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Organisation Data Service

We're responsible for publishing codes that identify organisations and individuals across health and social care.

  • Access the ODS portal

    Find local authority, commissioner and NHS organisation details quickly using this search facility.

  • Download data

    Download text files of bulk ODS data, available as self-extracting zip files. Also available to download as a single package.

About the Organisation Data Service

The Organisation Data Service (ODS) is responsible for publishing organisation and practitioner codes, along with related national policies and standards. We're also responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the organisation and person nodes of the Spine Directory Service, the central data repository used within various NHS systems and services.

Find out more about Organisation Reference data by reading the fundamental standard.

Why does my code look different?

The new ANANA code format has now formally come into use for all new code requests.

New code requests will be given an ANANA code with a structure of 5 alternating alphabetic and numeric characters, for example - G7H8J. This means it will no longer be possible to identify the type of organisation from the way it is structured.

Detailed guidance on this change is available on our information portal.

If you have concerns about accepting or consuming an ANANA code, please complete our ANANA code issue form.

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Further information

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    XML Organisation Data Products

    This page contains background information and a range of supporting materials for the XML Organisation Reference Data Products.

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    ODS codes for Cancer Alliances

    Find out about our Organisation Data Service (ODS) codes for Cancer Alliances, and download a list of the latest codes.

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Last edited: 11 February 2021 4:24 pm