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Organisation Data Service

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

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APIs for the Organisation Data Service - organisations and developers can use the API to access ODS information on Health and Social Care organisations.

Organisation Reference Data (ORD) Changes Engagement Portal - access information about the Organisation Data Changes project. Learn about potential impacts to your organisation and complete our questionnaire.

Access the ODS portal - a quick and easy search facility for organisation details.

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

New ANANA code format in use - 1 April 2020

All users of ODS data should prepare for the new ANANA code format coming into use for all new organisations, from 1 April 2020.

This change is outlined and mandated by Information Standards Notice (ISN) DCB0090 which was approved in 2016.

It means that new codes introduced from 1 April will have a uniformly structured ANANA format with no built-in indication of the type of organisation. These will start to appear in the data from the April file release onwards, and potentially from 2 April in the API. Further information on the changes and what they entail can be found at our information portal.
Please note that it is the responsibility of users to respond to the requirements in ISN 0090 and take steps to address any impacts prior to 1 April 2020. Any risk resulting from non-compliance is held by the user.

If you have any concerns about your transition or require further assistance you can contact the project team at: Quote 'ORD Changes' in the subject field of your email and provide as much background to your query as possible.

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.

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Last edited: 14 February 2020 2:00 pm