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Prescribed Specialised Services 2017/18 and 2018/19

The Prescribed Specialised Services 2017/18 Operational Tool, along with supporting documentation can be downloaded here. This tool also implements the NHS England Identification Rules that are used in 2018/19.

Prescribed Specialised Services Operational Tool 2017/18 application

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This product is based on the Prescribed Specialised Services 2017/18 Planning Tool and contains updated logic and accommodation of the OPCS-4.8 update to the underlying classification which came into effect on the 1 April 2017. The product contains the Identification Rules (IRs), as specified by NHS England and should be used for operational use in 2017/18, including generating the flags which determine top-ups for reimbursement.

If you have any questions or issues about the functionality of the PS 2017/18 Operational Tool, please contact:

For enquiries about the Identification Rule derivation, please contact NHS England:

Download documents

Guidance on installing and uninstalling

Use this document if you're experiencing problems and before you uninstall this product.

Operational tool user manual

Full instructions on preparing and processing data using the tool. 

Prescribed services guide to identification rules

Guidance on details of the code sets and associated logic used in the derivation of the PS flags, as generated by the product.

Operational tool sample data and expected results

The sample data folder contains both Admitted Patient Care (APC) and Non-Admitted Consultations (NAC) data for testing purposes. It also includes the expected results in files, as generated by the tool.

Last edited: 28 October 2021 5:16 pm