our prescribing publications by month and year

Search for a prescribing publication

Our prescribing publications include:

Open data

Open data, put simply, is data that can be accessed, used and shared, by anyone, for any purpose. In accordance with the Open Government Licence, you are free to use the following prescribing data:

Systems

Pharmacies and prescribers often use some of our core IT systems.

Where our data comes from

Most of our primary care prescribing information is derived from the reimbursement to dispensers - community pharmacists, dispensing practices and appliance contractors - for supplying products on prescription. This data is collected by NHS Prescription Services, a division of the NHS Business Services Authority.

Practice Level Prescribing in England: a summary

Practice level prescribing data is a list of all medicines, dressings and appliances that are prescribed by all practices in England, including GP practices, each month.

Have a question? Call us on 0300 303 5678 or contact enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

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